The Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS) was the first professional organization to forge a partnership with Applied Worldwide. In the late Fall of 2019, we were lucky enough to work with the association’s immediate past president, Gary David, and current president, Karen Albright, to collect profile interview of their members. Those profile interviews became the valuable content that kickstarted our Profiles in Applied & Clinical Sociology series.
The Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology
AACS is a non-profit, professional organization with a mission to promote the application of social scientific knowledge and methods to develop constructive solutions. Within their network, they offer educational, programmatic, mentoring, networking, and policy resources in a supportive professional community. Their vision is to be a resource promoting integrative approaches and systems perspectives for analyzing complex problems and developing creative, practical solutions.
As a member of AACS, you have full access to all live and recorded virtual conference activities along with professional development videos such as “Crafting your Sociological Brand” and “Program Evaluation 101.” AACS members also receive a subscription to the Journal of Applied Social Science, the organization’s official peer-reviewed journal. Their members-only website, aacsmembers.net, is also a wonderful resource full of mentorship and professional development opportunities for AACS members.
AACS hosts their annual conference in the US in the Fall, typically during the month of October. For the past two years (2020 and 2021) the organization held their annual conference virtually via their members-only site. Perhaps the most unique-to-AACS experience you will find at their annual conference is the Client Problem Solving Competition (CPSC). The CPSC is a student team competition in which a representative from a community organization in the area where the conference is held presents a problem for students to solve.
Over the weekend, student teams apply their sociological skills to evaluate the problem and present a solution to the client. After student teams present their solution to the client, AACS awards one team the winner of the competition.
To learn more about becoming a member of AACS, you can visit their website aacsnet.net.