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Thank you for your interest in joining the Westchester County Psychological Association (WCPA).
TOP TEN REASONS TO BE A MEMBER OF WCPA
There are many reasons to join and continue your membership in The Westchester County Psychological Association. Here are the Top Ten Reasons:
1. Stay Informed: Members are kept informed about critical issues affecting psychologists such as HIPAA requirements, obtaining an NPI number and up-to-date material about local mental health hospitals. Information about the new CPT codes, DSM V and telehealth risk factors are forthcoming.
2. Active Communication with Members: The Westchester Psychologist is sent to all members, either electronically or in hard copy format. Members receive emails regarding workshops and meetings. WCPA has a website as well as a Facebook presence.
3. Networking Opportunities: Division workshops, meetings and social gatherings offer varied opportunities to connect with members. Through WCPA, members have developed collegial relationships, lifelong friendships, peer groups and business associations.
4. Informative Workshops and CE Credits: Workshops, book discussions, Division meetings and an amazing Annual meeting (featuring a Keynote Speaker and Distinguished Service Award) are held throughout the year. Our Educational Branch, WCPE, is approved by APA to offer CE credits for psychologists. We are one of the few county Psychological Associations with this capability.
5. Four Divisions Represented: WCPA offers membership in four Divisions – Clinical, School, Academic and the Division of Gender and Cultural Issues. All Divisions offer special workshops of interest to its members.
6. Referral Service Available: For just $25 a year, interested members can join WCPA’s Referral Service, which provides referral information to the community. We compile a list of NYS licensed psychologists with their specialties, along with information regarding insurance providers.
7. Special Services for Members: Members can participate in a Speaker’s Bureau, A Test Kit Library Service (which lends a wide range of test materials) and a Group Therapy Exchange (which is a county-wide listing of therapy groups run by psychologists, social workers and psychiatrists). WCPA also has a Representative for State Disaster Relief, which helps organize WCPA members in times of crisis in the community.
8. Listing of Members Achievements: WCPA maintains a listing of Members In Print on our website (which includes a brief description of a book, article or other published work). News About Members (including awards, presentations, publications and other professional achievements) are listed in The Westchester Psychologist as well as online.
9. Legal and Ethical Issues Addressed: WCPA’s Representative to NYSPA keeps the Board and its members informed about critical issues facing New York State psychologists. WCPA has an Ethics Committee, which provides information, education and referrals.
10. Student Members Get One Year Membership Free: In an effort to attract younger members, WCPA offers one year of free membership for graduate students. In 2012, all new members of WCPA received one free year of membership in NYSPA. NYSPA will decide if this policy will continue in 2013.
The information provided below delineates the various classes and requirements for members in the Association.
Association consists of two classes of membership:
Full Membership and Associate Membership
2) Persons applying for any class of membership shall:
subscribe to the purposes of the Association
maintain ethical standards or professional conduct set forth by the American Psychological Association and the New York State Psychological Association
live, work, or be matriculated in an educational program in Westchester County
3) Full Membership
Psychologists applying for Full Membership status must have completed a terminal degree in the field of psychology (e.g., M.A., Ph.D., Psy.D.).
Regular Members of Fellows of the American Psychological Association of Regular Members of the New York State Psychological Association or Psychologists licensed under Article 153 of the Education Law of New York State as amended or School Psychologists certified under Article 143 shall qualify for Full Membership status.
4) Associate Membership
Psychologists applying for Associate Membership status shall have/be in the process of working toward a graduate degree in psychology, and/or have completed a Master’s degree in psychology and/or be engaged in work that is psychological in nature.
Undergraduate psychology majors may be admitted as Associate Members, upon approval by the Board of Directors.
Associate Members shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges of membership in the Association except for the right to vote and hold elected office.
Associate Members must be endorsed by one Full Member of the Association, or by one supervisor or psychology department faculty member of the institute or university where they are registered or employed.
5) To Become a Member of the Association
Persons eligible for membership may be elected to and become members of the Association upon fulfilling the following requirements:
They must submit an application for membership, which shall include a statement of the applicant’s professional qualifications. This application shall be reviewed by the Membership Committee. If the requirements are met, the Committee will recommend that the Board of Directors approve membership at its next meeting.
After approval by the Board of Directors, the annual dues must be paid. Current annual dues are $65.00 for Full Members and $35.00 for Associate Members. Note: Your dues should not be included with your application. You will be notified of the Board's decision and then billed for your dues.
6) Waiver of Membership Requirements
The requirements set forth for election to Full Member or Associate Member status may be waived in special cases by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors at a regular Board of Directors meeting. Notwithstanding the waiver of normal membership requirements, the applicant shall subscribe to the purposes of the Association and maintain the ethical standards of professional conduct set forth by the American Psychological Association. Members elected in this manner shall have the status and privileges of the membership class to which they are elected. They shall be required to pay membership dues unless this is explicitly waived by vote of the Board of Directors.
note: The WCPA operates on a fiscal year (May 1
through April 30). The Board of Directors meet
every third Wednesday in alternate months beginning in
September; the last meeting is held in May.