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Benefits of Membership

As a member of the premier psychotherapy association designed to assist psychotherapists, you will receive many benefits and services to help you and your patients.


Diplomate Designation (DAPA)

DiplomateDiplomate status (DAPA) is a prestigious designation that all psychotherapists should strive to attain. It is based on measurable skills, knowledge, experience, education, and training.

  • Diplomate status is only available to applicants who have achieved a minimum of a master‡s degree from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent in a psychotherapy related field.
  • All applicants must have a minimum of four years of professional psychotherapy experience.
  • Successful Applicants must possess and maintain an excellent professional portfolio and demonstrate extensive education, experience, knowledge, skill, and training.
  • Diplomates are strongly encouraged to complete a minimum of 15 continuing education credits per year to maintain their status.

Diplomate status through the American Psychotherapy Association is registered with the National Certification Commission and is a voluntary process that recognizes excellence in the profession of psychotherapy.

Applying for Diplomate status with the APA is easy. Simply complete a short application online and submit copies of your resume and supporting materials via fax or mail.

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For more information or for help with the application process please call toll free (800) 205-9165 or send an e-mail inquiry.


Fellow Designation (FAPA)

Fellow status (FAPA) is a distinctive honor that APA can bestow upon a member. In addition to meeting all of the requirements of a regular member, candidates for Fellow status must have completed all of the requirements listed below.

  • Be an APA member in good standing
  • Achieved Diplomate status (DAPA)
  • Held the Diplomate designation (DAPA) for a minimum of 3 years

A complete curriculum vitae, copy of state issued license(s), 3 letters of recommendation from professionals in your area of expertise, and 2 work products must be forwarded to APA via fax or mail to complete your application for Fellow status.  A one-time passage fee of $250 will apply.

For more information on how to become a Fellow, please call (800) 205-9165.

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National Conferences

  • Designed to increase your cutting–edge knowledge of the field through exclusive continuing education programs.
  • Establish the personal friendship and professional networking opportunities of our thousands of members.
  • Reduced continuing education and registration fees.


Exclusive low cost member insurance rates

  • Error and Omissions
  • Professional Liability
  • Life
  • Long-term Disability
  • Long-term Care
  • Annuities


Hertz Rentals

APA members can apply for rentals at Hertz.  Use code #1475097.  Visit or call 800-654-2210.


A subscription to the quarterly Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association

  • A quarterly, peer-reviewed journal (educational and informative) which provides you with continuing education credits through journal learning.


Online access to:

  • Members-only area
  • Annals CE journal articles and Online Courses


Our Find a Therapist Service

  • Provides you with the opportunity for more referrals


Guidance from our leadership

  • A national board of leading psychotherapists with the vision and commitment to help you grow


Member-only travel benefits

  • A state-of-the-art itinerary and pricing program
  • Car rental discounts through Avis


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