What Is The APA Psychology And Its Impacts In The United States

By BetterHelp Editorial Team|Updated April 7, 2022
CheckedMedically Reviewed By Whitney White, MS. CMHC, NCC., LPC

The APA or American Psychological Association is a scientific organization as well as a professional organization that provides representation for psychology within the United States. Approximately 118,000 people, including students, educators, consultants, researchers, and clinicians are considered members of the organization. Each of these individuals is responsible for helping to advance the mission and the goals of the APA throughout the United States and even in areas abroad.

The Mission Of The APA

application of it throughout the world. Their goal for this is to benefit society and help improve people's lives. Overall, this mission requires members and the organization to do some things like improving the use of psychology, educating people about psychology, preparing future psychologists, and even making an improved impact on societal issues. All these things are intended to support professional psychologists and the organization as well as helping other people that share their goals and mission to help others.

To carry out this mission, the APA not only has a large team of professionals to help but also utilizes all psychologists and mental health professionals throughout the world. After all, each of these professionals makes a mark on the field of psychology and makes a mark on the way that individuals around the world can get the help and the support that they need.

Improving Communication And Applications

By improving communication surrounding psychological science and the knowledge of it for individuals and communities, the APA can improve the way people think about psychology as a whole. It's possible for them to work towards ending the stigma that surrounds getting psychological help and to work with those who are currently seeking help. They can improve the different ways that people understand what psychology is about and this can greatly increase the number of people who are getting the care that they need.

On top of that, increasing applications mean that they are finding new ways to implement psychological help, techniques, and different advancements. By learning these new methods, they're able to reach out to different people, to help different people and to make a difference in the world. The APA utilizes research and education to improve the application of psychological science in the world.

One of the most important things that the APA can do is increase the amount of research that is done and increase the way that it's distributed. This organization can provide even more research, which encourages even more people to pursue research projects related to different psychological issues. It's all about increasing advancement because more research means that we can find new treatment methods and even cures for individuals who are suffering from different mental health disorders. Advancement is the only way that we can truly make a difference for those who are suffering from any type of mental health disorder.

Preparing Future Psychologists

If we don't have enough people entering into the field of psychology, it will only serve to cause even more problems throughout time. The people who do want to speak with a psychologist are not able to in all instances. Without future professionals, a shortage of psychologists can result, and this can mean that more people go without the care and the treatment that they want and deserve. With more people to continue work within the science of psychology, more research advances may be made.

Improving Societal Issues

There are always things going on in a society that relate to psychology, or that can be improved by an understanding of the psychology behind them. This organization seeks to use psychology to make a positive impact on the world and each of these issues. What this means is that more people could be helped, even those who are not actively in need of psychological counseling or assistance. By improving the way that we look at these issues and that we react to them, we can improve the world.

Outside of the research that the APA supports and the professionals that it helps to recruit and train, information is the most important aspect of what the APA has to offer. The APA is responsible for producing content, both in the form of blog posts and in the form of professional news, publications and more. All this information helps the general public as well as psychologists and professionals in all areas of life to understand better the mission and the types of advancements that are happening around us right now.

By making sure that even the average person has access to the information that the APA is sourcing and the research that they are conducting they are making it more and more possible for these individuals to recognize the importance of the APA and to work toward supporting this organization. All of this means that the APA can continue to assure that future professionals are trained properly, that future research is conducted and communicated, and that more professionals enter the field to the betterment of society.

Helping The United States And The World

Psychological help is something that can greatly impact the world as we know it. Within the United States and abroad the research produced by psychologists and its implementation by psychologists have helped many people to work through their mental health problems or to overcome some of the things that they experience. It's helped them to get back to the lives that they want to live and helped them to become the type of person that they've always wanted to be.

Being able to get help when it's needed is one reason that so many people can advance and that the world as we know it can continue to grow and thrive in the way that it has. There's no way to know every individual way or person that has been positively impacted by psychology, but advancements within this field are helpful to individuals, societies, and the global community.

Getting Professional Help

If you're thinking about getting professional help for a mental health problem that you're struggling with or even if you just think that opening up to someone could be a good way to help you feel better about your life and yourself it's important that you seek it out. The APA can set you up with resources and with a great deal of information about getting professional help for yourself as well as about different types of research that are happening right now and different types of mental health treatment and support.

For those who want to speak with a professional but aren't sure how to get started or even where to find one, you can do is seek out an online therapist. These individuals meet with you through the internet, so the two of you never actually have to be located in the same city or even the same state. Instead, you can connect online in the same way you might Skype with your best friend or Facetime your children. This type of therapy can be even easier for anyone to pursue because it lets you be in control.

With online therapy, you don't have to worry about being in a specific place at any given time because all you need is a device with an internet connection. Scheduling is a bit more flexible with online therapy, and the options to text, call, or video chat add to the means of communication. BetterHelp has licensed psychologists and therapists available online.

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