The APA Practice Organization (APAPO), a legally separate companion organization to APA, advances and protects the professional and economic interests of practicing psychologists in a variety of practice settings. The APA Practice Organization collaborates closely with state, provincial and territorial psychological associations to pursue a wide range of advocacy efforts on behalf of practicing psychologists. 

APAPO advocates with legislators and other policy makers, the courts, health insurers and other purchasers of services, and helps members with their professional needs.  Established as a 501(c)(6) organization under Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules, APAPO is able to advocate solely for practicing psychologists free of IRS restrictions that apply to activities of a 501(c)(3) organization like APA. 

The APA Practice Directorate and APA Practice Organization jointly sponsor the State Leadership Conference, a major annual practice advocacy and leadership conference.

Paying your APAPO membership dues

If you are a licensed Psychologist and want to join APA for the first time and pay the APAPO membership dues (formerly the Practice Assessment), please call the Membership Department Toll Free at (800) 374-2721. Note that it typically takes two to three weeks to review APA membership applications and to post APA dues and APAPO dues payments in the financial system.

If you have already renewed your current-year APA membership but have not paid your APAPO membership dues, you can do so by phone; online payment is not available if you have already paid your APA dues. Contact the Membership Department Toll Free at (800) 374-2721.

If you have not renewed your current-year APA membership, you can renew your APA membership and pay your APAPO membership dues at the same time online. Your payment will be posted in the financial system within one to three business days.

Please note that APA membership and APAPO membership dues discounts depend on posting of your payment in the financial system.  Please allow approximately five business days for payments made by phone. Payments made online are posted within one to three business days.

Problems? Contact the membership department toll free at (800) 374-2721.

Nonpayment of the APAPO membership dues does not affect membership in APA.

APAPO Priorities

The APA Practice Organization’s services, products and other activities are funded by Practice Assessment payers — psychologists who provide health or mental health services and who are licensed by state or provincial psychology licensing boards.

Several of APAPO’s advocacy priorities and accomplishments include:

  • Gaining federal laws such as full mental health parity that support professional psychology and consumers of psychological services.

  • Advancing and protecting reimbursement for psychological services, such as through creation of the health and behavior codes and by achieving Medicare psychotherapy payment restoration in the 2010 health care reform law.

  • Supporting successful class action lawsuits against harmful practices and policies of managed care organizations.

  • Protecting the doctoral degree as the standard for psychologist licensure and expanding marketplace opportunities for practitioners.

Member Benefits

Members who pay the APAPO membership dues receive additional benefits, including:

  • The award-winning Good Practice magazine and the PracticeUpdate e-newsletter filled with timely, practical information tailored to professional psychology.

  • Unlimited access to restricted content on the Practice Central website about billing and coding, financial management and much more. 

  • Expedited access to staff expertise on practice-related legal and regulatory issues.

  • Free listing in the Psychologist Locator, a searchable database of practitioners that connects individuals seeking psychological services with licensed psychologists.

  • Substantial discounts on APAPO's HIPAA Compliance products. These products offer step-by-step, comprehensive guidance and tools to help you comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).