American Psychological Association

Summary of organization’s purpose.

The organization was formed for the sole purpose of uniting the key subspecialties. The key subspecialties include the association of Trauma Psychologists, Clinical Neuropsychology, American Psychology-Law Society, and School Psychology. , Society of Clinical Psychology, Society for the Teaching of Psychology and the Society for General Psychology.

The association other purposes include to broaden or encourage the creation and use of psychology in diverse areas.  The other purposes include promoting research in psychology at the local level and international levels, and publishing the research findings to further these researchers. Additionally, the association also aims at improving qualification of psychologists by setting the standards of performance, conduct and ethics as well as education and achievement. The organization also rewards the achievers and points out where possible improvement areas. However, the main important  purpose that the organization was established to perform include researching and inseminating  psychological knowledge by organization meetings fairs, professional contacts and publishing professional reports, as well as trying to organize  public discussion on important psychological issues, topics, researchers, and achievements.


The core function is to unite the professionals and students from 54 divisions of the APA. Other function include advocate for psychological knowledge and use of psychology in different areas of life as well as informing the policy makers and rage public on public policies as well as daily life. They also educate the students, and professionals on latest practices and ethical standards.

 Mission: the main mission of the APA is mainly to help in advancing the development, communication as well as application of psychological knowledge in both professional practices in order to improve the society’s life. It is important to note that this is the only body charged with researching, and publishing breakthrough in research for the benefits of the entire public (Watson, &, Skinner, 2004).


The benefits of the association include access to research publication at a subsidized fee and membership to professional meeting. Recommendations by the association to the potential employers and exposure to new and advanced research finessing that can help one improve his professional practice. It is also important to note that APA.

The other benefits include networking with member with the professionals in the area of interest as the body has over eight divisions including the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Members can network with other students, faculty, post-docs, and professionals in their areas of interest for the benefit of establishing a professional identity. Apart from networking, the members can get access to the latest research findings in any area of interest. For example, the main function of Division 5, which is mainly involved in Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics, publishes premier journals, all the latest psychological methods that can be accessed by students and members are reduced prices. The organization has division that arc charged with publishing newsletter, email list servers to alert the members of upcoming meeting, workshops as well as conferences.

The body  also represent the interest of the psychology students  as the student are encouraged to network and suggest, comment or even complain about things affecting their career,  and life to the respective bodies. Finally, while membership fees are charged, the association’s rates are very cheap and easy as the students awarded discounts on their membership divisions. Finally, the other benefit of joining APA is the access to award recognition and possible findings for research in specific interest areas. All undergraduate and graduate students have equal opportunity when it comes to funding and awards

Resources it offers to members and the public:

The association has many resources. For example, both the members and the public can access the journal publication on varies fields. The groups have over 70 journals including the American Psychologist, which is the Association’s official journal. These journal are offered at discounts to member, but at premium   prices to the public


American School Counseling Association (ASCA)

Summary of organization’s purpose

The organization channels all individual and corporate donations towards supporting  all projects of   foundation which including encouraging school to adopt counseling as a mean to help students  and  staff improve the effectiveness of their members as opposed to punishment  (Steen, & Noguera, 2010, pp. 42-52).



The main fun action of the ASCA  include encouraging grants to help in furthering the school counseling  profession and also help in developing all students. 


The main mission is to foster research also educate the public, students and teacher on various topics that can help the school counselors and the students. The foundation also provides the students and counselors with scholarships as well as grants aimed at improving the school counseling program


The foundations initiates projects aimed at helping the embers enhance their personal, career as well as the academic development of the students. The association is also useful to the members as they help the member’s research and provide the members with researches on school counseling. Finally, the association develops standards as well as bets practices that can be applied for successful school counseling programs. The foundation also publishes the researches done by members.  Other benefits include the regular, certified professional development opportunities in addition to the regular annual conference, webinars and local workshops. Finally, the last benefits offered by the body is the liability insurance which the foundation designed to help their members overcome risks with your career and financial stability (Schellenberg, 2012)

Resources it offers to members and the public

The resources the foundation offers its members include the ASCA’s award winning journal – the Professional School Counseling Journal, the both monthly ASCA School Counselor Magazine, Discounted Publications (ASCA, 2004).


Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

Summary of organization’s purpose

The organization function is to support al the SIOP members   with their studies and help them apply and teach the principles and findings as well as methods of industrial organizational psychology. It is also important to note that the other benefit is to crate forums where both the members and the public can exchange information, scientific research as well as insight on various findings related to industrial psychology. The final purpose of the SIOP is to identify opportunities for application, expansion and development of science and practice in industrial organizational psychology.


The main function of SIOP is to promote education of current and potential industrial organizational psychologists and to promote public awareness of this noble field.  The society has successfully pushed for the adoption of the practice as a discipline in school, and the development of curriculum for use in teaching the same


The society’s mission is to enhance the human wellbeing and   optimal performance in both professional work settings and to promote the adoption of industrial organizational science, practice as well as teaching in work settings


Subscription to industrial and Organizational Psychology researchers as well as Perspectives on Science and Practice (IOP). There is other publication that the members have access to at discounts.

The society also offers opportunity for networking to members where the members can meet their professional counterparts, publishers as well as researchers. The society organizes annual conferences. Leading edge consortium, as well as organization for members committee volunteers positions. Additionally,   the society also offers the members and opportunity for furthering their careers while at work by posting their resume on the society’s JobNet and in the society’s career placement centre. Finally, the society also offers grants, awards as well as scholarships funds to its members for research and development (Kopes, 2006).

Resources it offers to members and the public

The society has numerous publications, journals, books, and peer reviewed article accessible to both members and the public. The association also has numerous resources in its Media Resources database,



American Psychology and Law Society

Summary of organization’s purpose               

To the students, the American Psychology and Law Society help them in advancing their career and interest. The organization connects the students with the other affiliates within the division.  The most outstanding achievement is their goals of interfacing the student with the other member of the society, and potential employers as well as giving exposure tom the students in work related experiences


The main function of the society is to develop graduate programs in psychology and law. They also publish and provide members with the necessary Resources for Teaching Psychology and Law (Taggard, 2006, pp. 141-145).


The mission of the AM

The mission of the American Psychology-Law Society is to help in enhancing the wellbeing, justice as well as the human rights of all by using science and practices psychology in legal context.  The society furthers the use of psychology in understanding law through applied research. They also promote education of all psychologists in law related issues as well as educating the legal personnel in various issues related to psychology. Finally, they inform the psychological communities and the legal communities about the current researcher findings, and offset educations services in the field of psychology and law


The benefits include access to premium contents, researches, resources and cost effective pulsation of member’s research.  Additionally, from the smear 2009, the AP-LS started offering the member s Research, Grants and Funding. For example, the Grants-in-Aid for Early Career Professionals amounted to over $5000 for research-related expenses. Finally, the society also Supports Early Career Psychologists by simply advocating for licensure upon completion of doctoral degree, and offers numerous employment resources (Werth, 2002, pp. 20-24).

Resources it offers to members and the public

The society publishes many resources for both the public Doman and the members. For example, the society has links to the research laboratories of its member’s websites where the members can access information, and other research publication. The published researchers in psychology and law include the new media as well as numerous online resources (Green, & Hawley, 2009, pp.  206-212). The society also offers aide range of early career professional resources  including contacts , Information from the American Bar Association and information for potential students. To the teachers, they offer teaching materials for undergraduate legal psychology course by Dr. Edie Greene and Erica Drew (Otto, & Fuller, 2006).


American Counseling Association (ACA)

Summary of organization’s purpose

The purpose of the ACA is to promote the image of the counseling profession, and public confidence in the profession by uniting the professional counselors in the United States and define the professional and ethical standards.


Their main function is to unite the students and practicing professionals and impart professional teachings, education as well as training on specific counseling topics that can help the counselor’s deliver4 their services professionally. To the students, memberships are defined to help the students develop deeper interest in the discipline and help them deal with the challenges in life.

The association also collaborates with a number of corporate entities to help enhance their member services with the aim of developing a professional body that can be trusted by the public for its services


The mission of the American Counseling Association is to help the society in enhancing their quality of life. The association mainly improves the society’s quality of life by developing professional counselors through training and helping advance the professional by teaching about professional ethics, and conduct. The association is also focused on n promoting respect for human dignity and diversity.


They also provide opportunities for professional development, and personal growth to their members and the society as a whole. This is the most important benefits as the members maximize their professional development through targeted training, and counseling. The members are also at advantages as they have access to premium contents, researches as well as tools   that helps them to stay ahead of their educational learning curves. Finally, they also advocate for the place of counseling in the society making it easy for professional counselors to be employed faster. Finally, the association also provides the members with opportunity for growth, which can accrue from numerous networking opportunities.

Members also enjoy discounts in specific hotels, travel, credit cards, prescription, lab and imaging services


The other benefits include the association’s Professional Liability Insurance which include Life, Health, and Dental insurance programs, Liberty Mutual Insurance Auto and Home Program as well as Long-Term Care Insurance


Finally, the association offers the Students, retirees, and recent graduates discounted memberships thereby putting them at advantages as they have access to the resources, networking events, and other benefits that come with such professional memberships.



Resources it offers to members and the public

The ACA provides its members with a wide range of resources including webinars, publications, and journals to Conference education sessions and legislative action alerts.









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Steen, S., & Noguera, P. A. (2010). A broader and bolder approach to school reform: Expanded partnership roles for school counselors. Professional School Counseling, 14, 42-52.

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Green, A. G., & Hawley, G. C. (2009). Early career psychologists: Understanding, engaging, and mentoring tomorrow’s leaders. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 40, 206-212.

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Thagard, P. (2006). Evaluating explanations in law, science, and everyday life. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 15, 141-145.

Werth, J.L., Harvey, J., McNamara, R., Svoboda, A., Gulbrandson, R., Hendren, J., et al. (2002). Using controversial mock trials in Psychology and Law courses: Suggestions from participants. Teaching of Psychology, 29, 20-24.



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