Resources for Working Counselors and Therapists

By Kirsten Hughes

Resources for Counselors and Therapists

The following is a list of resources for counselors and therapists. Here you will find articles to support you in your work with clients and a list of mental health institutes to provide you with cutting edge research. Consider joining one of the many professional associations that provide their members with numerous resources and benefits from journal articles to networking opportunities. Also listed here are job search sites and links to continuing education resources, all to support you in developing your career.

Research and Articles

Adolescent Self-Harm • Overview of adolescent self-harm causes, signs and prevention strategies.

Creative Arts Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy • A Psychology Today article outlining creative and expressive arts therapies and their benefits.

How Addiction Can Affect Brain Connections • Research explaining addiction as a brain disease and how meditation can help.

How Therapy Can Help Your Sex Life • US News article on how sex therapy can be helpful for couples.

Masters of Love • Atlantic article discussing the importance of kindness in relationships backed up by Dr.’s John and Julie Gottman’s research.

Online Psychotherapy Gains Fans and Raises Privacy Concerns • NPR article on the considerations of offering and receiving online therapy.

Rising Mental Health Issues Facing Our Children, In Five Charts • The Atlantic provides an infographic on the increase in mental health diagnosis for children.

Russell Brand: My Life Without Drugs • Russell Brand’s piece for The Guardian with the goal of helping to increase compassion for people affected by the disease of addiction.

School Starting Age: The Evidence • A Developmental Psychologist reviews the research and identifies the benefits of a later start to formal education.

Therapists’ Apps Aim To Help With Mental Health Issues • A look at Apps created by psychologists to be used in conjunction with therapy to support mental health treatment.

What’s Eating Our Kids? Fears About ‘Bad’ Foods • The New York Times explores how a parent’s obsession with health food can impact their children.

Mental Health Networks and Institutes

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) • The mission of AFSP is to prevent suicide through research, education, and advocacy. They also aim to support people struggling with mental health issues and their families.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) • NAMI, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, works to advocate for, support research, and raise awareness and hope for those affected by mental illness.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) • The mission of NCTSN is to improve care and access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) • The NIMH works to increase understanding and improve treatment of mental illnesses through research and science.

One Mind Institute (IMHO) • One Mind Institute is committed to funding brain research to diagnose, treat, prevent, and cure psychiatric diseases.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) • SAMHSA leads national public health efforts to improve behavioral health and reduce substance abuse and mental illness.

US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) • HHS is the United States government’s agency working to provide health and human services.

Professional Associations

Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

American Art Therapy Association (AATA)

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

American Association for Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (ASSECT)

American Counseling Association (ACA)

American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA)

American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)

American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)

American Psychological Association (APA)

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC)

Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)

Association for Play Therapy (APT)

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

National Career Development Association (NCDA)

Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

Job Search Sites

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) • The AAMFT Job Connection allows Marriage and Family Therapists to search for jobs and post their resume for potential employers. There are also links for mental health employers to post jobs and search resumes.

American Counseling Association (ACA) • The ACA offers an online career center with job listings as well as helpful advice for applicants along with resources for employers.

American Psychological Association (APA) • The APA offers Psych Careers where you can search over 300 job postings by keyword, location and/or discipline. There is also an option to post your resume.

Bureau of Labor Statistics • Search by career and learn about employment and wage estimates for that specific occupation.

Psychology Today Therapists • Psychology Today offers therapists the opportunity to create a profile in order to increase their online exposure and referrals.

US News MONEY (Careers) • Resources and information on a range of career topics from how to interview to successfully managing the work-life balance.

Continuing Education

Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) • The AED offers continuing education credits in collaboration with the International Journal of Eating Disorders (IJED). Gain CE credits by reading IJED articles and passing a post quiz on content.

American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (ASSECT) • Links for dozens of trainings offering ASSECT approved CE hours.

American Psychological Association (APA) • The APA offers continuing education credits for mental health professionals. Browse available programs by topic or type.

Hazelden • Continuing Education courses for addiction professionals. Earn CE’s through online courses, books with CE tests, webinars and/or program implementation training.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) • The NCTSN offers numerous trainings and webinars through their Learning Center on a variety of topics related to childhood trauma, search by topic or date of training.

PESI • PESI, a nonprofit organization, offers live and online trainings. Search by format, content, and/or location to find the best training to fit your continuing education credit needs.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) • SPRC promotes a public health approach to suicide prevention through their online trainings. All courses are offered free of charge and can be completed at your own pace.

The Gottman Institute (TGI) • TGI offers continuing education credits through professional products and trainings.

The Psychotherapy Networker • The Psychotherapy Networker, a popular magazine and online resource, offers webcasts, audio courses, reading courses, magazine quizzes and more as opportunities to get continuing education credits.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) • This TF-CBT web-based training is useful for practitioners working with children, the course can be completed all at once or over a period of time, 10 CE credits are earned upon completion.

About the Author

Kirsten Hughes is a Family Therapist, with her Masters in Education from the University of Oregon, and has been working with youth and their families for over ten years. She relishes the opportunity to work with and support young people as they navigate change and make important life decisions in the transition from high school to college and beyond. Living in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband and two young sons, Kirsten enjoys spending time exploring the beautiful outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.

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