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Arts Associations

Organizations whose members are individual professionals or agencies associated with the arts who have affiliated for the purpose of fostering knowledge about and appreciation of artistic expression within their particular field, establishing standards of excellence, recognizing outstanding contributions, promoting career development, and otherwise supporting the interests of members. Members may include individual professionals (e.g., artists, singers, instrumentalists, actors, dance professionals, mime artists, conductors); organizations representative of the visual or performing arts or other arts fields (e.g., dance or theatre troupes, symphony orchestras, art museums, choral groups), or dealers, collectors, producers, distributors, arts facility managers or others working in the arts field or who are patrons of the arts.

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Athletic Associations

Organizations that are responsible for regulating, coordinating and promoting athletic programs for children, youth and/or adults at the local, provincial, regional, national or international levels. The associations may focus on a particular sport (e.g., football, figure skating), may pertain to programs within particular types of institutions (e.g., high schools, colleges and universities), may focus on professional sports or may be structured to meet the needs of individual professionals associated with athletic programs (e.g., coaches, officials, sports writers).

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Business Associations

Organizations whose members are business people, either operating their own companies or employed in organizations, who have affiliated for the purpose of promoting the general commercial interests of the community or the interests of their own trade.

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Child Care Provider Associations

Organizations whose members are child care providers who have affiliated for the purpose of advancing the profession; promoting mutual interests; attending child care conferences; exchanging ideas with other practitioners in their field; obtaining access to technical assistance, information about best practices and other resources; and taking advantage of other opportunities for continuing professional development.

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Criminal Justice Associations

Organizations whose members are police officers, sheriffs, constables, marshals, probation officers, corrections workers, court-appointed special advocates, victim/witness advocates or other law enforcement professionals who have affiliated for the purpose of promoting mutual interests; interacting with their peers; and participating in professional development activities such as law enforcement conferences, seminars and issues forums.

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Disability Associations

Organizations whose members are individuals who work in the disability field and have affiliated for the purpose of promoting mutual interests, participating in education and training conferences, interacting with other professionals and taking advantage of other opportunities for personal and professional development. Many disability associations also include individuals with disabilities and their families in their membership. Disability associations may also advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and their caregivers; promote legislation that funds research and services for this population; and provide information for members and the general public. Included are associations that focus on a specific disability such as autism or brain injuries; and those that address a broad range of disability issues.

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Education Associations

Organizations whose members are academics who represent a particular discipline or teachers, administrators, school psychologists or other educational personnel who have affiliated for the purpose of continuing professional development through articles in journals and other publications, participation in professional conferences and other informal educational opportunities. These organizations may deal with complaints about members and may also provide assistance for members who are having difficulty with their employers.

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Farm Associations

Granges, farm bureaus and other organizations whose members are individuals who cultivate the land or raise livestock to earn their living who have affiliated for the purpose of developing purchasing or marketing cooperatives, supporting the passage and enforcement of laws and other social measures that protect farmers and their farming enterprises, ensuring that farmland, in general, is preserved for farming purposes rather than freed for development, or engaging in other activities that are designed to promote their interests and ensure their livelihood.

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Information and Referral Associations

Organizations, which may be international, national or regional in scope, whose members are information and referral programs and individual professionals in the field who have affiliated for the purpose of advancing the field, promoting mutual interests, participating in conferences, networking with their peers, subscribing to journals and other publications, and taking advantage of other opportunities for continuing professional development. Information and referral associations may also offer certification and accreditation programs, on-line training opportunities, access to professional tools and samples of best practices, and other resources that strengthen the ability of member individuals and organizations to serve their communities.

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Labour Organizations

Organizations whose members are employees who have affiliated for the purpose of engaging in collective bargaining with management in order to secure more favourable wages, hours, grievance procedures and other terms or conditions of employment.

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Legal Associations

Organizations whose members are lawyers, judges or other legal professionals who have affiliated for the purpose of promoting mutual interests, participating in legal seminars and conferences, networking with their peers, subscribing to legal journals and other publications, and taking advantage of other opportunities for professional development. Many legal associations offer assistance to members who have management or financial problems that relate to their practices, set standards which relate to the qualifications and performance of members, accept and investigate complaints from the public regarding the practices of members and maintain lawyer referral services through which citizens who require legal assistance are referred to member attorneys.

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Medical Associations

Organizations whose members are doctors, dentists, nurses, chiropractors or other medical professionals who have affiliated for the purpose of promoting mutual interests and participating in medical seminars and conferences, subscribing to medical journals and taking advantage of other opportunities for professional development. Many medical associations set standards which relate to the qualifications and performance of members, accept and investigate complaints from the public regarding the practices of members and maintain referral services through which residents who require medical assistance are referred to members.

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Mental Health Practitioner Associations

Organizations whose members are hypnotists, therapists or other mental health professionals who have affiliated for the purpose of promoting mutual interests, participating in mental health seminars and conferences, networking with their peers, subscribing to mental health journals and other publications, and taking advantage of other opportunities for continuing professional development. Many mental health associations set standards which relate to the qualifications and performance of members, may accept and investigate complaints from the public regarding the practices of members, may assist members who are having difficulty with their employers, may maintain referral services through which residents who require counselling are referred to members, and may act as advocates for the recipients of their services and for desired social change.

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Sales and Marketing Professional Associations

Organizations whose members are sales managers, sales agents, sales representatives, marketing or advertising specialists, promoters, auctioneers and others who are involved in the sales of commodities or services who have affiliated for the purpose of promoting mutual interests, participating in educational seminars and conferences, networking with their peers, receiving newsletters and other publications and taking advantage of other opportunities for professional development. Sales associations may develop standards for the field, offer certification and recognition programs, maintain a job bank, provide access to business tools or offer other resources that help members advance in their careers.

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Science and Mathematics Associations

Organizations whose members are individuals whose occupations are concerned with the life sciences, mathematics and statistics, the physical sciences or the social sciences who have affiliated for the purpose of promoting mutual interests, participating in professional seminars and conferences, networking with their peers, subscribing to journals and other publications in their field, and taking advantage of other opportunities for continuing professional development.

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Volunteer Administration Associations

Organizations whose members are volunteer centres or individuals working in the field of volunteer resources management who have affiliated for the purpose of promoting mutual interests, participating in professional conferences, subscribing to journals and taking advantage of other opportunities for continuing professional development. Some volunteer management associations develop standards for the field, offer credentialing programs, develop and disseminate publications, support research, share statistics, provide opportunities for networking, maintain a job bank and offer other resources that advance volunteering in communities, strengthen the profession and help members become more effective in their roles and relationships.

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The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.