30 Great LinkedIn Groups for Psychology Students

Eventually, (almost) all psychology majors must stare down the reality of finding themselves a job, hopefully one relating back to the mental health industry, since that’s what their degrees are in. But contending with an unstable economy offers up a treacherous challenge to scoring an entry to their dream careers, so harnessing whatever resources they can to snag opportunities stands as an integral edge above the competition. Those with LinkedIn skills will definitely want to take advantage of the myriad groups available for networking with fellow students as well as professionals. No matter their area of interest, there likely exists more than a few social networkers with much to share, and more importantly, possessing integral information about the internships and jobs currently available.

  1. Links for Shrinks – For Therapists, Psychologists, Coaches:

    Like the title straight-up says, this extremely useful LinkedIn Group offers up networking opportunities for mental health professionals. In particular, they trade online resources with one another, ask questions about improving their digital presence, attend webinars, and more.

  2. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers:

    Whether learning about CBT in class or hoping to someday apply it in a professional setting, Ohhad H.’s network of well over 5,000 members acts as an excellent supplement, brimming with information and resources for sharing and consideration. Consider it a must when wanting to learn more about the popular, effective strategy for alleviating many serious mental illnesses.

  3. Students and Recent Grads:

    A great group for any student, really, not just those majoring in psychology and seeking a career in mental health services. Despite its broad-as-Taft nature, hitting up this wildly popular group will prove valuable assistance when learning how to navigate the painfully narrow job and internship market in a downtrodden economic climate.

  4. The Psychology of Creativity:

    Read up on both academic and less-than-academic perspectives regarding the unique factors shaping the creative mind. It may not update as frequently as some of the more active groups listed here, but what it has to share still piques curiosity and — ostensibly — further inquiry.

  5. The Clinical Psychology Network:

    Although it seeks to bring together clinical psychology professionals and students from the OC and LA areas, pretty much any participant from anywhere can learn more than a few things about the field here. For those who do live in the region, however, the regular meetings and internship and job postings might prove of interest.

  6. The Psychology Network:

    One of LinkedIn’s most massive groups dedicated to psychology professionals (and those seeking to become professionals someday) boasts almost 24,000 members exchanging the latest research and trading questions, answers, and theories. However, one must ask permission before joining.

  7. Psychologists, coach, psychotherapists and counselors:

    A straightforward name for a straightforward group with a straightforward modus operandi. With more than 24,700 participants, students eager to talk with established pros about anything and everything relating to the eponymous positions will likely find answers to even some of their more offbeat questions.

  8. United States Mental Health Professionals:

    Psychology majors and recent graduates hoping to practice in the United States should head here for in-depth information about the legalities and restrictions that apply to their careers. Some of the talks regarding theories and treatment strategies transcend national barriers, of course.

  9. SIOP – The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology:

    If designing and executing studies about the unique psychology of office and corporate environments seems the right career fit, SIOP’s official group makes for essential participation. It’s especially useful when discovering how to apply research into real-life settings.

  10. Global Psychology Network:

    Because of this members-only group’s international bent, anyone who joins gains a wonderfully diverse education in the different psychological perspectives and approaches out there. Global Psychology Network also boasts 20 subgroups allowing members from different regions to discuss specific issues related to their practices.

  11. Forensic Psychology:

    Psychological professionals working in forensics gather here to talk business, making it an ideal stop for students considering that particular path. In the description, the group even mentions posting internship sites, so that’s definitely something right there.

  12. Psychology Students Network:

    Unlike most of the other networks listed here, this one specifically targets psychology majors hoping to connect with others who may share their experiences. It also makes it much, much easier to exchange valuable postings about job openings, internships, scholarships and plenty of other career kickstarters.

  13. Jungian (Analytical) Psychology:

    Whether looking into someday applying Jungian principles to a mental health practice or wanting some help on a research assignment, this group should have a student’s wishes covered. It largely emphasizes his theories regarding dreams, archetypes, and personality, which majors will inevitably encounter.

  14. Counseling Psychology Early Professionals:

    Perfect for graduates and soon-to-be graduates looking to network and pick up detailed, personalized advice about starting a counseling career. Both seasoned pros and newbies call this group home, so members gain some nice, well-rounded insight when participating in discussions.

  15. School Psychology:

    With bullying standing as a major social issue these days, no doubt many passionate psychology majors think it a potentially rewarding application of their studies. Here, they can learn everything they can about the field by asking questions and lurking in the talk threads.

  16. Aviation Psychology:

    Aviation psychology remains a largely overlooked niche within the broader industry, but will likely intrigue many students hoping to merge their love of technology with that aimed at the social sciences. They turn their attention toward the unique mental health needs of both pilots and flight crews, helping employers forge the best strategies for meeting and addressing them.

  17. Psi Chi – The International Honor Society in Psychology:

    Both current students and alumni network on Psi Chi’s official LinkedIn presence, which brings together graduates and undergraduates from around the world for general discussions about psychology. As honor students, they represent some of the most promising minds who might someday propel the practice toward exciting new places.

  18. Sports Psychology Professionals Network:

    Ron Artest’s public thanking of his psychiatrist after winning an NBA championship brought the comparatively obscure study of sports psychology to the public’s attention. Aspirant careerists or students simply exploring their options can tune in here for talks from patients (or the parents of patients) and professionals alike.

  19. Evolutionary Psychology:

    Splice a little Darwin into psychology lessons — or receive some awesomely informative extracurricular reading — and discover how biology plays a major role in the development of the mind over millennia. Owner Michael Sandifer encourages anyone, not just students and professionals, to participate in the ongoing discussions.

  20. Society for Neuroscience:

    Psychology studies obviously involve inquiries into brain structure and chemistry, but those hoping to explore the bizarre, essential organ in more intimate detail might want to pay neuroscientists a little visit. Society for Neuroscience’s LinkedIn group hosts almost 12,000 participants, so it’s probably safe to assume it might be a good start.

  21. SIPPA (Students of the International Positive Psychology Association):

    Up-and-coming mental health professionals interested in the core tenets of positive psychology who belong to one of the official organizations promoting it gather at this LinkedIn group. Students can also use it to meet up with professional mentors who will help them learn and grow in the popular field.

  22. American Psychological Association of Graduate Students:

    Every psychology major will encounter the ever-looming APA at some point, and the organization has taken advantage of LinkedIn for graduate student outreach. As with many other pre-professional groups, this one nurtures research help, internships, job-hunting, networking, and many more hallmarks of “making it” in psychology.

  23. Child Psychology Collective:

    Though its activity may experience a more sluggish pace compared to some of the other groups on this list, Child Psychology Collective still exists as a great online network. Obviously, its main goal revolves around talking all things related to childhood psychology and development, mostly theory and practice.

  24. Music Psychology:

    Dedicated to the academic welding of the arts and sciences — which doesn’t happen nearly enough! — this small but mighty group challenges participants and lurkers alike to consider the mind behind the music. Stress sits upon “research, performance, or creation,” so expect an eclectic mix of content.

  25. Media Psychology and Social Change:

    All the social sciences crash land into one another at Media Psychology and Social Change, which brings together professionals and students to explore the relationship between both phenomena. Social media and other digital realms in particular form the crux of their focus.

  26. Economic Psychology & Behavioural Economics:

    Researchers whose oeuvre involves dissecting the cognitive processes behind why people make the financial decisions they do gather here to trade their findings, ask questions, provide answers, compare, and contrast. As a bonus for students, professionals hailing from relevant organizations abound, providing an excellent, diverse networking opportunity.

  27. Internet Psychology:

    Psychology majors who love themselves some new media have an entire inchoate field synthesizing their passions — one they stand poised to completely revolutionize since the core subject hasn’t exactly been around very long. Join up with this group to follow what’s been done, what’s currently being done, and what needs to be done to offer up a broader look at how the Internet impacts the mind.

  28. PsychologyLinked:

    Elizabeta Kostadinovska-Boshevska’s networking group holds a pretty simple aim; just meet, greet, and chit-chat with professionals around the psychology sector. “Knowledge and best practices” are the name of the game here, so students about to hit the job market can learn what’s current before launching.

  29. Mental Health Networking:

    Professionals from across the psychology industry, no matter their title, consult Mental Health Networking when looking to share ideas and insights with one another. For students, this means a goodly slice of perspective regarding what they might encounter once they apply their classes to real-life scenarios.

  30. National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology:

    This nonprofit’s LinkedIn group carries over its desire to promote global mental health by encouraging greater communication and collaboration between recognized psychology professionals. Special outreach is available for students and anyone else hoping to earn the necessary credentials, too, so the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology definitely warrants consideration.

Posted on 06/14/12 | by Staff Writers | in Degrees, Resources | No Comments »

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