The Alabama Psychological Association (aPA) was founded in 1950 for the advancement of psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare. aPA represents the diversity of psychology in its scientific, academic, research, and applied aspects. Through aPA, members work to promote research in psychology, the highest standards of quality and usefulness of applied psychology, and the dissemination of psychology to others in the interest of promoting human welfare. These goals are accomplished through annual conventions, sponsored workshops, liaison to governmental agencies and bodies, liaison to American Psychological Association, a peer review program, continuing education opportunities, community activities and student research awards.
As a member of aPA, you are entitled to join with psychologists active in shaping the process of psychology within the state of Alabama. As a member, you may vote, serve on committees, hold office, and participate in all aPA sponsored activities at reduced rates. You will receive the aPA Newsletter, and all other member-oriented mailings. You will be supporting aPA’s efforts to represent psychology before the State Legislature, and to represent psychology in Alabama at the national level.
The membership of the Association consists of the following classifications:
1. MEMBERS of the Association shall have full voting and office-holding privileges in the
Association, its Divisions, and any other subunits. To be eligible for Member status, an individuals shall either: (a) hold an earned doctoral degree from a department of psychology* in a regionally accredited university, college or professional school, and be engaged in study or work primarily psychological in nature; or (b) be licensed by the State Board of Examiners in Psychology to practice psychology in Alabama. No individual shall be eligible for Member status who is, or becomes, licensed/certified in another healthcare profession, unless he/she is also licensed as a psychologist.
There are two categories into which MEMBERS may fall. (A) PRACTITIONER (any psychologist who meets the criteria of (a) or (b) above and who provides direct psychological services to individuals, groups, or corporations in any part of his/her practice of professional psychology); and (B) NON-PRACTITIONER (any psychologist who meets the criteria of (a) or (b) above and who does not provide direct psychological services in his/her practice of professional psychology.
2. ASSOCIATES of the Association may serve on any committee except the Ethics Committee, but may not have voting privileges. To be eligible for Associate status, an individual shall have (a) received a Masters Degree from a department of psychology* in a regionally accredited university, college, or professional school. In addition, the applicant must have completed one full year of professional work in psychology and be devoting full-time to work or graduate study that is primarily psychological in nature; or (b) completed two years’ graduate work toward a doctoral degree in a department of psychology* at a regionally accredited university, college, or professional school, and be devoting full time to graduate study that is primarily psychological in nature.
3. AFFILIATES of the Association may serve on any committee, except the Ethics Committee, but shall not have voting or office-holding privileges. To be eligible for Affiliate status, an individual shall either: (a) be enrolled as an Undergraduate or Graduate student majoring in psychology in a department of psychology* at a regionally accredited university, college, or professional school, and not meet the requirements for Association; or (b) be interested in promoting the science and professional psychology in Alabama and be recommended by the Executive Council of the Alabama Psychological Association.
4. CORPORATE SPONSORS - for information on this category, please contact aPA at 1/800/527-7924.
*The term "department of psychology” shall qualify as such only if the word "psychology” appears formally in its title, e.g., Department of Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology, etc.
APPLICATION AND NOMINATION
New membership applications are reviewed by the Membership Committee Chairperson, who submits them to the Executive Council for approval. Approval of application usually occurs within 4 weeks.