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I need to find and contact a mental health expert in my area. Can I do that through APA’s website?

Yes. By visiting APA’s Therapist Locator, you may search for APA members by specialty and state.

I need to verify membership and information on one of your members. How can I get this information?

In order to release information on any of our members, we require written verifications containing the signature of the person of which you are requesting information. You can send verification request to our association by sending a fax to (417) 823-9959 or by mail.

Where can I find information about advertising in Annals of The American Psychotherapy Association?

To find information about advertising in Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association, visit APA’s Advertising page.


New Membership

Who can become a member of APA?

Anyone who is interested in psychotherapy may join the association to have access to APA’s peer-reviewed publication and APA’s conferences and other continuing education opportunities. For example, APA offers a special membership for full-time students so that they can join and learn more about the exciting fields of psychotherapy.

Are members “certified” by APA?

No, becoming a member of APA does not include certification. However, APA offers qualified professionals several certification programs.

What do I get with my APA membership?

With your APA membership you will receive discounts on APA National Conferences, a free subscription Annals (peer-reviewed journal of APA), attractive members-only insurance packages, access to continuing education credits, and guidance from our Executive Advisory Board Members.

Will APA sell or share my personal information with third parties?

No. The privacy of our members is extremely important to us. All of the personal information sent to us is kept confidential.

Does APA verify the credentials of members?

Yes, the credential verification process is as follows:

Applicants for general membership in APA must provide documentation of their degrees, licenses, and qualifications. These applicants must also provide their signature confirming that the information they provide to APA in their applications is complete, accurate, and up-to-date. These general membership applications are reviewed when they are received. In this review process, an applicant’s degrees are confirmed for legitimacy whenever possible and his or her professional licenses are confirmed with that individual’s particular state licensing board.

How long does the APA application and certification process take?

The application and certification process usually takes 3-5 weeks after we receive all requested documentations.


Existing Membership

Can I check my membership status online?

Yes, the Members Only section will show your renewal date after you log in.

How can I update my contact information?

If you have moved, changed jobs, have a new area code, new email address, or simply want to confirm what contact information we have on file, you may call member services or the accounting department, 8:00am – 5:00pm CST toll free at (800) 205-9165, send a fax with your updated information to 417-823-9959, or update online by visiting the Modify Account page in the Members Only Area.

Whom should I call to confirm that my dues payment was received?

For questions regarding your membership dues, you may call the accounting department, 8:00am – 5:00pm CST toll free at (800) 205-9165.   A second renewal notice may cross in the mail with your payment; simply disregard this notice. You may also check your membership status online to verify a payment was received by visiting the Members Only Area.

I let my membership lapse, what do I have to do to reactivate my membership?

At APA, we offer an amnesty program to welcome back inactive members. Simply pay your annual dues plus an additional $25 to waive the past year’s dues. If your membership has been lapsed for 2 or more years, we request you also send in a current resume.

Can I contact other APA members in my field or in a different field?

Yes. By visiting APA’s Therapist Locator, you may search for APA members by specialty and state.

Can potential clients and other members find and contact me?

The American Psychotherapy Association has recently updated its website.  On the new website, the National Locator Service has been changed to the Find A Therapist section.  Please visit this section and update your information for referrals.  To access the "Find A Therapist" section, visit our website, and choose "Member Area" from the Home page. This will take you to the Members ID and Password page.  Your Member ID # is your APA member ID #, and your last name is your password unless you have recently changed it.  Diplomates may choose two specialty headings at no charge. Once you enter the members area, choose the heading of "Therapist Details". This will pull up your page with your photo and professional details.  Add in the additional information you want listed.  To do this, choose "Modify Details" (located under Options below your photo).  This will allow you to input your additional information.  You can also update your membership information from the Members Area, renew your dues, change your password and change e-mail options.  If you have any questions, please call 800-205-9165.

Is there anyway I can communicate with all of the members of APA?

Yes. APA has a forum in the Members-Only Area where you can read other members’ comments and post comments of your own.

When is the next APA National Conference?

The next APA National Conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, on September 22-23, 2006. For detailed information, visit APA’s Conference page.


Annals of The American Psychotherapy Association

What kind of writing does Annals of The American Psychotherapy Association accept?

Annals is always accepting manuscripts, case studies, columns, and other content for consideration. Annals is currently seeking manuscript submissions written on any psychotherapy-related topics, such as therapeutic techniques, psychological problems encountered in therapy, and research reviews. The main focus of Annals in the year 2005 will be on practice management, and our goal is to provide the tools and information you need to build or maintain a thriving psychotherapy practice. You are strongly encouraged to submit manuscripts written on practice management topics to be featured in these issues!

Who can submit writing to Annals of The American Psychotherapy Association?

Anyone with mental health-related experience can submit writing for consideration in Annals. Even if you have never published before and have little writing experience, the Editorial Department of Annals can help you create an article you will be proud to share with your peers! Publishing articles in our prestigious peer-reviewed journal can bring many professional benefits and recognition to your career, so take advantage of this exclusive opportunity and submit your work today. View Annals submission guidelines.

How do I submit my writing to Annals of The American Psychotherapy Association?

Whether you wish to submit an article for peer review, a case study, a column, or any other content, view Annals submission guidelines and send your writing electronically (either in the body or an e-mail or as attachment) to . Or, send in your writing on a disk or CD to Editor, Association Headquarters, 2750 E. Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65804.

The CE articles in Annals of The American Psychotherapy Association are peer reviewed. How does the peer review process work?

Each manuscript submitted for consideration to Annalsis sent out to three members of the AnnalsEditorial Advisory Board, which is made up of over 40 mental health experts. In order for a manuscript to be considered for publication in Annals, it must be accepted by at least two of its three reviewers. The peer review process is a double-blind process. This means reviewers do not know who the authors are, and authors do not know who the reviewers are.

How can I find an article from an old issue of Annals of The American Psychotherapy Association?

You can find and view all AnnalsCE articles from the past 3 years online for free by visiting Annals CE articles Online.

To retrieve columns or older articles featured in Annals, send an email to containing the following information: the issue containing the article/column you are requesting, the author of the article/column, the title of the article/column, and your contact information (name, phone number, fax number, physical address). Once the article/column you requested is located, you will be contacted and asked if you would like to receive the article/column by email as a .pdf ($10 fee), fax ($10 fee), or by mail ($12 fee) and for your payment information.



Whom should I call if I haven’t received a renewal invoice?

To request a renewal invoice, you may call the Accounting Department, 8:00am – 5:00pm CST toll free at (800) 205-9165.

Can I renew by telephone?

Yes, you may find out what your dues are and pay by telephone with credit card. Simply call member services or the accounting department, 8:00am – 5:00pm CST toll free at (800) 205-9165.

Can I renew by fax?

Yes, you may fax the completed renewal form with credit card payment information to 417-823-9959 to the attention of the accounting department.

Can I renew online?

Yes, you may renew your membership dues online by simply filling out a membership renewal application.



Who can be certified by APA?

Only qualified professionals who meet APA’s stringent educational and professional requirements can apply for certification through APA. Once a professional meets these standards, he or she must then pass the appropriate exam or exams before he or she can earn certification. For the specific requirements of each of APA’s certifications, please click the program you are interested in:

  • The Certified Relationship Specialist, CRS, program
  • The Master Therapist program
  • APA’s Diplomate program (DAPA)
  • APA’s Fellow program (FAPA)

After I apply for Diplomate status with APA, what will I need to submit to complete the application process?

To become a certified (Diplomate) member of APA, you must provide the signed application and include the telephone numbers and names of two professional references, a copy of your resume, a copy of your master's degree, and a copy of any professional license(s) you may hold (or have held in the past).

Once a member is certified, what must he or she do to maintain the certification?

APA places a high priority on continuing education, and once a member is certified by APA, either through the successful completion of one of our certification programs or the Diplomate program, he or she must maintain membership in APA and complete a minimum of 15 hours of related continuing education per year to maintain the certification. APA offers appropriate professional continuing education opportunities through its national and regional conferences and though journal learning articles in its peer-reviewed publication Annals of American Psychotherapy Association. APA also accepts appropriate continuing education from other equivalent organizations.

Is APA recognized by any other associations or certifying organizations?

A number of outside organizations and certifying bodies recognize APA's continuing education offerings, which are jointly sponsored by the American College of Forensic Examiners International (ACFEI), APA's sister organization. ACFEI maintains responsibility and accreditations for APA's continuing education offerings.

  • The American Psychological Association: ACFEI is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing professional education for psychologists. ACFEI maintains responsibility for the program.
  • The National Board for Certified Counselors : ACFEI is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for National Certified Counselors,MFTs, and LCSWs. We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines. Provider #5812.
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences : ACFEI is an approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to provide continuing professional education, approval PCE 1896.
  • The Association of Social Work Boards : ACFEI, provider number 1052, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.   ACFEI maintains responsibility for the program.   Licensed social workers should contact their individual board to review continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

ACFEI maintains responsibility for APA’s continuing professional education programs, and every year they submit activity lists to each of their accrediting bodies to verify that they are following their approved provider guidelines. ACFEI is also required to periodically reapply for accreditation through each of these organizations or bodies.


Continuing Education Credits

How many continuing education credits do I have to submit each year?

Each certified member needs to submit a minimum of 15 CEs per calendar year.

When does my CE requirement begin?

The CE requirement begins on January 1 of the calendar year immediately following the year of certification.  Refer to the Certification certificate for the date of certification.  The actual act of certification supplies the necessary CE for that calendar year.

How much time do I have to submit my CE?

The CE reporting period runs from January 1 to December 31.  The first 15 CEs submitted during that period will be applied to the current calendar year. Any excess will be banked ahead to future years.

What ways can I get CEs through APA?

APA offers a variety of avenues for acquiring CE credits.  You can receive CE credits by reading articles in our peer-reviewed publication Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association and completing accompanying quizzes. The same articles and quizzes are also available online.  CE credits are also given for attendance at our conferences, teaching courses or workshops, or authoring an article or column for Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association.

Can I earn CEs from outside sources?

Yes, APA’s CE department also accepts CE awarded by equivalent outside sponsors for review.  To obtain credit, submit a certificate of completion that clearly shows the sponsoring agency’s name, title of the workshop/course, date of the event, and # of CEUs or contact hours awarded. Send this information to the APA CE department via fax (417) 823-9959 or mail (2750 E. Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65804).  APA honors outside CE submitted on a ce to ce basis.  Outside CE submitted with a number of contact hours are honored at the contact hours minus 1 hour for lunch and breaks.

How many CEs can I earn when I teach a course or workshop, give a speech, or sit on a panel?

For each course/workshop taught for an equivalent organization, panel you sit on, or speech you give related to mental health, you are awarded 3 CEs.  For every course/workshop related to mental health taught at the college or university level, you receive 5 CEs.

How do I submit my CE to APA for each year?

You may choose to submit CE as you get it throughout the year or wait and submit all 15 at once at the end of the year.  Regardless, please use one of the CE Reporting Forms to tally your total CE points.  All outside CE is subject to review.

What happens if I submit more than 15 CE in one year?

Although you are only expected to submit 15 total CE each year, you can choose to submit more than 15 CE. CE in excess of 15 is applied to future calendar years.


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