Professional Resources


This is a list of resources that many professionals find valuable.  If you have a resource that you think should be added to this list, please contact Dr. Owens at

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)


The home of the largest professional organization devoted to the application of evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral therapies to common mental and behavioral health issues.



Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)


The online home of an organization devoted to education, training, and research for anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and related disorders.



New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA)


NYSPA represents psychologists in the State of New York.  The site offers connections to other psychologists and to valuable resources concerning practice, mental health, and advocacy.  Given that psychological practice is governed most closely by state laws and regulations, anyone practicing in NY should become a member of NYSPA.



Suffolk County Psychological Association (SCPA)


SCPA is the home for psychologists in Suffolk County, NY.  SCPA's mission is to promote the profession of psychology though education, fellowship, and advocacy.




American Psychological Association (APA)


The APA is the largest organization of psychologists in the nation.  This site is the professional home of researchers, practitioners, educators, and students alike, and has a wealth of information for the public.



How We Built Our Dream Practice: Innovative Ideas for Building Yours


Psychologists Dave Verhaagen and Frank Gaskill describe how they built and grew one of the most successful group psychology practices in the US.  And they tell you how you can do it, too.


Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide FACTS

An easy way to remember warning signs of child and adolescent suicide for parents, teachers and other adults.

WebMD Information on Child and Adolescent Suicide

Warning signs and advice on what to do when faced with a child or adolescent expressing suicidal thoughts or showing other signs of distress.

American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)


The mission of ABPP is to examine and certify psychologists as specialists in approved content areas in order to enhance consumer protection. Specialty certification also enhances licensure mobility.



National Register of Health Service Psychologists


The National Register credentials and promotes health service psychologists and enhances healthcare by ensuring that its registrants have the requisite training and experience to provide quality services to the public.



National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK)


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour per day/365 day per year, free service for anyone who is contemplating suicide.  If you are involved in the treatment of a person who is suicidal, this number should be part of his or her crisis plan.



American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)


The AFSP's mission is to bring together communities and professionals to understand and prevent suicide.  The site offers resources and multiple ways to become involved in suicide prevention.



American Association of Suicidology (AAS)


AAS strives to prevent suicide by gathering data on suicide and by providing evidence-based training to professionals engaged in the treatment of those at risk for suicidal thoughts and behavior.  AAS works to promote research and training in suicidology.


Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices


Physician and social media expert Kevin Pho talks about how doctors can and should interact with a new generation of patients.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on Teen Suicide

Information for concerned parents of children and adolescents.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)


The SPRC is devoted to providing information and training in suicide prevention at all levels.  The site hosts a registry of evidence-based prevention and intervention programs and provides training opportunities to professionals in mental health and policy.


Basic Methods for Assessing Suicide Risk Video


This short video is meant to serve as a primer or reminder for mental health professionals with regard to basic suicide assessment. This video can be viewed in less than 15 minutes and provides a framework for brief but effective suicide assessment and for making decisions regarding treatment for individuals expressing suicidal ideation or who have engaged in suicidal behavior. The video is intended for any mental health professional who works directly with patients or clients or who supervises treatment. It is likely that anyone working in these contexts will come into contact with at least one suicidal individual during his or her career; the best way to prevent suicide is to be prepared for these individuals before they present.



Brief Assessment of Suicide Risk for General Medical Settings


This short video introduces a brief and effective approach to suicide assessment for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and other medical professionals. This video focuses on basic but important information that a professional should gather from all of his or her patients in order to make informed decisions regarding treatment and referral. Given that many visits to physicians' offices involve or are entirely about mental health issues, it is important that all medical professionals have an understanding of basic suicide assessment and of the decisions that should be made based on the data gathered during that assessment. Due to the constraints that exist regarding professionals' time, the method presented is brief enough to fit into a general medical exam and relies in part on information that one likely already gathers during these interactions. The training video is less than 15 minutes in length in order to be more convenient for the busy medical professional.

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