Since 1892, the American Psychological Association (APA) has aspired to "excel as a valuable, effective and influential organization advancing psychology as a science." As further explained on their website, they are "the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 115,700 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members."
In order to fulfill their mission of "advancing psychology to benefit society and improve people's lives" they promote research in the field, establish standards of ethics, conduct and education for clinicians, and disseminate knowledge through meetings, reports and other publications.
For the non-psychologists among us, the APA website has a number of helpful resources. There are books, for both adults and children, magazines and brochures dealing with topics such as addictions, emotional health and parenting - all of which can be found on the publications page. The psychology help center provides resources related to work and school, families and relationships, and disasters and terrorism. You can also get help choosing a psychologist and yes, sticking to your New Year's resolutions!
For those of you who read all the way to the end (or skipped ahead) here are the promised tips:
- start small
- change one behavior at a time
- talk about it
- don't beat yourself up
- ask for support
You can read the full article at this link.
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Happy New Year!