The APA Practice Organization, 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 Practice Organization collaborates closely with state, provincial and territorial psychological associations to pursue a wide range of advocacy efforts on behalf of practicing psychologists. 

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

A report of the Practice Organization’s 2015 accomplishments and 2016 priorities (PDF, 1.61MB) was prepared in February 2016. It highlights Practice Organization successes in areas of advocacy, member resource development, news coverage and collaboration with state, provincial and territorial psychological associations.

Paying your Practice Organization membership dues

If you are a licensed psychologist and want to join APA for the first time and pay the Practice Organization 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 Practice Organization dues payments in the financial system.

If you have already renewed your current-year APA membership but have not paid your APA Practice Organization's 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 Practice Organization 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 Practice Organization 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 Practice Organization membership dues does not affect membership in APA.

Practice Organization Priorities

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

The Practice Organization's advocacy priorities and accomplishments include:

  • Challenging reimbursement rate cuts.
  • Taking action against managed care and insurance company abuses.
  • Advocating for practitioners’ interests in health care reform.
  • Affirming the doctoral standard for entry into the profession and expanding marketplace opportunities for practitioners.
  • Confronting assaults on scope of practice.
  • Fostering political action for psychology.
  • Advocating for higher rates and expansion in Medicaid.
Member Benefits

Members who pay the Practice Organization 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.

  • ICD-10-CM Web application to help Practice Organization members transition smoothly to this updated coding system.

  • Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Registry. This service is designed to make quality reporting easier for psychologists who are Medicare providers and want to participate in the PQRS program.

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

  • Guide to Medicare for Psychologists. This online toolkit provides useful information on enrollment, billing and payment for services for members who are Medicare providers or thinking about becoming Medicare providers.

  • 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).