Professional Associations

International, national, and state professional associations govern human services professionals in their area of interest. In addition, they have contributed to the professionalization of the human services field. Their intent is to protect clients through licensure, standards of practice, codes of conduct/ethics, disciplinary procedures, training/education, and advocacy.

As you prepare for this Discussion, choose a professional association in your area of interest. Research its standards for training, credentials, and related legislations.
I would to relate this topic to the profession of social work in the mental health field.

a brief explanation of the impact the professional association you selected has on the practice of human services. Support your explanation by referencing the standards for training, credentials, and related legislations.

Note: Identify the professional association you selected in the first line of your post. You are to respond to a colleague who selected a professional association that you did not.

Support your Discussion assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course
Learning Resources
• Article: Bauman, S. (2008). To join or not to join: School counselors as a case study in professional membership. Journal of Counseling & Development, 86(2), 164–177.
• Article: Grant, R. (2009). South Carolina Correctional Association: Service in a scarce economy. Corrections Today, 71(5), 106.
• Article: Gray, M., & Webb, S. (2008). The myth of global social work: Double standards and the local-global divide. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 19(1), 61–66.
• Article: Lonne, B. (2009). Social justice and high-quality human services: Visioning the place of a contemporary professional association. Australian Social Work, 62(1), 1–9.
• Article: Simon, S., Webster, J., & Horn, K. (2007). A critical call for connecting students and professional associations. Social Work with Groups, 30(4), 5–19.
• Article: Wehrmann, K. (2010). Participation in social advocacy: How a professional association can help social workers meet their ethical obligation. Revista de Asistenta Sociala,(2), 75-85.
• The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)
• American Counseling Association (ACA)
• American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
• American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)
• American Public Health Association (APHA)
• The American Society of Criminology (ASC)
• International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
• National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
• The National Organization for Human Services (NOHS)
Optional Resources:
• Course Text: Leadership and Change in Human Services: Select Readings From Wolf Wolfensberger

o Chapter 5, “Possibilities, Limitations, and Ethical Issues Raised by Human Services”
• Article: Brody, S. (2006). ‘If we’re strong, you’re strong’. Community Care, (1622), 16.
• Article: Weiss-Gal, I., & Welbourne, P. (2008). The professionalisation of social work: A cross-national exploration. International Journal of Social Welfare, 17(4), 281 – 290.
With these Learning Resources in mind, please proceed to the Discussion.

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