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American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

Between 7 and 12 million American youth suffer from mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders at any given time. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders.

 

AACAP, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 1953. It is a membership-based organization, composed of over 8,800+ child and adolescent psychiatrists and other interested physicians. Its members actively research, evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders and pride themselves on giving direction and responding quickly to new developments in addressing the health care needs of children and their families.

 

AACAP widely distributes information in an effort to promote an understanding of mental illnesses and remove the stigma associated with them; advance efforts in prevention of mental illnesses, and assure proper treatment and access to services for children and adolescents.

 

Mission
The mission of AACAP is the promotion of the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research, and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers.

 

Learn more:  www.aacap.org

 

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American College Counseling Association (ACCA)

ACCA is an Association for those persons in higher education to include colleges, universities, community and technical college settings, whose professional identity is counseling and whose purpose is fostering students’ development. ACCA strives to support and enhance the practice of college counseling, to promote ethical and responsible professional practice, to promote communication and exchange among college counselors across service areas and institutional settings, to encourage cooperation with other organizations related to higher education and college student development, and to provide leadership and advocacy for the profession of counseling in higher education. ACCA is a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA). The mission of the American College Counseling Association is to be the interdisciplinary and inclusive professional home that supports emerging and state of the art knowledge and resources for counseling professionals in higher education.

 

Learn more: www.collegecounseling.org

 

 

American College Health Association (ACHA)

Since 1920, the American College Health Association (ACHA) has linked college health professionals throughout the nation (and more recently around the globe), forming a powerful, collaborative networking base. This unique synthesis of vision and knowledge, of practice and policy, can guide and support you and your health service, your health programs, and your professional development.

Our Mission Statement

To serve as the principal leadership organization for advancing the health of college students and campus communities through advocacy, education, and research.

 

Learn more: www.acha.org

 

 

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American College Personnel Association (ACPA)

American College Personnel Association (ACPA), headquartered in Washington, D.C. at the National Center for Higher Education, is the leading comprehensive student affairs association that advances student affairs and engages students for a lifetime of learning and discovery. ACPA leads the student affairs profession and the higher education community in providing outreach, advocacy, research, and professional development to foster college student learning. ACPA’s mission supports and fosters college student learning through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, which informs policies, practices and programs for student affairs professionals and the higher education community.

 

Learn more: www.myacpa.org

 

 

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American Psychiatric Association (APA)

 

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is the medical specialty society representing 36,000 psychiatrists in the U.S. and from around the world. APA, founded in 1844, is the largest and longest-serving psychiatric medical association. Its member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including intellectual disability and substance use disorders. APA is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. APA members are medical specialists who are psychiatrists or in the process of becoming psychiatrists.

 

APA works to:

■ Promote the highest quality care for individuals with mental disorders

■ Promote psychiatric education and research

■ Advance and represent the profession of psychiatry

 

Learn more: www.psychiatry.org

 

 

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American Psychological Association (APA)

 

The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world’s largest association of psychologists, with more than 134,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

 

Our mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.

 

Learn more: www.apa.org

 

 

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Association for University and College Counseling Directors (AUCCCD) 

 

The mission of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) is to assist college/university directors in providing effective leadership and management of their centers, in accord with the professional principles and standards with special attention to issues of diversity and multiculturalism. AUCCCD promotes the awareness of student mental health and development issues in higher education through research, advocacy, education, and training provided to members, professional organizations, and the public. We are the only organization with a primary focus on the leadership and administration of collegiate counseling and mental health services.

 

Learn more: www.aucccd.org

 

 

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The Jed Foundation

 

The Jed Foundation is a leading nonprofit working to protect the emotional health of teenagers and colleges students. Our programs are inspiring a new national dialogue on mental health, encouraging millions of young people to speak up and take action, and changing the way academic institutions create healthier campus communities and prevent substance abuse and self-harm.  These programs include:  JedCampus, a groundbreaking self-assessment and feedback program that helps colleges create more comprehensive solutions to support their students; ULifeline, an online resource that helps students understand and address mental health conditions like depression and anxiety disorders; the Half of Us campaign, with MTV, which uses online and on-air programming to share stories and encourage help-seeking; the Love is Louder movement that helps individuals, communities and schools build resiliency, create connectedness and promote acceptance; Transition Year, an online resource for parents aimed at helping to ensure a smooth, healthy transition into college life; and a portfolio of resources that helps campuses promote emotional health and protect at-risk students.

 

Learn more: www.jedfoundation.org

 

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NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

 

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. We serve a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of our colleges and universities. Established in 1918 and founded in 1919, NASPA is comprised of 13,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories.

 

Through high-quality professional development, strong policy advocacy, and substantive research to inform practice, NASPA meets the diverse needs and invests in realizing the potential of all its members under the guiding principles of integrity, innovation, inclusion, and inquiry. NASPA members serve a variety of functions and roles, including the vice president and dean for student life, as well as professionals working within housing and residence life, student unions, student activities, counseling, career development, orientation, enrollment management, racial and ethnic minority support services, and retention and assessment.

 

Learn more: www.naspa.org