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Abstract

This
report will show how the American Psychological Association, American
Counseling Association, American School Counseling Association, Society for
Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the American Psychology and Law
Society contributes the field of psychology. Some of the organizations are
non-profit but do require payment of annual dues to remain active members. Although the common denominator of each of the
associations is the growth and advancement of psychology, this paper will also
analyze the unique goal(s) of the various psychology association by exploring
the objectives of each society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There
are several psychology associations/societies dedicated to the advancement of
the psychology field and provide a networking system for those that study in the
field. Some of these networks include The
American Psychological Association (APA), American Counseling Association
(ACA), American School Counselling Association (ASCA), Society for
Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and the American Psychology and
Law Society (AP-LS). These professional networks offer resources, training,
discounts, and professional networking that foster professional development and
advance the careers of psychologists. 

American Psychological Association

The
American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional
organization that represents psychology in the U.S. APA consists of a total of
more than 117,500 members, including, researchers, educators, clinicians,
consultants, and students (American Psychological Association, 2018).

            The mission of the American
Psychological Association is to advance how psychological knowledge is created,
communicated, and applied to benefit society and improve the lives of people.
This mission is fulfilled by developing and applying psychology in a very broad
manner. The American Psychological Association promotes research in psychology
while improving the methods, conditions, and application of this research. High
ethical standards, conduct, education, and achievement are established by the
American Psychological Association to improve the usefulness and qualifications
of psychologists. Psychological knowledge is increased and disseminated through
meetings, contacts, reports, papers, discussions, and publications (American
Psychological Association, 2018).

            The American Psychological
Association functions through volunteer work, advocacy, and many other ways while
promoting health, education, and human welfare. This organization provides
information on federal information and regulations that affect the psychology field. The association dedicated to this
advocacy is called the APA federal action network. The APA Federal Action
Network provides advocates with federal updates and actions to assist in
effective advocacy for the field of psychology (American Psychological
Association, 2018).

            The American Psychological
Association benefits its members and society in a variety of ways. APA members
are a part of a community of researchers, practitioners, teachers, students,
and others who work to advance psychology. This is a global community which
provides professional connections and networking. Some of the popular benefits
offered to the members include a free one-year subscription to the magazine Monitor on Psychology, networking within
divisions, TOPSS lesson plans, and a variety of funding and awards. The
American Psychological Association also offers financial, business, and
insurance discounts (American Psychological Association, 2018).

            Some of the resources offered to
members of the American Psychological Association include high school psychology lesson plans, letters of
recommendation, authorship, crisis management tools, and LGBT mentoring. Other
tools include early career, pre-k-12th-grade educational
material, psychological science webinars, and a variety of other resources
(American Psychological Association, 2018).

            The American Psychological
Association also provides resources to the public. The psychology help center
provides disaster-relief resources, work and school, family and relationships,
health and emotional wellness, terrorism, health care and insurance resources.
These are just a few of the interest areas offered to the public (American
Psychological Association, 2018).

American Counseling Association

            The
American Counseling Association (ACA) is a non-profit professional and
educational association with a mission of enhancing the counseling profession.
ACA was founded in 1952 and is the largest association which exclusively
represents professional counselors, in a variety of clinical and academic settings.
The American Counseling Association is made up of 20 divisions within its
organization (American Counseling Association, 2018).

            The American Counseling
Association’s mission is to improve the quality of life within society. This
mission is accomplished by promoting the development
of professional counselors, advancing the profession, and using it to encourage
respect for human dignity and diversity. The American Counseling Association
functions on the contributions of ACA members and other donors. This foundation
gives monetary support to those in the counseling profession through grants and
scholarships. (American Counseling Association, 2018).

            Membership benefits of the American
Counseling Association include ACA
insurance programs, professional liability, life, disability, and dental, auto,
home, and long-term care insurance. Members enjoy discounts from Bank of America, Choice Hotels, Elavon Merchant
services, Alvis and Budget car rental services, Office Depot, prescription
costs, books, and therapy sites. Members of the American Counseling Association
can also benefit from employment resources available through ACA. These
services include the use of job boards to seek employment, post
resumes, receive customized job alerts, use of career consultants, and
resume/cover letter reviews. Leadership development can be accessed through ACA
committees, task forces, and the ACA Governing Council. Each summer ACA hosts
the Institute for Leadership Training to encourage professional development
(American Counseling Association, 2018).

            Resources available to the members
of the American Counseling Association include an electronic copy of the Journal of Counseling and Development
(24-hour access), 12 issues of Counseling
Today magazine. Other publications include e-News publications: School Counselors, Mental Health, Private
Practice, Community Agency Counselors, Counselor Educators, Counseling
Students, and New Professionals. Members of the American Counseling
Association can also access professional resources within the membership showcase.
Books for counselors across a wide range of disciplines are published by ACA
multiple times per year. E-books can be downloaded in a variety of formats, as well
as journals and magazines. (American Counseling Association, 2018).

            The
American Counseling Association offers public resources through the knowledge
center. The disaster mental health resources are
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) disaster
distress helpline. The hotline provides 24/7 crisis intervention. The hotline can
be accessed by calling or texting the toll-free number.
A number of resources for a number of mental and emotional distress is also made
available to the public through the American Counseling Association (American
Counseling Association, 2018).

American
School Counseling Association

            The American
School Counseling Association assists school counselors who promote academic,
career, social, and emotional development of students. School counselors are trained
to assist students to successfully complete school and lead lives as
responsible adults. The American School Counselor Association promotes
professional development through publications and other resources (American
School Counseling Association, 2018).

            The mission of the American School Counselor Association
is to be a steward of professionalism and ethics. This mission is fulfilled
through goals and objectives set forth by the association. Information that is
relevant to the profession is made available in a timely, consistent manner to
enhance the counselor’s skill level and professional development. The American
School Counselor Association initiates research within the profession and evaluates
school counseling programs through an organizational structure and
administrative functions that are maintained by the American School Counselor
Association.

Members
of the American School Counselor Association enjoy benefits such as the ASCA
Scene. ASCA Scene is a professional networking site which can provide help with
problems or concerns, advice on products or programs, and an online resource
center. Members of the American School Counseling Association can also earn
professional development hours through a webinar series on a variety of topics.
These webinars can be viewed live, or afterward in the archives (American School
Counseling Association, 2018).

Resources
offered to members include the Professional
School Counseling journal. This journal includes the most recent advances in
theory, research, practice, and techniques. The ASCA School Counselor magazine is also available to ASCA members.
This magazine includes practical information and solutions to common problems
faced by counselors. The ASCA Aspects
provides counseling resources concerning new projects, resources, and member
benefits. Other resources available to school counselors include state requirements
for school counselors and education resources for school counselors who wish to
continue education. This area identifies school counseling certification
options. The American School Counselor Association outlines knowledge
concerning the competencies that a counselor must possess, these competencies
include the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that play a vital role in the
school counseling profession (American School Counseling Association, 2018).

            Public benefits and resources offered by ASCA include:
back to school tips for parents as it relates to counselors. These tips include school counselor responsibilities, how
often and when to meet with the school counselor, what challenges and concerns
to address with the school counselor, and how to identify resources and find
solutions to problems with the school counselor (American School Counseling
Association, 2018). Although ASCA is a non-profit organization, it functions
through funding provided by members and
other donors. This monetary support helps the foundation create, implement, and
distribute knowledge that is vital to its members (American School Counseling
Association, 2018).

Society
for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

            The Society for
Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) provides financial support to
advance the field of Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology. Members and
other contributors can show tangible support for Industrial-Organizational
Psychology through this organization. These tax-deductible gifts are used to
enhance the practice and science of I-O Psychology; a field which promotes
productivity in the workplace. The Society for Industrial and Organizational
Psychology was established in 1996 and has since raised $3 million. Over
$300,000 was dedicated to awards, scholarships, and grants (Society for
Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2018).

            The mission of the Society for Industrial and
Organizational Psychology association is to fund research which advances the
Industrial-Organizational psychology field. This foundation is based on a
structure which requires tangible support from donors and its members. This
tangible support is used to extend the outreach of the practice and science
involved in I-O psychology. SIOP functions through the advancement, scholarship,
incubator, and incubator/emerging issues funds. These funds are dedicated to
the advancement of SIOP. Term and endowed named gifts are funds of a specific
amount, for a specific award, project, or program; dedicated to a specific
person or institution (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2018). 

The
Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology offers its members subscriptions which include: Industrial and Organizational Psychology:
Perspectives on Science and Practice. This is the official journal of I-O
Psychology. The Industrial-Organizational
Psychologist is a digital news publication which is published quarterly. Newsbriefs is a monthly newsletter
available electronically. Members can also subscribe to the members only SIOP
research access service (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2018).
Members of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology can enjoy
benefits of networking through social
media, the annual conference, Leading Edge Consortium, media resources
databases, committee volunteerism, and the SIOP consultant locator service.
Other benefits include discounts on the annual conference registration fees,
twenty percent off publications offered in the SIOP store, a subscription for resume
postings in the placement center, and other grants, awards, and scholarships
offered by SIOP (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2018).

Professional
members of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology can benefit
from the research and practice resources available through SIOP, which include:
white papers, webinars, advocacy in Washington, D.C., I-O teaching material,
salary surveys, partnerships with other psychological associations such as:
APA, APS, EAWOP, CPA, IAAP, and SIOPSA. Continuing education credits, social
media, YouTube videos, and the SIOP Job Net Placement Center are also available
to the members of SIOP (Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2018).
Student members of SIOP can review graduate training programs, find
internships, mentoring programs, attend the Master and Doctoral Consortia, and
post resumes to the Conference Placement Center (by subscription) (Society for
Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2018).

            Public resources offered by SIOP include recent I-O
articles, publications explaining what the I-O psychologist job entails, help
with finding I-O psychologists who specialize in specific topics, and press
release tips. This association also provides SIOP brochures: Becoming an I-O
Psychologist, how the profession maximizes organizational and employee
potential. Other brochures include brochures for organizations, managers, and
business people on how I-O psychology can help businesses (Society for
Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2018).

American
Psychology-Law Society

            The American
Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) uses basic and applied research to advance the
contributions of psychology to understand the law
and legal institutions. These professionals promote the education of psychologists in legal settings
and train legal personnel in psychology matters. AP-LS has more than 3,200 members and is an interdisciplinary association
concerned with psychology and law. AP-LS provides financial support to students
and professionals who research within the psychology-law disciplines (American
Psychology and Law Society, 2018).      

The
mission of the American Psychology-Law Society is to advance well-being,
justice, and human rights through the practice of psychology in a legal context.
The American Psychology-Law Society
advances well-being, justice, and human rights through the practice of
psychology in a legal setting. The American Psychology-Law Society foundation
has committees which focus on specific interests within the field. Grants are
provided to students and professionals who partake in psychology-law research.

AP-LS
functions through advocacy and promoting federal research funding. This
foundation requires its members to pay dues which helps with the monetary needs
to keep this organization functioning (American Psychology and Law Society, 2018).

            AP-LS is a division of
the American Psychological Association and its members enjoy benefits from both
organizations. These members also enjoy resources such as publications: Law and Human Behavior (six times a
year), the American Psychology-Law
newsletter (electronic, three times a year). AP-LS sponsors annual meetings, as
well as programs available at the American Psychological Association
convention. AP-LS develops course syllabi
and teaching material for its members. This organization conducts a survey of
career opportunities concerning psychology and law for prospective students or current graduates. AP-LS studies special
ethical problems in expert testimony and surveys
women’s issues within the psychology and law professions. This organization
sponsors a science policy forum (American Psychology and Law Society, 2018). AP-LS
has various categories of membership. Psychologists who are associates/members
of APA can join in that capacity.
Non-psychologists (such as lawyers and sociologists) who are not members of APA
may join if there is satisfactory evidence which supports individual
contributions to the field of psychology and law. Undergraduate, graduate and law students may join if they are
enrolled in a social or behavioral science program. This membership also
contains a subscription to the Law and
Human Behavior newsletter (American Psychology and Law Society, 2018).

            AP-LS offers public resources such as research
activities, topic-specific articles, and
research conducted by psychologists, legal personnel, and others are available
through the website. Education and training available to psychologists and
legal personnel are offered to the public through the AP-LS website. These
topics include graduate training programs, a syllabus collection, and teaching
resources (American Psychology and Law Society, 2018).

These
professional psychology networks, APA, ACA, ASCA, SIOP, and AP-LS provide
valuable resources for its members. These resources can be used by students,
counselors, and psychologists at various levels of an individual’s career. The
networking opportunities provided by these organizations can help professionals
connect with other professionals. These professionals can assist with problems,
share innovative ideas, and resources to help professionals who help the
public. These professional networks provide many benefits for its members, the
public, and for the advancement of the psychology field.

 

References

American Counseling
Association. (2018). http://www.counseling.org

American Psychological
Association. (2018). http://www.apa.org

American School
Counseling Association. (2018). www.schoolcounselor.org

American Psychology and
Law Society. (2018). http://www.ap-ls.org

Society for Industrial
and Organizational Psychology. (2018). http://www.siop.org