D.C. (August 9, 2006) - More than 65 percent of adults and
80 percent of children in the United States who need behavioral
health care services do not receive the services they require,
according to a recent report by the U.S. Surgeon General. The
National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (National
Register) has moved to address that need with the launch of a
new website, findapsychologist.org. The website offers the most
up-to-date online directory of licensed psychologists who have
achieved the most rigorous educational credentials in their profession.
It lists psychologists practicing in the U.S., Canada, and their
territories. The website also offers consumers a selection of
articles and resources to better understand their behavioral health
to National Register Executive Officer Judy Hall, Ph.D., this
website can be a lifesaver for diverse consumers of all ages.
"Challenges don't discriminate. People of all ages, regardless
of color or income, are struggling with problems at work, at home,
and at school. Family members see loved ones suffering from depression,
anxiety, grief, eating disorders, relationship issues, substance
abuse, peer pressure, and all sorts of problems. They want to
help, but they don't know how to find a properly qualified health
care professional who will meet their loved ones' needs and circumstances."
Dr. Hall says
findapsychologist.org can help. "findapsychologist.org should
be the first stop for a consumer or a referring health professional
to identify and contact a qualified, credentialed psychologist.
This free online service can be accessed whenever it's needed
in total privacy. It provides easy-to-understand information that
will help the consumer make an informed choice based on his or
her unique situation. Anyone who uses findapsychologist.org can
be assured that these health care professionals possess the credentials
they claim to have thanks to the National Register's rigorous,
Register screens the psychologists on its website to make sure
that in addition to a license to practice, each psychologist has
achieved an acceptable doctoral degree in psychology, completed
a qualified internship and postdoctoral training, and adheres
to professional ethics and state codes of conduct. With information
from licensing boards, the National Register updates the records
of these 12,000 credentialed psychologists monthly and any changes
to the database are reflected on findapsychologist.org immediately.
data accelerates consumer access to psychological services across
the spectrum of healthcare. Major hospitals, national health care
organizations, and large insurers have used National Register
credentialing information to expedite their own screening for
the past 30 years. Many licensing boards now use National Register
credentialing data to fast track licensing applications. By reducing
expensive and time-consuming barriers for psychologists, consumers
benefit. With findapsychologist.org, the information these organizations
and licensing boards need is at their fingertips.
Register is an independent, non-profit organization that was created
in 1974 with the help of the American Psychological Association
and the American Board of Professional Psychology. Today, the
National Register is the leading source of information on nationally
credentialed psychologists in health care. For more information
about the National Register, visit www.nationalregister.org.