A Message From the President
NJPA President, Jeffrey Singer, PhD
According to the World Health Organization, “There is no health without mental health.” We at the New Jersey Psychological Association agree. The New Jersey Psychological Association is firmly committed to helping the diverse citizens of New Jersey achieve psychological well-being either through our Referral Service, Speakers Bureau, public education information, or ongoing professional training opportunities for psychologists and other mental health professionals.
The New Jersey Psychological Association considers being mentally healthy as not merely the absence of suffering from one of the nearly 540 diagnosable mental disorders. We help people strive for psychological well-being in order to cope more effectively with daily stressors, have better relationships, work more efficiently, and even enjoy improved physical health. With emotional health comes feeling whole, complete, and at ease. In today’s rapidly changing world, achieving such a state could not be more important, but needs its own form of effort.
Psychologists are your best bet to help you reach mental health goals. Psychologists see a variety of people for all sorts of reasons including marital and family problems, illness or injury, loss of a loved one, anxiety, loneliness, depression, psychological aspects of medical illnesses, addictions, behavioral problems, eating and sleeping disturbances, parenting skills, anger management, sexual issues, difficulties at work, children’s educational problems, and caring for the elderly. Psychologists also assist during a crisis, natural disasters, and acts of terror. In fact, we are not only there when it’s bad, psychologists also help people improve what is already going well by helping people enhance their strengths, maximizing what is already a positive to become even better. Psychologists are also trained to give specialized forms of testing to assist in answering a broad range of questions from brain functioning and learning challenges to clearing up complicated clinical problems. Psychologists also conduct research helping answer questions regarding human behavior. In sum, psychologists are committed to promoting the general welfare of people.
While many of us can manage well enough on our own under most circumstances, it is estimated that one out of four people will suffer from a diagnosable emotional disorder during the course of their lives. The National Institutes of Health estimates that 22% of Americans ages 18 and older need help dealing with feelings and situations that feel beyond their control. Thankfully, help is readily available from someone with special skills, training, and experience: a licensed psychologist.
A psychologist is the premier mental health professional to work with. Psychologists typically receive at least five years of graduate training beyond the undergraduate level to earn their doctorate. In addition to the broad, intensive coursework and conducting of research, this thorough training includes at least two years of supervised clinical experience. Only after passing the NJ state exam can a psychologist practice independently. Working together, in a confidential relationship, you and your psychologist will work towards finding solutions to your unique situation.
If you are unsure if psychological interventions work, a 1995 survey performed by Consumer Reports showed that most who sought psychological help had some relief that made their lives more pleasant. Psychological treatment helps with life's problems. Please feel free to use our NJPA Referral service so that a good match can be made between you, your situation, and your future licensed psychologist.
NJPA - About Us
"Promoting the Professional Interests of Psychologists to Better Serve the Diverse People of NJ."
- Zealously advocate for the interests of psychologists.
- Effectively communicate value of NJPA.
- Provide professional development for members.
- Provide a professional community for NJ psychologists.
Read the New Jersey Psychological Association Bylaws to find out more about our association.
NJPA Diversity Policy
The New Jersey Psychological Association declares its intention to raise the consciousness of its members about issues of diversity. These issues include, but are not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, religion, disability, country of origin, and marital status. The Association is committed to addressing these issues and concerns in its programs and publications.
NJPA is committed to advocating for psychology. Strengthening political outreach and advocating for the interests of NJ psychologists are top priorities. Over the years, this advocacy has taken many forms. Through our Committee on Legislative Affairs (COLA) and our Governmental Affairs Agent (GAA), John Torok of the Torok Group, LLC, NJPA has been instrumental in maintaining standards of psychology practice in NJ, protecting patients 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.
As the philanthropic arm of the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA), the NJPA Foundation is committed to raising money to support programs that promote the psychological health of people in our community.
In its commitment to the psychological health of the people in our community, the New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation administers and raises money to:
1. Deliver psychological services to underserved populations.
2. Train graduate students in psychology as clinicians and researchers with an emphasis on treating underserved populations.
3. Disseminate psychological knowledge to the public, particularly information about the prevention of violence and the amelioration of its effects.
4. Support the mission of NJPA especially in its commitment to diversity, public health, underserved populations and the training of graduate students in psychology.
NJPA Executive Board
The NJPA Executive Board serves as the policy setting body of the association. Board members are leaders within NJPA who are recognized as having experience, insight, and thoughtful perspective on issues that are important to NJPA. It is the role of NJPA board members to actively participate in setting NJPA policy, developing goals and priorities, creating future initiatives, conducting strategic planning, and making proactive efforts to meet all the objectives set forth in NJPA's Mission Statement. The board adheres strictly to the NJPA bylaws and the conduct of meetings are governed by Keesey's Modern Parliamentary Procedure.
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