The mission of the APA Practice Organization (APAPO) is to advance and protect the practice of psychology. APAPO, a legally separate companion organization to the American Psychological Association (APA), promotes the professional interests of psychologists in a wide variety of practice settings.
Established as a 501(c)(6) organization under Internal Revenue Service rules, the APA Practice Organization is able to advocate free of Internal Revenue Service restrictions that apply to activities of a 501(c)(3) organization like APA. The creation of APAPO has fostered new and expanded activities to support the psychology practice community. The Board of Directors of APAPO is composed of the same individuals who serve on the Board of Directors of APA.
Paying your Practice Assessment
If you are a licensed Psychologist and want to join APA for the first time and pay the APAPO Practice Assessment, please call the Membership Department Toll Free at 1-800-374-2721. Note that it typically takes 2-3 weeks to review APA membership applications and to post APA dues and APAPO Practice Assessment payments in the financial system.
If you have already renewed your current-year APA membership but have not paid your APAPO Practice Assessment, 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 1-800-374-2721.
If you have not renewed your current-year APA membership, you can renew your APA membership and pay your APAPO Practice Assessment at the same time online. Your payment will be posted in the financial system within 1-3 business days.
Please carefully note that APA membership and APAPO Practice Assessment discounts depend on posting of your payment in the financial system. Please allow approximately 5 business days for payments made by phone. Payments made online are posted within 1-3 business days.
Problems? Contact the membership department toll free at 1-800-374-2721.
Nonpayment of the Practice Assessment does not affect membership in APA.
Practice Assessment provides many benefits
The APA Practice Organization’s services, products and other activities are funded by Practice Assessment payors — 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
Members who pay the Practice Assessment receive additional benefits, including:
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 continuing education courses, including compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules, Starting Your Practice, and many more
Access to premium secured content at this Practice Central website on topics such as how to use billing codes, resolving issues with insurance and managed care companies, strategies for marketing your practice, and much more