Resources and Trade Associations
The following list provides information on different types of professional certifications, state associations and national organizations of professionals in substance use and mental health fields.
American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM)
4601 N. Park Avenue, Upper Arcade #101
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
The ASAM certificate is recognized throughout the world as signifying excellence in the practice of Addiction Medicine. It demonstrates that a doctor has met rigorous standards through intensive study, assessment, and evaluation. The mission of the organization is to increase access to and improve the quality of addiction treatment; provide public and professional education; support research and prevention; promote the appropriate role of the physician in the care of patients with addiction; and to establish addiction medicine as a specialty recognized by professional organizations, governments, physicians, purchasers and consumers of healthcare services, and the general public.
Austin Group Psychotherapy Society (AGPS)
P.O. Box 684434
Austin, TX 78768-4434
The Austin Group Psychotherapy Society is an interdisciplinary organization of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors who share a mutual commitment to continuing professional development and to excellence in the practice of group psychotherapy.
The Biofeedback Society of Texas
507 Creek Run Circle
Salado, TX 76571
Biofeedback therapists provide supportive therapy for teaching individual awareness and control using cost-effective, documented research studies to encourage wellness. The Biofeedback Certification Institute of America certifies therapists in a wide range of mental health training. The Biofeedback Society of Texas was established in 1976 as an open forum for the exchange of ideas, methods, research, and clinical experience.
American Society of Clinical Hypnosis
Clinical Hypnotherapists are an interdisciplinary group of licensed health care professionals who use clinical hypnosis in medicine, dentistry, and psychotherapy. The organization serves the educational needs of the professional community by offering monthly educational meetings and training around Texas. The extent to which members are authorized to apply hypnotic skills depends upon each member's license.
Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC)
Texas Department of Health State Services
Mail Code 1982
P.O. Box 149347
Austin , Texas 78714-9347
The Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor is licensed to provide counseling for persons with alcohol/drug abuse problems. Providers must demonstrate competency by passing a statewide exam, by having comparable educational and clinical experience in the chemical dependency field, or from experience in another profession. They have varied educational backgrounds and must complete 60 hours of continuing education every two years.
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
Mail Code 1982
P.O. Box 149347
Austin , Texas 78714-9347
Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) have at least a master's degree, complete 36 months or 3000 clock hours of supervised experience, and pass a state licensure exam. Services are offered to individuals of all ages, families, couples, groups, and organizations in the areas of psychotherapy, personal social concerns, wellness, and career/educational decisions. Strict rules and a national code of ethics govern the practice of counseling.
Texas Counseling Association
1204 San Antonio, Ste. 201
Austin, Texas 78701
The Texas Counseling Association is dedicated to providing leadership, advocacy and education to promote the growth and development of the counseling profession and those who are served.
Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA)
Texas Association of Psychological Associates
P.O. Box 601374
Dallas, TX 75360
Licensed Psychological Associates (LPA) are trained at the master's or doctoral level and can provide a full range of psychological services including individual and group therapy as well as psychological assessment. LPA’s are most frequently employed by state mental health agencies and educational institutions. Licensed psychologists also employ LPA’s in the private sector. The Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists regulates licensed psychological associates.
Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists
Mail Code 1982
P.O. Box 149347
Austin , Texas 78714-9347
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) utilize systems methods in many areas such as marital, family, child, divorce, sex, chemical dependency, and individual Psychotherapy. Family system approaches attempt to stabilize and alleviate problems of any family member and enhance the emotional and mental health of all family members.
Texas Association for Marriage & Family Therapy
TAMFT is dedicated to the enhancement of individual and family well-being through the promotion and advancement of marriage and family therapy practices. TAMFT is also committed to raising public awareness of marriage and family therapists (MFTs) and the services they provide. With our advocacy activities, we are working to ensure that MFTs are an integral part of the evolving health care system.
Licensed Psychologist (PhD)
Texas Psychological Association
Psychologists must have a doctoral degree in psychology and complete a supervised internship. They are licensed to practice independently. Psychologists perform a wide range of evaluation and treatment interventions with children, adults, couples, families, groups, and organizations. Services provided include:
individual psychotherapy, group and family therapy, diagnostic evaluations, psychological and neuropsychological testing, career counseling, forensic evaluations, behavioral health consultations, and organizational consulting.
Occupational Therapist (OTR)
Texas Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners
1106 Clayton Lane, Suite 516W
Austin, TX 78723
Registered Occupational Therapists (OTR) possess either a bachelor's or master's degree. Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA) have an associate's degree. Both are required to pass a national certification exam. Occupational Therapists provide training in the activities of daily living and life skills in the areas of mental health, physical dysfunction, pediatrics, home health, industrial health, community health, and many other specialties.
Pastoral Counselor (Certified)
The American Association of Pastoral Counselors
93000 S Jamaica Ct #145
Aurora, CO 80014
Certified Pastoral Counselors are ministers who have graduate training in religion and behavioral science. They offer therapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups, while also providing consultation and leadership in personal, family, and spiritual growth. They function under a national code of ethics and the codes of ethics of other certifying licensing groups.
Texas Medical Association
401 West 15th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Physicians provide a broad range of services including diagnosis, treatment, and medical management of physical and emotional disorders. Physicians treat various mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and psychotic disorders.
Play Therapist (Registered)
Hill Country Chapter- Texas Association for Play Therapy
PO BOX 49375
Austin, TX 78765-9375
Play Therapists are professionals who specialize in utilizing play in the therapy process for children, adolescents, and families. Services are provided in agencies, private practice, and schools. Registered Play Therapists meet specific requirements in addition to those of their mental health license.
Federation of Texas Psychiatry
A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illness. Psychiatrists have a doctor of medicine (M.D.) or doctor of osteopathy (D.O.) degree from an approved medical school, a license to practice medicine, and have completed a psychiatric residency.
Psychiatrists examine patients biologically and psychologically, order medical tests, prescribe medications, provide psychotherapy and, when necessary, admit patients to hospitals.
The Federation of Texas Psychiatry unites Texas' professional psychiatric organizations. Voting member organizations - the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, the Texas Academy of Psychiatry, and the Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Associate member organizations - the Texas Foundation for Psychiatric Education and Research, the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association - together represent about 45,000 physicians in Texas united in advocacy for patients and quality psychiatric care.
Social Worker (LCSW, LMSW)
Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners
A Social Worker has a bachelors, masters or doctoral degree in Social Work and helps individuals, families, and community groups. Social Workers provide counseling and psychotherapy; locate public/private social services and resources; establish social and health services for clients; and help to shape public policies. Licensing categories include: Social Work Associate (SWA), Licensed Counselor in Social Work (LCSW); Licensed Masters in Social Work (LMSW), Advanced Practitioner (AP), and Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP).
National Association of Social Workers
NASW is committed to advancing professional social work practice and the profession; and to promoting human rights, social and economic justice, and unimpeded access to services for everyone. Its members work in a broad range of settings including hospitals and other health care settings, community agencies, government, academia, business, nursing homes, schools, and private practice.
Texas Association of Addiction Professionals (TAAP)
TAAP seeks to promote the advancement of Addiction Professionals by uniting alcoholism and other addiction counseling professionals throughout Texas.
Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (TCBAP)
1401 Ranch Road 620 South, Suite 310
Austin, TX 78734
The Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals is an autonomous arm of the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals and is committed to the setting of counselor standards and protection of the public good.
The certification board engages in the following functions: Certifies counselors above and beyond their license to provide counseling services, administers licensure and certification examinations, certifies providers of continuing education, monitors and enforces counselor ethics, and works to promote counselor reciprocity.
The Association of Substance Abuse Programs
169 Catalina Ct.
Kerrville, TX 78028
Representing State Provider Associations and Community-Based Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Programs, the Texas chapter of the Association of Substance Abuse Programs is the only national organization of state alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention provider associations. Through our member associations, ASAP has a direct link to the thousands of prevention and treatment programs that are the core of the publicly-supported substance abuse system. As a leading advocate for addiction prevention and treatment providers, we work with our member state associations work to increase federal and state funding, expand services, and improve the quality of treatment, prevention, training, and research.
National Association of Addiction Professionals
NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, is the largest membership organization serving addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment and education.
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