These websites for therapists will help you stay in the know and work with clients
Do you find yourself searching the internet for resources to use with clients or to keep up with your professional goals? There are so many helpful resources online. It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for handouts to share in group therapy, conferences to attend for continuing education (CE) credits, or tips for becoming a self-pay practice that doesn’t accept cash—if you look for it online, you’ll find it! However, with so many websites out there—over one billion and counting—it can be difficult to know where to turn. Start your next search with these ten websites for therapists.
Websites for therapists to connect with other mental health professionals
Quora’s mission is to connect people with questions to those who have answers. Similar to a social media platform, anyone can log in and pose a question, and individuals with an answer can supply one. Unlike social media, the users do not need to know each other or have a connection in any way. As stated on their website, “Quora is where you can read important insights that have never been shared anywhere else, from people you could never reach any other way.”
Therapists can log into Quora to exchanging information on the mental health profession or they can join the conversation by asking their own questions.
If you’re already logged into Facebook for your social media marketing, don’t sign out! There are many ways to connect with other mental health professionals. One option is to “like” the business page of colleagues to stay-up-to-date with their professional news, which includes possible events in your community. Another, extremely powerful way to connect is by joining Facebook Groups, created so counselors can share resources, support, and encouragement among peers. Search for groups by interests, such as “women-owned private practices,” or locations, like “New Orleans therapists.”
Association websites to stay current with your license
1. American Psychological Association (APA)
The APA’s website is an ideal option for psychologists needing to access publications, scientific findings, or CEs. There’s even a Psychology Help Center designed for consumers, so if you’re ever at a loss of where to direct your clients, this is an innovative place to start.
2. National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Similar to the APA, the NASW website has all the tools social workers need to stay current with their licenses and knowledgeable about their field. Better yet, NASW’s website has an entire page dedicated to advocacy so that social workers can stay up-to-date with legislative alerts and updates.
3. The American Counselors Association (ACA)
ACA’s website is robust. With everything from information on their annual conference to podcasts and blogs to government affairs, counselors of various specialties should look here first for education and training.
Websites for forms, handouts, worksheets, or multimedia
1. Therapist Aid
If you’re looking for worksheets to share with your clients, whether you treat children, teenagers or adults, Therapist Aid is a one-stop shop, and they make it easy to find what you’re looking for when you filter by age range or topic. A bonus is the interactive tools and guides that you can refer to clients for use outside of the session.
Did you think Pinterest would make it on this list? Pinterest is overflowing with infographics about mental health. Track down quotes, pictures, worksheets, anything that your clients would find useful. Another option that your clients would appreciate (and may even help you with marketing) is creating a professional account with boards relevant to your specialty, like “Self-care Journaling Topics,” “Breathing Exercises,” and “Positive Affirmations.” Then, you can include the professional Pinterest profile in your new client welcome letter so all clients can peruse the boards on their own time.
3. Psychology Tools
Similar to Therapist Aid, Psychologist Tools has downloadable worksheets and handouts you can use with individual clients or in your groups. There are also self-help resources you can point your clients to use at home, like audio therapy resources for breathing and relaxation.
Psychotherapy.net was built as a resource to inspire therapists of any background. The site is most notably a learning tool that allows counselors to watch, listen, and learn on a variety of subjects to better their treatment or administrative skills. The articles and interviews are interesting and well-written, and there are even comics to keep you laughing.
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