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Division Membership

Welcome to Div. 31, APA's division of State, Provincial and Territorial Psychological Association Affairs (SPTA). We look forward to your active participation in our division through our committees and task forces. The purpose of Div. 31 is to advocate for and to advance the affairs of each SPTA in their involvement with APA.

  • Div. 31 is the national voice of SPTAs on APA Council.

  • Div. 31 also facilitates communication among SPTAs, their staffs and their members; and promotes and recognizes the activities of individual SPTAs and their representatives.

  • Div. 31 is one of several ways SPTA leaders can network with each other, which has value for those seeking to understand their roles and how to be successful in their SPTAs.

  • Div. 31 is a vital resource for those seeking to understand how to move from state leadership to leadership within APA, and as SPTA leaders, Div. 31 is an ideal portal to APA fellow status.

Many of you will catch the leadership bug in your SPTA and want to carry that forward to other levels within APA. Please visit our website for additional information, resources, and benefits of membership. Thank you.

The purpose of Div. 31 is to advocate for and advance the affairs of each SPTA in their involvement with APA, and promote and recognize the activities of individual SPTAs and their members.

Membership Opportunities

  • Be informed and involved in the advocacy activities (e.g., licensure mobility, prescriptive authority) of states.

  • Obtain mentorship and opportunities for entry into APA governance.

  • Become familiar with APA governance and its structure.

  • Learn about the professional and public education activities of states.

  • Work with SPTAs to advance the profession and to promote the highest standards of ethics.

  • Membership also includes three issues of the Bulletin of Div. 31.

  • Access to the division’s Listserv®, which allows you to network with members and discuss issues of concern to students.

  • Involvement in workshops regarding Graduate Student Psychological Association development and practice.

Membership Benefits, Resources and Services

  • A guidebook for getting involved in APA governance activities.

  • An abridged version of Keesey’s parliamentary procedures.

  • Division mentoring program.

  • Advocacy alerts as well as notes about what other psychological associations are doing throughout the states, provinces and territories.

Future Membership Projects

  • A primer for psychological association officers.

  • A handbook on how to create a diversity program in psychological associations.

  • A clearinghouse type resource for innovative programs that psychological associations would like to share with us all.

In addition, initiatives concerning licensing board issues will also be coming down the pike. Please contact us if you have any further ideas about these projects or other projects that you would like Div. 31 to explore.

Additional benefits of Div. 31 include our fellowship and awards programs. Div. 31 is the best division to apply for APA fellowship status for all of you who have worked so hard on state, provincial and territorial issues. I encourage all of you to apply for fellowship status.

Levels of Membership

There are three types of division memberships to choose from.

1) Members
  • Members in good standing in APA

  • Members of state/provincial psychological associations affiliated with APA

2) SPTA Professional Staff Members
  • Professional staff of state/provincial psychological associations

3) Affiliates
  • Fellow, member, associate or affiliate of state/provincial psychological association

  • State, Provincial & Territorial Psychological Associations (Voting members)

  • No APA membership

  • Affiliates are non-voting and ineligible to hold office 

Membership Fees

  • Member:  $47

  • SPTA Professional Staff:  $47

  • Students:  No membership cost

  • Early Career Psychologists:  $25 (Contact Connie Paul for more information.)

  • Psychological Associations:  Annual dues based on size of SPTA

Apply Online

Div. 31 now processes membership applications electronically.

Last updated: March 2022Date created: June 2011

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