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Finding a Therapist
Eating disorders are extremely complex disorders that can be life threatening. It is important to seek the help of a qualified professional to assist you in the recovery process. Having a good support system of friends and loved ones is extremely helpful, but it is vital to have a professional to help and guide you.

Locating a Therapist:
One of the best ways to locate a therapist is through a recommendation from someone that has a problem similar to yours and has had a good experience with that particular therapist. Since it is unlikely that your acquaintances will have a similar problem and be willing to tell you about their therapy, it is good to have other options.

For other potential therapists, you can contact a professional referral service. These can be found listed under "Mental Health" in your phonebook, or under the specific heading of the type of professional for which you are searching. Professional organizations maintain referral lists of qualified therapists. For instance, you could look up an organization for psychiatrists or psychologists. These organizations have the benefit of being able to help you find the appropriate match according to your specific type of problem and the therapist's expertise. If a therapist receives any complaints, the referral service is available to evaluate and resolve the dispute. If consistent problems occur, the therapist will be removed from the service. As most of the referral services require that the therapists maintain the highest level of professionalism, a therapist from a referral service has of necessity been exposed to extra screening.

Do not just accept the first therapist that you talk to. Wait for at least three therapists to return your call. The fact that your call is returned quickly does not imply that he or she is a good therapist. It may be preferable to see a therapist that is busy and popular. However, if a therapist does call you back quickly then that does not mean anything bad. Give yourself at least a day and a half to call three therapists to talk to them on the telephone, and evaluate whether you find a sense of rapport.

Additional Certification:
Be careful to protect yourself. Just because someone says they are a therapist does not mean that they have had any training. People can call themselves a therapist, a psychotherapist, an analyst, a counselor, a marriage counselor, a eating disorder specialist, or a sex therapist and not have had any formal training. Although very uncommon, it is nevertheless possible to practice as a psychiatrist in the United States without having obtained any specialized training more than a medical license.

The term "psychologist" is regulated by law (in many states) which means that if a person says they are a psychologist, then that means that they have to be licensed in the state in which they practice. Again be careful because some therapists say they are a psychologist because they have a Ph.D. after their name (which means they are referred to as "doctor") but they are in fact licensed to practice under a specialty other than psychology. Thus, a person with a Ph.D. in psychology from their graduate training may actually be state licensed as a marriage counselor. In some states, a marriage counselor can practice without being licensed. So how do you protect yourself?...

By asking the following questions:
To a Psychiatrist: Have you had residency training in psychiatry and are you Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (more than 1/3 are Board Certified).
To a Psychologist: Are you licensed AS a psychologist? If not, under what license do you practice and what is your training?
To any other therapist: What is your license, degree, and training?

Before Calling the Therapist:
First decide if you want a same-sex therapist or one of the opposite sex. If you are apprehensive about therapy then choose the sex of the therapist with whom you feel most comfortable.

Next, find out how much you can afford for therapy. If therapy is once a week, then figure out how much you can afford to pay for four sessions in a month. If you have insurance, then contact your carrier and obtain in writing what they cover; i.e. if you have to see a specific therapist on their list, or if you have to see a particular type of therapist. Ask the carrier how much they pay for each office visit, and how many sessions they pay for. Also, ask about annual and lifetime pay out limits.
Now you are ready to contact the therapist.

Questions to Ask on the Phone:
Ask the potential therapist if he or she has a few minutes to talk to you about therapy. If he or she is not available at that moment, then ask when you can call at a more convenient time. If you discover that they are too busy for this brief introductory talk, you may want to ask whether they are accepting new clients and when the first available appointment could be made. If it is too long until you can get an appointment and you feel the need to be seen immediately then ask for a referral to another therapist. The average wait is less than a week although rarely, with very busy therapists, it can be up to 6 months; so check with the therapist.

Does the therapist limit his or her practice to a particular type of client? Does the therapist do family or couples therapy if necessary? What type of therapy does he or she use? What type of experience, training, and license does the therapist have? Will the therapist read your history before you go to your first session? How long are the sessions, and how often does the therapist generally schedule sessions? In addition, of course, what is the fee and will the therapist accept your insurance and how are co-payments handled? (co-payments are the amount that you have to pay beyond the insurance payment.) You can ask the therapist about a "sliding fee scale," which means that the fee may "slide" or vary according to your ability to pay or your monthly income.
Has the therapist ever had a license revoked or suspended; has he or she ever been disciplined by a state or professional ethics board and would he be willing to discuss it? (You can call the state licensing board to check out his or her license, credentials, and any ethical violations).
Tell the therapist that you want to talk to a few other potential therapists and you will call back if you decide to make an appointment. Give yourself some time to think over and digest your feelings about the telephone conversations. Then choose a therapist and make an appointment for an initial trial session. The first session should be used to help you decide if you WANT to work together.

After You Have Left Your First Session:
Assess carefully your reaction to how it felt. Was the therapist open to the manner in which you presented your history? Did you get a sense that you could be comfortable with this therapist? Did you feel a sense of connection with the therapist? Remember that each therapist creates a different environment and you have to decide if the atmosphere felt right to you. Do you feel that you will be able to trust this therapist? Did the therapist push you to reveal things that were uncomfortable too quickly? Were your needs listened to? Did the therapist behave in a professional manner? Did you feel comfortable about the goals that you two were able to set? Did your therapist tell about how therapy works and were you able to set some goals?

What Does the Therapist Expect of You?
This varies from therapist to therapist but usually you are expected to:
1) Show up on time for appointments. Unlike other doctors that may keep you waiting for an appointment or that may accept you even if you show up late, a therapist has a specific hour set aside for you. If you are late, then you are missing time that was reserved for you. The therapist has no obligation to make the session run late because you showed up late. Most likely, the therapist will have another client waiting to start at the beginning of the next hour. The therapist should not take telephone calls or attend to any business other than yours during your therapy session.
2) Cancel appointments in advance so the therapist can reschedule (usually 24 to 48 hours). Usually therapists charge the full fee for missed appointments that are not canceled in advance because you are paying for the therapist's time that was allotted for you. Insurance will not pay for missed appointments.
3) Share your perceptions and feelings as openly and honestly as you can. This involves taking the risk of sharing your deepest fears and concerns--this will help you to make progress quickly.
4) Actively work on your issues with your therapist. Some people come into therapy with the attitude, "I'm here, now fix me." When in actuality the process has to be one of both of you working together.
5) Complete any "homework" which was assigned. (Homework is designed to help the benefits of therapy to extend beyond the therapy hour)
6) Think about and reflect on your therapy between sessions. Be ready to discuss thoughts that you have about the previous sessions or any insights that have come to you since your last session with the therapist. You may even want to start keeping a journal of your experiences. If you have tried but cannot come up with any thoughts about the therapy then that is understandable.
7) Discuss with the therapist when you feel that you are finished with therapy BEFORE actually stopping.
If you follow these guidelines, you are not only living up to the expectations of therapy; you are also putting yourself in the best position to get the most out of the experience.

What not to Expect:
Do not expect a miracle cure from your therapist. Your problems have been with you for a long time and long-established patterns can take a while to change. Do not expect your therapist to be your friend outside of the therapy session. This can lead to complications with your therapy and should be avoided. You may wonder why your therapist does not acknowledge you in public. This is because your therapist wants to keep your relationship confidential. If you make the first move to say hello, then the interaction would likely be much different.
Also do not expect your therapist to attend parties or other functions. Some therapists will come to significant life milestones such as a graduation or marriage, but other therapists believe that it is not appropriate. Talk to your therapist about your feelings concerning these matters.

What to Watch of For:
If you feel that the therapist is setting goals for you which are based on what the therapist considers is important for you to change and these goals are not your own, then be wary. At times, therapists will unwittingly introduce their own unresolved issues which influence their treatment decisions. This is something to watch out for. For instance, if you mention that you are in an unhappy marriage and yet you are going to therapy to get over stage fright, and the therapist says you have to work on your marriage first, then he is a therapist to avoid. That therapist may be dealing with unresolved personal relationship issues which are influencing his or her judgment about your treatment. This is rare, but it is something to be aware of.
Never let the therapist perform any action or ask you to do anything that is against your morals and values. If a therapist ever asks you to do something unacceptable and does not respect your wishes then leave immediately. Therapists are in a position of power and at times try and wield that power by saying "I know what is best for you." As with any profession, there are a small percentage of bad therapists who will abuse this power. Remember, never do anything that is against your values.

A therapist should never touch you without your permission. Some therapists will put their hand on your shoulder once they know you to offer support, but if such a gesture makes you uncomfortable then tell the therapist. If he or she does not respect your wishes then leave immediately.
If you ever have a particular problem or disagreement with your therapist, it is vital to bring this out in the open. Disagreements will inevitably arise, this is part of the therapy process. You should watch out for therapists who do not listen to your concerns or apologize for mistakes.

Unprofessional Behavior:

Therapists are expected to uphold the moral and legal standards of the community. Clients should be treated with dignity, respect, and fairness.

The following are behaviors that are not ethical for a therapist:

Any sexual approach is unprofessional for a therapist. Asking you to remove any of your clothes, or touching you in any way without your permission is unethical. Having romantic encounters or even asking to see you outside of therapy is also unethical. Be wary of therapists who try to elicit help from you for their own problems or charities or outside business interests. Therapists may bring up personal anecdotes to assist with your therapy, but the focus should not change to dealing with the therapist's problems.

The therapist may give you a reduced fee to help to accommodate your financial situation. When your situation improves it is customary to re-evaluate the circumstances and possibly pay the therapist's regular fee. But the therapist cannot increase his normal fees just because he believes you can afford a higher fee.

Though these situations are rare, if you believe that your therapist behaved in an unprofessional manner then discuss this behavior with the professional ethics committee of your state licensing board.

Source: Information adapted from Grold, K. & Hartline, C.).

Licensing Boards for Therapists:

Marriage and Family Therapists

Alabama Board of Examiners in Marriage and Family Therapy
610 South McDonough Street Montgomery AL 36104
Phone: 334-269-9990
Fax: 334-263-6115
Email: abemft@aol.com
Webpage: http://agencies.state.al.us/~mft

Department of Commerce and Economic Development
P.O. Box 110806 Juneau AK 99811-0806
Phone: 907-465-2551
Fax: 907-465-2974

Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
Attn: Heather Wilson
1400 W. Washington St., Rm. 350 Phoenix AZ 85007
Phone: 602-542-1882
Fax: 602-542-1830
Email: behavioral_health@pop.state.az.us

Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling
SAU Box 1396 Magnolia AR 71750-5000
Phone: 870-235-4314
Fax: 870-234-1842
Email: arboec@saumag.edu
Webpage: http://www.state.ar.us/directory/detail2.cgi?ID=1067

Board of Behavioral Sciences
400 R Street, Suite 3150 Sacramento CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-4933
Fax: 916-323-0707
Email: bbswebmaster@bbs.ca.gov

Board of Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners
Dept. of Regulatory Agencies
1560 Broadway, Suite 1370 Denver CO 80202
Phone: 303-894-7766
Fax: 303-894-7747
Email: amos.martinez@dora.state.co.us

Dept. of Public Health Services
410 Capitol Avenue MS-12APP P.O. Box 340308 Hartford CT 06134-0308
Phone: 860-509-7567
Fax: 860-509-8457
Webpage: http://www.state.ct.us/dph

Delaware: The state of Delaware has not passed legislation to license marriage and family therapists.

District of Columbia: The District of Columbia has not passed legislation to license marriage and family therapists.

Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling
4052 Bald Cypress Way BIN #C08 Tallahassee FL 32399-3258
Phone: 850-245-4474
Fax: 850-921-5389

Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists
237 Coliseum Drive Macon, GA 31217-3858
Phone: 478-207-1670
Fax: 478-207-1676

Professional and Vocational Licensing Division
Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
P.O. Box 3469 Honolulu HI 96801
Phone: 808-586-2693
Fax: 808-586-2689
Email: mft@dcca.state.hi.us

Board of Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapists
Bureau of Occupational Licenses
1109 Main Street, Suite 220 Boise ID 83702-5642
Phone: 208-334-3233
Fax: 208-334-3945
Webpage: http://www2.state.id.us/ibol/cou.htm

Marriage and Family Therapist Licensing and Disciplinary Board
Illinois Department of Professional regulation
320 W. Washington St., 3rd Floor Springfield IL 62786
Phone: 217-785-0800
Fax: 217-785-7645

Health Professions Bureau
402 W. Washington Street, Room 041 Indianapolis IN 46204
Phone: 317-234-2064
Fax: 317-233-4236
Webpage: http://www.in.gov/hpb/boards/mhcb

Board of Behavioral Science Examiners
Supt. of Public Health, Bureau of Professional Licensing
Lucas State Office Bldg., 5th floor Des Moines IA 50319-0075
Phone: 515-281-4413
Fax: 515-281-3121
Email: jmanning@idph.state.ia.us

Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board
712 S. Kansas Avenue Topeka KS 66603-3817
Phone: 785-296-3240
Fax: 785-296-3112
Email: pgilmore@ink.org
Webpage: http://www.ksbsrb.org

Board of Licensure of Marriage and Family Therapists
P.O. Box 1360 Frankfort KY 40602
Phone: 502-564-3296 ext.239
Fax: 502-696-1986

Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners
8631 Summa Avenue, Suite A Baton Rouge LA 70809
Phone: 225-765-2515
Fax: 225-765-2514
Email: lpcboard@eatel.net

Board of Counseling Professionals Licensure
Office of Licensing and Registration
Dept. of Professional & Financial Regulation
State House Station #35 Augusta ME 04333-0035
Phone: 207-624-8626

State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors
4201 Patterson Avenue Baltimore MD 21215-2299
Phone: 410-764-4732
Fax: 410-358-1610
Email: taylorai@dhmh.state.md.us

Board of Regulation of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professionals
Division of Registration
239 Causeway Street, Suite 500 Boston MA 02114
Phone: 617-727-3074

Board of Marriage and Family Therapy
Bureau of Health Services
P.O. Box 30670 Lansing MI 48909
Phone: 517-335-0918

Board of Marriage and Family Therapy
2829 University Ave. SE, Suite 330 Minneapolis MN 55414-3222
Phone: 612-617-2220
Fax: 612-617-2221

Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists
P.O. Box 4508 Jackson MS 39296-4508
Phone: 601-987-6806
Fax: 601-987-6808
Email: mboe@swmft.state.ms.us

State Committee of Marital and Family Therapists
3605 Missouri Blvd. P.O. Box 1335 Jefferson City MO 65102-1335
Phone: 573-751-0870
Fax: 573-751-0735
Email: mfts@mail.state.mo.us

Montana: The state of Montana has not passed legislation to license marriage and family therapists.

The Nebraska Board f Mental Health Practice
P.O. Box 94986 Lincoln NE 68509-4986
Phone: 402-471-2117
Fax: 402-471-3577
Email: Kris.Chiles@state.ne.us

Board of Marriage and Family Therapist Examiners
P.O. Box 72758 Las Vegas NV 89170-2758
Phone: 702-486-7388
Fax: 702-486-7258
Email: nvbdmft@aol.com
Webpage: http://marriage.state.nv.us

New Hampshire:
Board of Mental Health Practice
Dept. of Health and Human Service
105 Pleasant Street Concord NH 03301
Phone: 603-271-6762
Webpage: http://www.state.nh.us/mhpb

New Jersey:
Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners
Division of Consumer Affairs
124 Halsey Street P.O. Box 45007 Newark NJ 07101
Phone: 973-504-6415
Fax: 973-504-6458
Webpage: http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/medical.htm

New Mexico:
Counseling and Therapy Practice Board
2055 Pacheco Street, Suite 300 Santa Fe NM 87504
Phone: 505-476-7100
Fax: 505-827-7548

New York:
The state of New York has not passed legislation to license marriage and family therapists.

North Carolina:
Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure Board
300 Bethesda Place, Suite 503 Winston-Salem NC 27103
Phone: 336-794-3891
Fax: 336-777-3603
Email: mftlb@bellsouth.net

North Dakota:
The state of North Dakota has not passed legislation to license licenses marriage and family therapists.

The state of Ohio has not passed legislation to license marriage and family therapists.

Oklahoma Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Board
Oklahoma State Dept. of Health
1000 N.E. 10th Street Oklahoma City OK 73117-1299
Phone: 405-271-6030
Fax: 405-271-1918
Email: mikeb@health.state.ok.us

Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists
3218 Pringle Rd. S.E. #160 Salem OR 97302-6312
Phone: 503-378-5499
Fax: 503-378-3575
Email: lpc.lmft@state.or.us
Webpage: http://www.oblpct.state.or.us

Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors
Department of State
Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs
P.O. Box 2649 Harrisburg PA 17105-2649
Phone: 717-783-1389
Fax: 717-787-7769
Email: socialwo@pados.state.pa.us
Webpage: http://www.dos.state.pa.us/bpoa/socwkbd/mainpage.htm

Rhode Island:
Board of Marriage and Family Therapy
Division of Professional Regulation
Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill, Room 104 Providence RI 02908-5097
Phone: 401-222-2827
Fax: 401-222-1272

South Carolina:
Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marital and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists
P.O. Box 11329 Columbia SC 29211-1329
Phone: 803-896-4658
Fax: 803-896-4719

South Dakota:
South Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners
Dept. of Commerce and Regulation
P.O. Box 1822 1116 South Minnesota Avenue Sioux Falls SD 57101-1822
Phone: 605-331-2927
Fax: 605-331-2043
Email: sdbec@uswestmail.net

South Dakota Psychological Association
P.O. Box 460 Sioux Falls, SD 57101-0460

Board of Certification for Professional Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists
Cordell Hull Building 425 5th Ave. North Nashville TN 37247-1010
Phone: 615-532-5134
Fax: 615-532-5164
Webpage: http://www.state.tn.us/health

Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists
Professional Licensing and Certification Division
Dept. of Health
1100 W. 49th Street Austin TX 78756-3183
Phone: 512-834-6657
Fax: 512-834-6677

Marriage and Family Therapy Board
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Dept. of Commerce
160 East 300 South P.O. Box 146741Salt Lake City UT 84114-6741
Phone: 801-530-6628
Email: bremre.brdopl.lpoe@email.state.ut.us

Board of Allied Mental Health Practitioners
Office of Professional Regulation
Secretary for State Office
Redstone Building 109 State Street Montpellier VT 05609-1106
Phone: 802-828-2390
Fax: 802-828-2465
Email: dlafaill@sec.state.vt.us

Virginia Board of Counselors
6606 W. Broad St., 4th Floor Richmond VA 23230-1717
Phone: 804-662-9912
Fax: 804-662-7250
Email: coun@dhp.state.va.us

Mental Health Quality Assurance Division
P.O. Box 47869 Olympia WA 98504-7869
Phone: 360-236-4902
Fax: 360-753-0739

West Virginia:
The state of West Virginia has not passed legislation to license marriage and family therapists.

Examining Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors
Bureau of Health Service Professions- Marriage and Family Therapy Section
Dept. of Regulation and Licensing
1400 E. Washington Ave. P.O. Box 8935 Madison WI 53708-8935
Phone: 608-266-0145
Fax: 608-261-7083
Email: dorl@drl.state.wi.us

Mental Health Professionals Licensing Board
2020 Carey Avenue, Suite 201 Cheyenne WY 82002
Phone: 307-777-7788
Fax: 307-777-3508
Email: vskora@state.wy.us

State Psychological Associations

Alabama Psychological Association
(334) 262-8245
P.O. Box 97, Montgomery, AL 36101-0097

Alaska Psychological Association
(907) 344-8878
P.O. Box 241292, Anchorage, AK 99524-1292

Psychologists' Association of Alberta
(780) 424-0294
520 Metropolitan Pl. 10303 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA T5J 3N6

Arizona Psychological Association
(480) 675-9477
6210 E. Thomas Rd. Suite 209, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Arkansas Psychological Association
(501) 614-6500
1123 South University Suite 235, Little Rock, AR 72204

British Columbia Psychological Association
(604) 730-0501
1755 West Broadway Suite 202, Vancouver, BC V6J 4S5

California Psychological Association
(916) 325-9786
1022 G Street, Sacramento, CA 95814-0817

Colorado Psychological Association
(303) 692-9303
1660 S. Albion Suite 712, Denver, CO 80222

Connecticut Psychological Association
(860) 586-7522
342 North Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06117-2507

Delaware Psychological Association
(302) 478-2591
P.O. Box 718, Claymont, DE 19703-0718

District of Columbia Psychological Association
(202) 336-5559
750 First Street, NE Suite 7306, Washington, DC 20002-4241

Florida Psychological Association
(850) 656-2222
408 Office Plaza, Tallahassee, FL 32301-2757

Georgia Psychological Association
(404) 634-6272
1750 Century Circle Suite 10, Atlanta, GA 30345

Guam Psychological Association
(671) 734-2440
310 Ladera Lane, Mangilao, GU 96923

Hawaii Psychological Association
(808) 521-8995
1188 Bishop St., Suite 912, Honolulu, HI 96813

Idaho Psychological Association
(208) 375-0125
P.O. Box 352, Boise, ID 83701-0352

Illinois Psychological Association
(312) 372-7610
203 N. Wabash, #1404, Chicago, Il 60601-2413

Indiana Psychological Association
(317) 686-5348
55 Monument Circle, Suite 455, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Iowa Psychological Association
(712) 848-3595
48428 290th Ave., Rolfe, IA 50581

Kansas Psychological Association
(785) 354-8430
901B SW 10th, Topeka, KS 66604

Kentucky Psychological Association
(502) 894-0777
120 Sears Avenue, Suite 202, Louisville, KY 40207-5014

Louisiana Psychological Association
(225) 344-8839
P.O. Box 66924, Baton Rouge, LA 70896-6924

Maine Psychological Association
(207) 621-0732
P.O. Box 5435, Augusta, ME 04330

Manitoba Psychological Society Inc.
(204) 488-7398
P.O. Box 151 RPO Corydon Winnipeg, MB R3M 3S7

Maryland Psychological Association
(410) 992-4258
1 Mall North, Suite 314, 10025 Governor Warfield Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Massachusetts Psychological Association
(781) 263-0080
195 Worcester Street, Suite 303, Wellesley, MA 02481

Michigan Psychological Association
(248) 473-9070
24350 Orchard Lake Rd. Suite 105, Farmington Hills, MI 48336

Minnesota Psychological Association
(651) 697-0440
1711 West Country Road B, Suite 310N, Roseville, MN 55113-4036

Mississippi Psychological Association
(601) 321-4629
P.O. Box 1120, Jackson, MS 39215-1120

Missouri Psychological Association
(573) 634-8852
211 East Capitol, Jefferson City, MO 65101-2989

Montana Psychological Association
(406) 252-2559
P.O. Box 50247 Billings, MT 59105

Nebraska Psychological Association
(402) 475-0709
1044 H Street, Lincoln, NE 68508-3169

Nevada State Psychological Association
(800) 840-6772
PMB184, 10580 N. McCarran Blvd., Suite 115, Reno, NV 89503-1896
New Hampshire Psychological Association
(603) 225-9925
P.O. Box 1205, Concord, NH 03302-1205

New Jersey Psychological Association
(973) 535-9888
349 E. Northfield Road Suite 211, Livingston, NJ 07039-4806

New Mexico Psychological Association
(505) 883-7376
2501 San Pedro NE Suite 113, Albuquerque, NM 87110

New York State Psychological Association
(518) 437-1040
Six Executive Park Drive, Albany, NY 12203

North Carolina Psychological Association
(919) 872-1005
1004 Dresser Court Suite 106, Raleigh, NC 27609-7353

North Dakota Psychological Association
(701) 223-9045
419 East Brandon Drive, Bismarck, ND 58501-0410

Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia
(902) 860-1238
164 Phillip Drive, Fall River, NS B2T 1H7

Ohio Psychological Association
(614) 224-0034
400 East Town Street, Suite G20, Columbus, OH 43215-1599

Oklahoma Psychological Association
(405) 879-0069
601 W. I-44 Service Road Suite C, Oklahoma City, OK 73118-6032

Ontario Psychological Association
(416) 961-5552
730 Yonge Street Suite 221, Toronto, ON M4Y 2B7

Oregon Psychological Association
(503) 253-9155
147 SE 102nd, Portland, OR 97216

Pennsylvania Psychological Association
(717) 232-3817
416 Forster Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102-1714

Asociacion de Psicologos de Puerto Rico
(787) 751-7100
Apartado 363435, San Juan, PR 00936-3435

Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec
(514) 738-1881
1100 Avenue Beaumont, Bureau 510 Mont-Royal, QU H3P 3H5

Rhode Island Psychological Association
(401) 728-5570
500 Prospect Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860-6260

South Carolina Psychological Association
(843) 838-6050
P.O. Box 2450, Beaufort, SC 29901-2450

South Dakota Psychological Association
(605) 373-8969
P.O. Box 460, Sioux Falls, SD 57101-0460

Tennessee Psychological Association
(901) 372-1015
P.O. Box 281296, Memphis, TN 38168

Texas Psychological Association
(512) 280-4099
1011 Meredith Drive Suite 4, Austin, TX 78748

Utah Psychological Association
(801) 359-5646
275 East South Temple, Suite 112, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Vermont Psychological Association
(802) 229-5447
P.O. Box 1017, Montpelier, VT 05601-1017

Virginia Psychological Association
(540) 667-5544
109 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601-4182

Association of Virgin Island Psychologists
(340) 775-1103
P.O. Box 10859, St. Thomas, VI 00801

Washington State Psychological Association
(425) 712-1852
P.O. Box 2016, Edmonds, WA 98020-2016

West Virginia Psychological Association
(304) 345-5805
P. O. Box 58058, Charleston, WV 25358

Wisconsin Psychological Association
(608) 251-1450
121 South Hancock Street, Madison, WI 53703-3461

Wyoming Psychological Association
(307) 745-3167
P.O. Box 1191, Laramie, WY 82073-1191

Social Workers Associations

ALABAMA: Governors Park II | 2921 Marti Lane, #G | Montgomery, AL 36116 | 334/288-2633 | Email: naswal@earthlink.net

ALASKA: 4161 Patterson Circle | Anchorage, AK 99504-4680 | 907/332-6279 | Email: naswak@alaska.net

ARIZONA: 1050 East Southern Ave. Ste. F-5 | Tempe, AZ 85282 | 480/968-4595

ARKANSAS: 1123 S.University 1010 | Little Rock, AR 72204 | 501/663-0658 | 800/797-6279| Email: naswar@cei.net

CALIFORNIA: 1016 23rd Street | Sacramento, CA 95816 | 916/442-4565 | 800/538-2565

CALIFORNIA (Los Angeles Office): 315 West 9th St., Suite 321 | Los Angeles, CA 90015 | 213/452-0090

COLORADO: 2345 South Federal Blvd., Suite 200 | Denver, CO 80219 | 303/753-8890/91 | 800-595-NASW Email: naswco@qwest.net

CONNECTICUT: 2139 Silas Deane Hwy | Suite 205 | Rocky Hill, CT 06067 | 860/257-8066

DC METRO WASHINGTON: P.O. Box 75236 | Washington, DC 20013 | 202/371-8282 | Email: office@naswmetro.org

DELAWARE: 3301 Green Street | Claymont, DE 19703 | 302/792-0646

FLORIDA: 345 South Magnolia Dr. | Suite #14-B | Tallahassee, FL 32301 | 850/224-2400 | 800/352-6279

GEORGIA: 3070 Presidential Drive | Suite 226 | Atlanta, GA 30340 | 770/234-0567
GUAM: Rm. 205, HSS Bldg., UOG | P.O. Box 5176 | UOG Station | Mangilao, GU 96923 | 671/735-2877 Email: naswgu@netpci.com

HAWAII: 677 Ala Moana Blvd. #911 | Honolulu, HI 96813 | 808/521-1787 | Fax: 808/521-3299 | Email: info@naswhi.org | Web: www.naswhi.org

IDAHO: P.O. Box 7393 | Boise, ID 83707 | 208/345-4060

ILLINOIS: 180 N. Michigan Ave | Suite #400 | Chicago, IL 60601 | 312/236-8308 | Email: office@naswil.org Web: www.naswil.org

INDIANA: 1100 West 42nd St. | Suite #375 | Indianapolis, IN 46208 | 317/923-9878

IOWA: 4211 Grand Ave. | Level 3 | Des Moines, IA 50312 | 515/277-1117

KANSAS: Jayhawk Towers | 700 SW Jackson St., Suite 801 | Topeka, KS 66603-3740 | 785/354-4804

KENTUCKY: 310 St. Clair | Suite 104 | Frankfort, KY 40601 | 502/223-0245

LOUISIANA: 700 N. 10th St. | Suite 200 | Baton Rouge, LA 70802 | 225/346-1234 | 800/899-1984| Email: admin@naswla.org

MAINE: 222 Water Street | Hallowell, ME 04347-1397 | or P.O. Box 5065 | Augusta, ME 04332 | 207/622-7592

MARYLAND: 5710 Executive Dr., #105 | Baltimore, MD 21228 | 410/788-1066 |

MASSACHUSETTS: 14 Beacon St., #409 | Boston, MA 02108 | 617/227-9635 | Email: chapter@naswma.org

MICHIGAN: 741 North Cedar Street | Suite #100 | Lansing, MI 48906 | 517/487-1548 | Email: office@nasw-michigan.org

MINNESOTA: 1885 University Avenue West | Suite 340 | St. Paul, MN 55104 | 651/293-1935

MISSISSIPPI: PO Box 4228 | Jackson, MS 39216 | 601/981-8359 | 800/543-7098

MISSOURI: Parkade Ctr/Suite 138 | 601 Business Loop | 70 West | Columbia, MO 65203 | 573/874-6140 | 800/333-6279 | Email: chapter@nasw-mo.org

MONTANA: 25 South Ewing Street | Suite 406 | Helena, MT 59601 | 406/449-6208 | Email: naswmt@mt.net
NEBRASKA: P.O. Box 83732 | Lincoln, NE 68501 | 402/477-7344 | 877/816-6279

NEVADA: 1555 E. Flamingo Road | Suite 158 | Las Vegas, NV 89119 | 702/791-5872 |

NEW HAMPSHIRE: c/o NH Association for the Blind | 25 Walker Street | Concord, NH 03301 | 603/226-7135

NEW JERSEY: 2 Quarterbridge Plaza | Hamilton, NJ 08619 | 609/584-5686 | Email: naswnj@aol.com

NEW MEXICO: 1503 University Blvd., NE | Albuquerque, NM 87102 | 505/247-2336I Web: www.naswnm.org

NEW YORK CITY: 50 Broadway, 10th Floor | New York, NY 10004 | 212/668-0050

NEW YORK STATE: 188 Washington Avenue | Albany, NY 12210 | 518/463-4741 | In State 800/724-6279| Email: naswnys@aol.com

NORTH CAROLINA: P.O. Box 27582 | Raleigh, NC 27611-7581 | 919/828-9650 | 800/280-6207 | Web: http://members.aol.com/naswnc

NORTH DAKOTA: P.O. Box 1775 | Bismarck, ND 58502-1775 | 701/223-4161

OHIO: 118 E. Main Street | Suite 3 West | Columbus, OH 43215 | 614/461-4484

OKLAHOMA: 2801 N. Lincoln Blvd. | Oklahoma City, OK 73105 | 405/239-7017

OREGON: 7688 SW Capitol Hwy | Portland, OR 97219 | 503/452-8420 | Fax: 503/452-8506 | Email: nasworegon@nasworegon.org

PENNSYLVANIA: 1337 N. Front Street | Harrisburg, PA 17102 | 717/232-4125

PUERTO RICO: P.O. Box 192051 | San Juan, PR 00919-2051 | 787/758-3588

RHODE ISLAND: 260 W. Exchange Street | #00 1/2 | Providence, RI 02903 | 401/274-4940

SOUTH CAROLINA: P.O. Box 5008 | Columbia, SC 29250 | 803/256-8406

SOUTH DAKOTA: 1000 North West Ave. #360 | Spearfish, SD 57783 | 605/339-9104

TENNESSEE: 1808 West End Avenue | Ste 805 | Nashville, TN 37203 | 615/321-5095

TEXAS: 810 West 11th Street | Austin, TX 78701 | 512/474-1454 | 800/888-6279 | Email: naswtex@naswtx.org |
UTAH: University of Utah GSSW #229 | 395 South 1500 East | Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0260 | 801/583-8855 |

VERMONT: P.O. Box 1348 | Montpelier VT 05601 | 802/223-1713

VIRGIN ISLANDS: Havensight Secretarial Services | 2 Buccaneer Mall | St. Thomas, VI 00802 | 340/776-3424

VIRGINIA: 1506 Staples Mill Road | Richmond, VA 23230 | 804/204-1339

WASHINGTON: 8711 15th Ave. NW | Seattle, WA 98117 | 206/706-7084

WEST VIRGINIA: 1608 Virginia St. East | Charleston, WV 25311 | 304/345-6279

WISCONSIN: 16 North Carroll Street | Suite 220 | Madison, WI 53703 | 608/257-6334 | Toll Free (WI only): 866/462-7994

WYOMING: 25 South Ewing Street | Suite 406 | Helena, MT 59601 | 406/449-6208 | Email: naswmt@mt.net

National Association of Social Workers, 750 First Street NE, Suite 700 I Washington, DC 20002-4241, 202-408-8600 | 800-638-8799

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