Professional Development & Cultural Competency in Engagement


The Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development seeks to develop programs specifically to improve ethnic and racial empathy and understanding. Its activities are designed to advance and sustain personal growth and improve educational opportunities for members from diverse cultural backgrounds. AMCD is charged with the responsibility of defending human and civil rights as prescribed by law. It encourages changing attitude and enhancing understanding of cultural diversity. Provisions are made for in-service and pre-service training for members and for others in the profession. Efforts are made to strengthen members professionally and enhance their ability to serve as behavioral change agents. Operationalization of Multicultural Counseling Competencies by AMCD represents a benchmark for the counseling profession and the American Counseling Association. Click here for more information about the AMCD/ACAClick here for more information about how to join.


Taunya M. Tinsley, PhD, DMin, NCC, LPC

President, AMCD 2019-20 




Info about AMCD leadership and regional leadership


Reston, VA

Academy for Eating Disorders

From The AED

"Founded in 1993, the Academy for Eating Disorders is a global professional association committed to leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment, and prevention. The AED offers a wide variety of resources, information, education and networking opportunities to further your career. You are invited to join the AED and become a member of a community committed to leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment and prevention."



"AED helps physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, nutritionists, academic researchers, students and experts through lived experience connect and collaborate with each other and keep abreast of recent developments in eating disorders research."


New York, NY

National Eating Disorder Association

From the NEDA

"The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care."

On November 19, 2019, NEDA announced the merger with the National Association for Males with Eating Disorders (N.A.M.E.D.) --  unifying the eating disorders community and improve access to services and support across the entire spectrum of these illnesses. The merged organization will operate under the name NEDA. This merger creates an opportunity to "better address stigmas that prevent men and male-identifying individuals from discussing issues of body image and seeking eating disorder treatment,” added Andrew Walen, NEDA’s Chief Executive Officer. “Together we are also better positioned to advocate for adequate funding and support.”

Want to get involved? Learn more, click here.


HQ: West Palm Beach, FL

The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness

From the Alliance

"The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing programs and activities aimed at outreach, education, early intervention, and advocacy for all eating disorders. Founded in October 2000, The Alliance has worked tirelessly to raise awareness; eliminate secrecy and stigma; promote access to care; and support those susceptible to, currently struggling with, and recovered from eating disorders. We create a bridge for those needing and seeking help by connecting people with resources to assist them in recovery." (TAEDA)

Learn more about programs and services--click here.


Association for Size Diversity & Health (ASDAH)

Health At Every SizeTM

"The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) affirms a holistic definition of health, which cannot be characterized as simply the absence of physical or mental illness, limitation, or disease. Rather, health exists on a continuum that varies with time and circumstance for each individual. Health should be conceived as a resource or capacity available to all regardless of health condition or ability level, and not as an outcome or objective of living. Pursuing health is neither a moral imperative nor an individual obligation, and health status should never be used to judge, oppress, or determine the value of an individual." (ASDAH)

"The framing for a Health At Every Size (HAES®) approach comes out of discussions among healthcare workers, consumers, and activists who reject both the use of weight, size, or BMI as proxies for health, and the myth that weight is a choice. The HAES model is an approach to both policy and individual decision-making. It addresses broad forces that support health, such as safe and affordable access. It also helps people find sustainable practices that support individual and community well-being." (ASDAH


Learn more about HAES/ASDAH and becoming a professional member.

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Portsmouth, NH 03802

The Center for Mindful Eating

"The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME) is a member-supported, nonprofit international organization. Our mission is to help people achieve a balanced, respectful, healthy and joyful relationship with food and eating. TCME’s provides resources for educating professionals, institutions, and individuals in the principles and practices of mindful eating."

"Members of TCME take an active role in supporting our mission to help people achieve a balanced, respectful, healthy and joyful relationship with food and eating.

Benefits of membership include free and reduced price attendance at our professional development webinars, opportunities for earning continuing education credit, free access to our webinar and Food for Thought archives,  educational handouts you can use in your professional practice, networking opportunities, and much more."


Benefits for Professional Members

"Suitable for people who provide mindful eating in a professional or clinical setting, such as nutritionists, dietitians, psychologists, nurses, mindful eating teacher trainers, and other professionals who teach mindful eating to others." For more information, click here