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Assistance Navigating Today’s Complex and Diverse Challenges:  NJPA Offers NJ Residents Resources and Support

The New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) recognizes the many complex and diverse challenges facing the people of New Jersey. In particular, NJPA understands that the current political atmosphere is highly charged due to increasing divisiveness across the political spectrum that historically has, and continues to, directly and indirectly polarize groups based on ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, educational level, and residence. People of all stripes and walks of life, and on all sides of the political aisle, may find themselves emotionally distressed.  As psychologists, we want the residents of New Jersey to know that we stand firm in our mission to acknowledge the public’s emotional challenges and to serve as a resource for support and mental health treatment.

As psychologists, we are very aware that many people are struggling to adjust to recent political events, whether or not they are in favor of the current presidential administration. As a result, you may be experiencing certain mental health challenges that fluctuate in intensity from day to day and may include an increase with anxiousness, sadness, agitation, or a notable restriction with the range of emotions that you typically experience.  Emotional distress can impact a person’s physical health, relationships, and professional success. Whatever personal emotional challenges you are experiencing, we want you to know we are here to help you navigate these challenges.

We are an organization committed to providing mental health services for all New Jersey residents, and we remain steadfast in our nonpartisan mission. United in the principles of caring and respect, we stand together as we strive to serve New Jersey. Should you, or anyone you know, wish to receive more information on how to obtain mental health services, kindly contact us at 973-243-9800 or visit our Find a Psychologist page found above in our main menu.  We will be happy to assist you.

“The mission of the New Jersey Psychological Association is the advancement of psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting health and human welfare in an atmosphere that supports the diversity of its members and the society at large."


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We are committed to providing information and resources for the public, professionals, and the media that illustrate the expertise psychologists possess that can help improve your life, families, workplaces, communities, and practices.  We can assist you in locating a psychologist in your area that matches your specific needs including area of expertise, accepted insurance, and any other criteria you provide that helps us make an appropriate referral.  Visit us often to find the most current news, articles, and programs and events that may be of interest to you.  Feel free to share the information you find on our website with friends, family, clients, and patients.

Our Mission

About Psychologists

Psychologists help people by using a variety of orientations and techniques in therapy taking into consideration each person's unique history, issues, and goals to achieve a successful outcome.  In New Jersey, in order to identify as a psychologist, one must have a doctoral degree (PhD, PsyD, or EdD) earned from a regionally accredited program, pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology and the Jurisprudence Exam, and possess a valid NJ license issued by the Board of Psychological Examiners. School psychologists only require a Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited school. A doctoral degree the highest levels of education for mental health care professionals. In order to obtain experience working with patients, New Jersey requires at least 2 years (3,500 hours) of supervised practice before obtaining a license. 

Advocacy

NJPA is committed to strengthening our political outreach and advocating for the interests of NJ psychologists and mental health issues that are important to the public.  Over the years, our advocacy has taken many forms.  Through our Committee on Legislative Affairs (COLA) and our Governmental Affairs Agent (GAA), NJPA has been instrumental in maintaining standards of psychology practice in NJ, protecting patients' rights, and supporting public policy.  NJPA also monitors State Rules and Laws that regulate the profession, and maintains a liaison with the NJ Board of Psychological Examiners so we are always informed about any changes that may affect our members.  As an affiliate of APA, NJPA is also involved in federal advocacy initiatives and regularly lobbies for federal issues that affect psychology. read more...