Top 50 Resources for Psychology Professionals

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September 2016

Psychology is one of the most popular majors at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Some students pursue their bachelor’s degree as a first step towards a career as a professional psychologist, while others will move on to different areas of study and practice. For those students who go on to complete their graduate training in the field, there are a number of tools and resources that can help them stay professionally relevant and up to date. This article outlines the best resources for professional psychologists, counselors, and therapists. As technological advances change on an almost daily basis, those professionals who take advantage of tech resources will thrive in their careers. Resources such as mobile apps, online textbooks, important websites, and online groups help professionals stay on top of what is happening throughout the field. By using these resources in their day-to-day practice, psychology professionals can move their careers forward.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Websites
Chapter 2: Apps
Chapter 3: Blogs
Chapter 4: Forums / Groups
Chapter 5: Online Organizations
Chapter 6: Online Text and Publication Services
Chapter 7: Research Resources
Chapter 8: Organization and Scheduling Tools
Chapter 9: Practitioner Support
Chapter 10: Additional Resources

Chapter 1: Websites

Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) – The CNS is an international academic group with a focus on inter-disciplinary and non-traditional approaches to cognitive brain function. A must-read for cognitive psychology professionals.

Online Psychology Laboratory – This website is filled with interactive resources, peer-reviewed materials such as online studies, correlational studies, data sets, research demonstrations, and teaching aids. A great place to brush up on the basics or gather information to understand a case.

Psych Central – This website is one of the biggest independently-run informational psychology sites on the web. It is an excellent resource providing information and resources for psychology professionals, including news, trends, research, and data within the field.

Psychology Today – This is the website for the popular publication Psychology Today. The goal of the website as well as the traditional publication is to make psychology and psychological topics more accessible and usable by the general population. It also covers fascinating trends within the field to help professionals stay up to date on what is current.

Simple Psychology – This website offers a collection of resources, articles, and guides to many of the sub-disciplines within the greater field of psychology. It is a helpful tool for psychologists seeking information outside of their own specialty area.

Chapter 2: Apps

APA Journals – This helpful app allows psychology professionals to stay up-to-date on the most current research and literature published by the American Psychological Association.

Client Board – This low-cost app allows the psychologist to safely keep track of their current clients and make notes on the go. A handy app for busy professionals who need their client list at their fingertips.

Insight Notes – This app allows health care professionals to take client notes safely using a smartphone or tablet device. The app uses HIPAA-compliant & encrypted note-taking capability, including basic recordkeeping and secure record sharing for therapists and other health professionals.

MSE&RISK ASSESSr – Psychology professionals can use this app to complete mental health assessments with tools such as the Mental State Examination, Case Formulation and Treatment Plan, Self-Harm and Suicide Risk Assessment, Violence and Aggression Risk and many more pre-loaded into the app.

Psych Drugs & Medications: Prescription Psychiatric Medication Pocket Guide in Psychiatry – This informational app allows professional psychologists to gather information about various medications and any possible interactions between multiple medications. While psychologists do not prescribe medications it is imperative that they understand the medications their clients are using.

PsychExplorer – In this easy to use app, you can find research articles, interviews with psychology innovators, and a library of psychology-based blogs and websites.

Therapy Outcome Management System – This is a cleverly designed app that allows agencies and mental health organizations to collect feedback from client sessions to provide the highest level of care possible. The app provides immediate feedback on outcomes of counseling and therapy, client by client.

Chapter 3: Blogs

In The News – In this well-written blog there is a wide range of fascinating details regarding those areas when law and psychology meet. The blog covers topics including forensic psychology, criminology, and law. A great read for forensic psychologists as well as professionals in other specialty areas.

Mind Hacks – This blog houses a wide range of excellent psychological articles, research studies, weblinks and more for psychology professionals.

PsyBlog – Through this blog, University College London researcher Jeremy Dean introduces the reader to articles relating to the empirical and scientific aspects of modern psychology. This can be a helpful resource when psychology professionals need to break down a piece of research to use in their practice.

Psychology Today Blog: The Essential Read – The writers at the popular media outlet, Psychology Today, collectively pen this interesting and fun to read blog. Topics covered include modern psychology trends, research findings, and many other trends and changes to the field of psychology.

Psychotherapy Brown Bag – The title of the blog comes from the long-held tradition of the “brown bag seminar,” a lunch meeting where professionals or interns discuss current psychology topics. This blog works to serve this function in an online format and is a great fit for psychologists who work alone or in a small practice.

Chapter 4: Forums / Groups

American Psychological Association Facebook Page – The Facebook page of the APA, an association that works to advance psychological science to promote health, education and human welfare.

American Psychological Association Linked In Page – A LinkedIn page for the APA, which connects psychology professionals, researchers, and students.

Association for Psychological Science Facebook Page – A Facebook page for the Association for Psychological Science (APS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology.

Elsevier Psychology Facebook Page – A Facebook page designed to allow psychology professionals to connect with fellow researchers, share findings, and stay abreast of the latest news, books, and journals in their field.

The Psychology Forum – This website serves as a forum for psychology professionals to discuss issues related to psychology and mental health. It is a great resource for gathering information and uncovering insights.

Chapter 5: Online Organizations

American Psychological Association – The American Psychological Association (APA) is the leading scientific and professional organization in the field of psychology in the United States. There are over 122,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

American Psychiatric Association – The American Psychiatric Association, is the world’s largest organization for professional psychiatrists and psychiatric students.

Association for Psychological Science – The Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level.

National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers (NAPPP) – This online association focuses on supporting, educating and connecting mental health providers, specifically those who provide direct care to clients.

Chapter 6: Online Text and Publication Services

About Education: Full Text Psychology Journals – This free service is offered by the Education site and allows mental health professionals to access a range of psychology journal articles in many different areas.

APA PsychArticles – This online service allows counselors and therapists to access thousands of psychology articles for a low cost. Mental health professionals, as well as students, can pay per article or buy 24 hours of unlimited article access.

Internet Public Library – The Internet Public Library (IPL) is an online reference service offering free dictionaries and encyclopedias, books, magazines, and newspapers. Many of the offerings can be used by mental health professionals in many different areas of specialization.

PsychArticles – This resource is an online database supported by the American Psychological Association. Professionals can use this database to conduct online research on almost any area of psychology.

Psychological Research on the Net – This resource lists hundreds of Psychological Research Articles, including articles from many different areas of psychology.

Chapter 7: Research Resources

About Psychology: Psychology Experiments and Research Methods – This site serves as an excellent resource for students and professionals who have an interest in psychological research. There is a database of studies as well as resources to brainstorm independent research projects.

Online Psychology Laboratory (OPL) – The OPL offers professionals and educators excellent resources for empirical psychological science. The data on the site includes peer-reviewed research findings, which include correlational studies, large data sets, demonstrations, and extensive online mental health and psychology resources.

Psychological Research on the Net – This website is a comprehensive listing of research topics in psychology, including links to many well-known research articles. This is an excellent resource when using research as a part of regular practice.

PubMed – This website (and corresponding app) offers abstracts in a range of medical and psychological areas. It is very helpful for professionals who are looking for a piece of research to help guide them in their clinical practice.

Chapter 8: Organization and Scheduling Tools – This website is a great organizational tool for professionals, helping to keep track of projects, papers, research and more. A must-have for all busy psychology professionals. The site’s ability to collaborate with others makes it ideal for multi-counselor practices.

Simple Practice – This website is an easy to use practice management system to help therapists, psychologists and counselors keep track of therapy notes, schedule appointments and bill clients from one location. It meets all privacy and HIPAA standards.

Therapy Notes – This website is much more than a place to keep client notes. It is a fully functional organization system that helps psychologists and counselors organize their practice and their calendar. It houses schedules, notes, treatment plans and much more.

Trello – This website can be used by almost any busy professional to organize information, notes, thoughts and much more. Busy mental health professionals can use it to organize both their practice, as well as their clients.

Chapter 9: Practitioner Support – This website gives mental health professionals access to 100’s of professional resources and tools to use while working with clients. There are things like client “homework,” assessment tools, data collection worksheets, ebooks, and many other great resources.

Catalog of Clinical Training Opportunities: Best Practices for Recovery and Improved Outcomes for People with Serious Mental Illness – This 65-page resource is helpful for practitioners who want to provide their clients with the best possible treatment. The guide can be used to help create effective treatment plans.

Practice Central – The APA Practice Organization is a companion organization to APA, with a goal of advancing and protecting the professional and economic interests of practicing psychologists in a range of practice settings.

Psychology Tools – This website offers a range of helpful tools for psychology professionals including free CBT worksheets, handouts, information sheets, and self-help guides to use in therapy sessions.

Therapist Aid – This site is dedicated to supporting mental health professionals by offering worksheets, tools, and handouts for mental health counselors. The site is run by a licensed mental health counselor and allows professionals to search for specific resources by demographic, disorder or type.

You Can Book Me – Professionals can use this modern booking tool to allow clients to schedule their appointment easily and online. The tool even integrates with your Google or iCloud Calendar to make it easy for the client and the counselor.

Zur Institute – Mental Health professionals can use this helpful website to continue their education long after graduation. The site a wide range of resources but most importantly it offers online Continuing Education Courses for those who need CE’s for their licensure.

Chapter 10: Additional Resources Psychology – A varied resource offering information on many different topics in the field of psychology.

The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) – ASPPB is an international association of psychology licensing boards in the United States and Canada. The association creates and maintains a standardized written exam, the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), which is used by most psychology licensing boards to evaluate candidates for licensure and certification.

US Department of Health and Human Services Culture, Language and Health Literacy Website – This helpful website is promoted by the American Psychological Association to help practitioners better understand differences between cultures, races, genders, and ages.