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Many people don’t have a good understanding of what psychologists do. While some may understand that psychologists are often trained in psychotherapy, they may not appreciate other skills that psychologists possess such as assessment services, research skills, and multicultural competence.

Even fewer appreciate the broad impact psychologists have on culture and society around the world. For example, did you know that there are currently over 90 international psychological organizations listed by the American Psychological Association? These varied organizations provide mental health and other services in areas such as:

  • Human rights
  • Assessment
  • Trauma
  • Ethics
  • Gender and social issues

Psychologists actively seek to integrate psychological science and multicultural awareness through activism, divisions, and organizations. This work is valuable because it helps to counteract mental health stigma that is present in many parts of the world. If you’re curious to learn more about how psychology intersects with culture and society, explore the links below!

Discrimination Can Be Stressful by Dr. Kristine M. Diaz

Discrimination Can Be Stressful by Dr. Kristine M. Diaz

We know that stress can affect your health, particularly, your mental health. But, did you know that the stress you feel as someone who identifies from a diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or sex development can produce the same kind of stress? It can!

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Learning Self-Compassion by Dr. Jackie Henry

Learning Self-Compassion by Dr. Jackie Henry

Compassion is a desirable quality, one we try to cultivate in our children, toward our friends and family and within our local communities. When a friend is feeling down or discouraged, we don’t hesitate to comfort them and offer words of understanding. Yet when it comes to our own experience, many find it difficult to turn this compassion inward.

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