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The following links are for national professional associations which certify therapists, conduct on-going educational workshops and conferences, and advocate for their profession. On these sites you can find links to their corresponding state organizations. Some also run referral services which can help you locate a therapist by specialty or types of therapy, location, or gender. Though the association websites tend to be geared towards therapists, some contain particularly useful consumer information as detailed below.

The American Psychoanalytic Association
This website has an interesting feature—an “Ask a Psychoanalyst” column (under About Psychology) which answers general questions about psychoanalysis.

The American Psychiatric Association
The Public Information section of this website contains useful information on the warning signs of mental illness and suggestions for choosing therapists.

The American Psychological Association
According to the website, the goals of the APA’s Public Educational Campaign campaign are “to communicate the value of psychology to the public and provide them with information about when and how to seek help.”

National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology

Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
This association is the alliance of agencies responsible for the licensure and certification of psychologists throughout the U.S. and Canada. They oversee the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), a national psychology exam.

The American Board of Professional Psychology, Inc.

The American Psychotherapy Association

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
This website has a Marriage and Family Therapist Referral Directory to help you locate a therapist in your area. 

National Association of Social Workers

Clinical Social Work Federation

American Art Therapy Association, Inc.

American Music Therapy Association, Inc.

American Dance Therapy Association

National Association for Drama Therapy

American Psychiatric Nurses Association

The American Association of Pastoral Counselors

American Counseling Association

National Institute of Mental Health

Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental Health Association)

National Alliance on Mental Illness

The National Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers

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