BECOME AN NSAC REGIONAL CLINIC OR ASSOCIATE

Qualifications & Benefits

NSAC REGIONAL CLINICS:  Being a regional clinic of the National Social Anxiety Center is an honor, as it is recognition that the clinic provides high-quality evidence-based treatment for social anxiety disorder. NSAC regional clinics range greatly in size: from solo practitioners to large clinics with multiple offices and many clinicians. Regardless of size, all of our clinics follow the evidence-based protocols proven effective in social anxiety research.

In order to become an NSAC regional clinic, each clinic must have at least one psychotherapist serving as its representative who is certified in cognitive-behavioral therapy by the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, the American Board of Professional Psychology, or the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. (Alternatively, that clinic representative must have completed part one of that certification process, and must then complete part two within one year of affiliating with NSAC.) That CBT-certified clinician must also be interviewed by the NSAC Board of Directors, which must then vote unanimously in order to approve the affiliation of a new regional clinic. The CBT-certified clinician serves as representative of the regional clinic on the NSAC Board of Directors, and must attend its quarterly online business meetings.

Regional clinics receive a number of benefits through affiliation with NSAC:

• Each regional clinic has an entire page on the NSAC website describing their clinic and clinicians, with no limits on length, photos or links to their websites and email addresses. (For examples, click onto the photo links of our regional clinics on this page.)

• NSAC will work toward having your regional clinic webpage come up on the first page of Google search results for social anxiety in your city/region, generally within a few months of affiliating with us.

• NSAC regional clinics will also have a highlighted short listing on the shared page which includes the blurbs for all NSAC associates.

• Each regional clinic has a representative that serves on the NSAC Board of Directors which meets quarterly over the internet to make decisions governing the organization and its work.

• Regional clinics, including all their clinical staff, are also invited to attend any of the monthly peer consultation or quarterly clinical education sessions we conduct.

• Regional clinics are periodically listed in announcements sent to the list serves of the Academy of Cognitive & Behavioral Therapies, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

• Regional clinics receive referrals from other NSAC regional clinics and associates.

• Regional clinics may, if they choose, write blog posts to appear on the social anxiety blog of the NSAC website and our Facebook page. These posts include links to contact the NSAC regional clinic.

• Regional clinics may, if they choose, write research summaries, conduct and record interviews with researchers, and record self-help videos, all of which are posted on the NSAC website and distributed to the wider clinical community. Each of these include links to contact the NSAC regional clinic.

• Regional clinics receive a free plaque highlighting their NSAC affiliation after one year of membership.

NSAC regional clinics pay an entry fee of $150 upon joining, and annual membership dues of $150.

NSAC ASSOCIATES:  For those wishing to affiliate with NSAC but who do not want to serve on our Board of Directors, we have a membership category called NSAC associates. Like regional clinics, NSAC associates may be individual practitioners or larger clinics. Regardless of size, all of our associates follow the evidence-based protocols proven effective in social anxiety research.

To assure high-quality in all clinics affiliated with NSAC, our associates must be certified in cognitive-behavioral therapy by the Academy of Cognitive & Behavioral Therapies, the American Board of Professional Psychology, or the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Or, the associate must have part one of any of these certifications accepted and obtain full certification within one year of joining NSAC.

In addition, applicants to become associates must also submit a one-page CBT case conceptualization of someone with social anxiety, less than 800 words, describing: automatic thoughts; safety-seeking behaviors; underlying assumptions and core beliefs; vicious cycles; and treatment strategies. These case conceptualizations must be approved by the NSAC Co-Chairs and Recruitment Coordinator in order for the associate’s application to be accepted. Unlike regional clinics, candidates to become associates are not interviewed or voted on by the Board of Directors.

Associates receive a number of benefits through affiliation with NSAC:

• Associates receive a listing on the NSAC website of up to 100 words and one photo or logo, and links to an email address, website, and phone number. All NSAC associate listings will be included on a single, prominently featured page on our website.

• Regional clinics, including all their clinical staff, are also invited to attend any of the monthly peer consultation or quarterly clinical education sessions we conduct. Associates do not serve on the NSAC Board and do not attend Board business meetings.

• Associates receive referrals from other NSAC regional clinics and associates.

• Associates may, if they choose, write blog posts to appear on the social anxiety blog of the NSAC website and our Facebook page. These posts include links to contact the NSAC associate.

• Associates may, if they choose, write research summaries, conduct and record interviews with researchers, and record self-help videos, all of which are posted on the NSAC website and distributed to the wider clinical community. Each of these include links to contact the NSAC associate.

NSAC associates pay annual membership dues of $180 (averaging $15 per month). There is no additional entry fee or website listing fee.

PLEASE NOTE:  current NSAC regional clinics have the right to approve or disapprove of the application of a prospective additional regional clinic or associate located nearby.

CONSIDERING AFFILIATING WITH NSAC?  If you want to learn more about affiliating with NSAC as a regional clinic or as an associate, please contact our Recruitment Coordinator, Zach Pacha, LISW (NSAC Des Moines), at zpacha@iowaanxietycenter.com.


Some of the Board representatives of the National Social Anxiety Center’s regional clinics joining for dinner during the Anxiety and Depression Association of America conference in Washington, DC, April, 2018. Left to right: Suma Chand, PhD (NSAC St. Louis); Lauren Neaman, PsyD (NSAC Chicago); Noah Clyman, LCSW-R (NSAC New York City); John Montopoli, LMFT, LPCC (NSAC San Francisco); Randy Weiss, LCSW (NSAC Phoenix); Holly Scott, LPC (NSAC Dallas); Larry Cohen, LICSW (NSAC District of Columbia); Celeste Conlon, PhD (NSAC Houston / Sugar Land).