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 9,900 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.
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
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.
American College Health Association (ACHA)
Since 1920, the American College Health Association (ACHA) has served as the voice for student health and wellness. Through advocacy, research and education, ACHA stands at the forefront of issues that impact the health and wellness of our college students. ACHA represents over 800 institutions of higher education and the collective health and wellness needs of 20 million college students. ACHA serves nearly 5,500 individual college health and wellness professionals and leaders of all disciplines united together to advance the health and wellness of college students. Membership in ACHA is your key to unlocking tremendous vision and knowledge that can enrich your campuses’ health and wellness services, your professional development, and efforts toward creating a culture of wellness on your campus.
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
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
American Psychiatric Association (APA)
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is the medical specialty society representing 37,400 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 substance use disorders. APA is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. 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 illnesses, including substance abuse use disorders, and their families
■ Promote psychiatric education and research
■ Advance and represent the profession of psychiatry
■ Serve the professional needs of its membership
Learn more: www.psychiatry.org
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
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
The Jed Foundation
The Jed Foundation (JED) is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding, and action for young adult mental health. Check out our programs including: JED Campus (jedcampus.org), Set to Go (settogo.org), ULifeline (ulifeline.org), Half of Us (halfofus.com), Love is Louder (loveislouder.com), and Seize the Awkward (seizetheawkward.org).
Learn more: www.jedfoundation.org
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