As a psychologist, I'm very excited about this new resource
Arlington, Texas (Vocus) September 6, 2007
American Mensa announces PsySource, a new online directory that connects state-licensed mental health professionals with gifted people nationwide. This is a new service from American Mensa, helping to fulfill one of the organization's primary goals - to identify and foster human intelligence.
"As a psychologist, I'm very excited about this new resource," said Dr. Frank Lawlis, American Mensa's Supervisory Psychologist. "Many parents suspect their child is gifted and don't know how to find a professional to test them. As the Mensa Admission Test can only be taken by those 14 years and older, it's important for parents to have a resource like PsySource available to them so they can identify whether their child is gifted. Then, the parent can start placing before the child the challenges he or she needs during the early stages of development. Of course, PsySource isn't just for children, the professionals listed there may also be able to offer guidance and services for gifted people of all ages."
While it is not a referral service or endorsement, the PsySource directory provides information about state-licensed mental health professionals who perform intelligence testing and provide support services to gifted people. The PsySource directory can be viewed by visiting http://www.us.mensa.org/PsySource. Any state-licensed mental health professional who wishes to be listed in this directory can visit http://www.us.mensa.org/PsySignup to learn more.
American Mensa is an organization open to anyone who scores in the top two percent on an accepted, standardized intelligence test. The organization has more than 54,000 members in the United States and more than 100,000 members in more than 40 countries. Members of Mensa attend local and national events, join special interest groups such as astronomy and philosophy, and help out in their communities through various projects. For more information about Mensa, or to apply for membership, visit http://www.us.mensa.org or call (800) 66-MENSA.