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California Licensure
| Child and Adolescent Therapy | Couple Therapy | General Family Therapy | LGBTQ Couple and Family Therapy | Medical Family Therapy | Mental Health Administration | Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship | Therapy with Military Families



California Licensure

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) - professional organization website provides an extensive resource library containing a variety of CAMFT, government and professional organization resources.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences - responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and related professions in the State of California.

California.gov: LMFT License Requirements – website provides requirements, application processing times, FAQs and more.


Child and Adolescent Therapy

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) - The mission of AACAP is to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through research, training, prevention, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers. 

American Counseling Association: Children and Adolescents (ACA) – ACA is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. This page features conferences, podcasts, continuing education, news, public policy, blog posts, and community discussions.

APA Psychology Topics: Children and Teens – American Psychological Association topic pages provide resources related to psychological aspects of children and teenagers.

Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC) - ACAC is a support and information network for counselors who work with children and adolescents.

Born This Way Foundation - The Foundation, led by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta, is dedicated to creating a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a kinder, braver world.

Effective Child Therapy - This site was developed to educate the public and professionals about mental health treatments that have the strongest scientific support, and are most likely to work for child and adolescent mental health symptoms.

International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP) - advocates for the promotion of the mental health and development of children and adolescents through policy, practice and research.

Medline Plus: Child Mental Health and Teen Mental Health – resources provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health (NIH).

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) - empowers school psychologists by advancing effective practices to improve students’ learning, behavior, and mental health.

National Council on Family Relations - oldest multidisciplinary, non-partisan professional organization focused solely on family research, practice and education. Provides full text resources related to Family Therapy.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) - Child and Adolescent Mental Health – provides resourced related to understanding and treatment of mental illnesses for children and adolescents.

Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology - The Division’s purpose is to encourage the development and advancement of clinical child and adolescent psychology through integration of its scientific and professional aspects.

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Child and Adolescent Recommendations (USPSTF) - USPSTF was first convened by the U.S. Public Health Service to rigorously evaluate clinical research in order to assess the merits of preventive measures. Its recommendations are considered the "gold standard" for clinical preventive services. This page is an up-to-date list of all current recommendations for children and adolescents.


Couple Therapy

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) - The professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy, representing the professional interests of more than 50,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

APA Psychology Topics: Marriage and Divorce – American Psychological Association topic page provides resources related to psychological aspects of marriage and divorce.

APA Clinical Training Video Series: Couple Therapy – videos available for purchase intended for graduate students and interns in clinical psychotherapy, counseling, psychiatric nursing, medicine, and other helping professions.

American Counseling Association (ACA) - not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession.

Couples HIV Counseling and Testing: Introduction to Couples Counseling Skills – module provided by the Center for Disease Control describes five essential skills and attributes needed when working with couples.

Ethical Considerations in Working with Couples – document provided by the National Registrar of Health Services Psychologists is intended to help you learn about the unique ethical dilemmas involved with couples therapy.

The Gottman Institute - just as Masters and Johnson were pioneers in the study of human sexuality, so Dr. John Gottman has revolutionized the study of marriage. The Gottman Institute provides live workshops and take-home training materials for couples, while The Gottman Referral Network provides therapy referrals to couples.

Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT) - relatively new approach to couple therapy that was developed by Andrew Christensen, a clinical psychologist and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the late Neil S. Jacobson, who was a clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Washington. Site provides full text articles.

National Council on Family Relations - oldest multidisciplinary, nonpartisan professional organization focused solely on family research, practice and education. Provides full text resources related to Family Therapy.

Textbook of Family and Couples Therapy: Clinical Applications – open access e-book edited by G. Pirooz Sholevar provides several chapters on couples therapy.

YouTube: Relationship Counseling Topic Channel - channel generated automatically by YouTube's video discovery system focuses on relationship counseling and couples counseling.


General Family Therapy

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) - The professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy, representing the professional interests of more than 50,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

American Psychological Association (APA) - scientific and professional organization aimed at advancing the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.

Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Boards (AMFTRB) – This site not only contains important information about the Marriage and Family Therapy National Examination, they also have an interactive map of the United States that contains all the contact information for each state (and the District of Columbia) MFT licensure board.

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, Marriage and Family Therapists – Wage and employment information from BLS including an industry profile, national estimates, and geographic profile.

COAMFTE Accreditation - The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) is a specialized accrediting body that accredits master's degree, doctoral degree, and post-graduate degree clinical training programs in marriage and family therapy throughout the United States and Canada including NCU’s MA-MFT Program.

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) - Leads the charge to bring family functional therapy (FFT) to families in the world community, and is currently serving more than 300 community, state, national and international organizations as they provide FFT to more than 20,000 families each year.

International Family Therapy Association (IFTA) - Provides international conferences to promote, strengthen and improve the quality of family therapy, the quality of relationships within families and to promote well-being and peace within our world.

MFT-License.com - MFT-License.com was founded and developed to serve as a one stop shop resource to help individuals navigate marriage and family therapist license requirements.

National Council on Family Relations - oldest multidisciplinary, non-partisan professional organization focused solely on family research, practice and education. Provides full text resources related to Family Therapy.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) - part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services dedicated to transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.


LGBTQ Couple and Family Therapy

AAMFT: Same Sex Parents and Their Children - topic overview from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy includes links to additional resources.

AAMFT: Therapeutic Issues for Same-sex Couples – topic overview from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy includes links to additional resources.

American Psychological Association: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender – APA topic page provides news, legal briefs, publications, and additional resources.

APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients – guidelines are intended to inform the practice of psychologists and to provide information for the education and training of psychologists regarding LGB issues.

APA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office - advances the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge on gender identity and sexual orientation to benefit society and improve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people's lives.

Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC)
– promotes greater awareness and understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues among members of the counseling profession and related helping occupations.

Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists - community of psychiatrists that educates and advocates on Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender mental health issues.

Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies - dedicated to the prevention and treatment of alcoholism, substance abuse, and other addictions in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer communities.

Children with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Parents – brief overview from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, also includes link to their policy statement.

COLAGE - unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.

Family Equality Council – changing attitudes and policies to ensure that all families are respected, loved, and celebrated—including families with parents who are LGBTQ.

Family Therapy Magazine: Diverse Families Issue (March/April 2014) – articles relate to same-sex parents and other issues of diversity.

Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) – largest association of LGBT health professionals, GLMA supports research and advocacy, and provides consumer health information, including help with finding LGBT-friendly healthcare providers.

GLBT National Help Center – provides vital peer-support, community connections and resource information to people with questions regarding sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

GoodTherapy.org: LGBT/Gender and Sexual Identity Issues – identifies issues, presents case examples, and provides information on selecting a therapist for gender and sexual identity issues.

Movement Advancement Project
– independent think tank that provides rigorous research, insight and analysis that help speed equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS) - longest running and largest research project on LGBT families, this study focuses on children's social, psychological and emotional development and the dynamics of planned lesbian families.

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.

The Trevor Project - leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.


Medical Family Therapy

AAMFT: Chronic Illness – topic overview and additional online resources provided by the American Association for Marriage and Family.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - national resource and coordinating center for those interested in behavioral health and primary care integration. Resources include guidelines, evidence-based practices, a variety of tools, and news on like-minded organizations and professional groups that are also invested in integration.

APA Psychology Topics: Death and Dying – American Psychological Association topic page provides resources related to psychological aspects of death and dying.

Association for Death Education and Counseling – part of The Thanatology Association, this organization is one of the oldest interdisciplinary organizations in the field of dying, death and bereavement.

Biopsychosocial Model of Health and Illness – module aims define the biopsychosocial model, explicate its implications in healthcare, characterize the nature of past and present perceptions of health and what factors influenced change, delineate the position of health psychology in different environments, and reveal the methods used to study biopsychosocial interactions.

Illness Alliance - aims to build a better focus in health policy and health services for all people with chronic illnesses.

Family Therapy Magazine: Medical Family Therapy – published by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), this issue is dedicated to Medical Family Therapy.

Medical Family Therapy – e-book chapter written by Teresa Masdon from the open access textbook Marriage and Family Therapy A Practice-Oriented Approach.

Medical Family Therapy – white paper providing a summary of the field written by a trained Medical Family Therapist.

National Council on Family Relations - oldest multidisciplinary, nonpartisan professional organization focused solely on family research, practice and education. Provides full text resources related to Medical Family Therapy.

Psychological Stress and Cancer – comprehensive fact sheet, references, and related resources provided by the National Cancer Institute.

Psychologists’ Role in Treating Persons with a Chronic Illness – topic overview and facts and figures presented by the American Psychological Association.


Mental Health Administration

 

American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management - one-stop resource center for information,education and advocacy in the areas of reimbursement, admitting and registration, data management, medical records, patient relations and so much more.

American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) - international professional society of 40,000 healthcare executives who lead hospitals, healthcare systems and other healthcare organizations.

American Mental Health Counselors Association(AMHCA) - mission is to enhance the profession of clinical mental health counseling through advocacy, education and collaboration.

College for Behavioral Health Leadership (ACMHA)- premier forum for convening and cultivating diverse health leaders and the exchange of innovations that impact the health and wellness of people and communities.

Mental Health America (MHA) - nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.

National Alliance on Mental Illness - nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)- mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery,and cure.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) - provides national and state-level data on the use of tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs (including non-medical use of prescription drugs) and mental health in the United States.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – government agency with a mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

Veterans Health Administration - America’s largest integrated health care system with over 1,700 sites of care, serving8.76 million Veterans each year.


Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship
 

America’s SBDC – represents America’s nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers, the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States and its territories.

BusinessUSA.gov – centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier than ever for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire.

Entrepreneur's Reference Guide to Small Business Information - a guide to resources from the Library of Congress.

International Council for Small Business (ICSB)- first international membership organization to promote the growth and development of small businesses worldwide.

IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center – provides small business forms and publications, tax information related to the various stages of owning a business, workshops and webinars, online tools, and more.

National Small Business Association – provides small business owners, their employees, and retirees access to innovative services,resources, and benefits.

SCORE - nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship.

Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council– advocacy, research, education and networking organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship.

Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner – offers 3000 free videos and podcasts, featuring entrepreneurship and innovation thought leaders.

STOPfakes.gov - one-stop shop for U.S.government tools and resources on intellectual property rights (IPR).

U.S. General Services Administration Office of Small Business Utilization - connects small businesses with people who can help them, and programs that can grow their skills.

U.S. Small Business Administration- agency of the federal government that aids, counsels, assists and protects the interests of small business concerns.


Therapy with Military Families 

APA Psychology Topics: Military – American Psychological Association topic page provides resources related to psychological aspects of military service.

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Site - provides information and resources about psychological health, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury.

MHN Government Services - Behavioral health and wellness expert and contractor to the U.S. government providing Active Service Members, Guard and Reserve Components, their families and Veterans with the coping skills, proven behavioral techniques and psycho-education necessary to thrive in the face of the challenges presented by the military lifestyle.

Medline Plus: Veterans and Military Health – resources provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Mental Health: Military – topic overview and additional resources maintained by the American Psychiatric Association.

Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) - provides specific tools and academic sources for researchers, helpful materials for clinicians and other professionals and valuable information for communities and individuals desiring to help military families.

Military OneSource – A confidential Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life including deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and childhood, and much more.

National Center for PTSD - dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. Provides resources including apps, videos, web links, and more.

National Council on Family Relations - oldest multidisciplinary, nonpartisan professional organization focused solely on family research, practice and education. Provides full text resources related to Family Therapy.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) - part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services dedicated to transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

National Military Family Association - The leading non-profit organization focusing on issues important to military families including comprehensive child care, accessible health care, spouse employment options, great schools, caring communities, a secure retirement, and support for widows and widowers.

National Resource Directory (NRD) - site connects wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, and their families with national, state, and local support programs.

SAMHSA: Military Families – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration leads efforts to ensure that needed behavioral health services are accessible for military families.

U.S. Department of Defense: Suicide Prevention - reports, videos, programs, fact sheets and more resources related to the topic of suicide prevention for military personnel and their families.

U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs: Mental Health Resources Site - provides information about mental health and support services specifically for veterans.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Vet Center Program - Vet Centers understand and appreciate Veterans' war experiences while assisting them and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their community.

Veterans Crisis Line - connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Provides additional suicide and crisis resources.

Women Veterans and Mental Health – comprehensive resource guide provided by the Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.