Why was the American Psychotherapy Association formed?

The American Psychotherapy Association (APA): was formed to provide credentialing, standards of practice, professional identity, and self-regulation for the psychotherapy profession.

The American Psychotherapy Association is concerned with establishing Diplomate Status guidelines, promoting education and training, confirming the professional identity of the members, educating the public about the benefits of psychotherapy and providing networking and resource development. Additionally the Association is committed to serve as a voice for psychotherapists to the public, to managed care organizations and to the government as it seeks a national health policy.

The purpose is to establish a cohesive national organization that credentials ethical, highly-educated and well-trained psychotherapists. The APA is also a vehicle with which to associate with one another with the common goal of maintaining a tradition which is of great value to individuals and society as a whole.

The American Psychotherapy Association was formed because the psychotherapeutic process has been devalued in recent years by insurance companies, the court system and other professional membership associations. The association promotes psychotherapy and psychotherapists committed to the practice of the profession. The APA encourages individual professional growth and works to elevate professional standards.

The organization was developed to bring together psychotherapists from a variety of disciplines to come together to provide a reliable, credible forum for ethical and professional standards for psychotherapists. No such organization existed prior to the formation of The American Psychotherapy Association.

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