Knowledge and Abilities Paper

Knowledge and Abilities
Patricia Price
March 1, 2010
Jamie Doi
American Psychological Association (APA)
During youth, the mind wonders about what one wants to be when he or she grows up.   Some want to be an astronaut, doctor, nurse, or a firefighter.   Each person has a dream that he or she wants’ to fulfill one day.   For some it is choosing a profession that helps people understand why people act the way they do. Whichever profession one chooses joining a professional organization of interest enhances the abilities of the person.   According to the free dictionary by Farlex (2010), professional organizations “are a body of persons engaged in the same profession, formed usually to control entry into the profession, maintain standards, and represent the profession in discussions with other bodies” (professional organizations, para. 1).
    Many professional organizations are available for researching according to Weddle's Association Directory (2000-2010), The American Medical Association (AMA), Association of Space Explorers (ASE), International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), or American Nurses Association (ANA) (Where People Matter Most, 2000-2010).   If one decides to choose a profession for treating depression, attention deficit disorder, stress, or workplace issues, then he or she may want to join the American Psychological Association (APA).
    In 1892, a small group of 31 people formed what is today operating under the name of the American Psychological Association (APA), sustaining a membership of 150,000 and is still expanding.   The American Psychological Association (APA) operates with the associations headquarters in Washington, DC.   The purpose of the American Psychological Association (APA) is to enhance knowledge for psychologist by offering continuing education and for the nonprofessional, the APA can help one to understand how and why people act in the way that he or she does. If one chooses this profession, they can research...