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Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association, DAPA

Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association, DAPA, is a prestigious designation that all psychotherapists should strive to attain. It is based on measurable skills, knowledge, experience, education, and training.

  • Must be a member of the American Psychotherapy Association in good standing for at least 2 years.
  • Must hold a certification within the American Psychotherapy Association.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 continuing education credits every 3 years.
  • Successfull aaplicants must possess and maintain an excellent professional portfolio and demonstrate extensive education, experience, knowledge, skill, and training.
  • Have no felony conviction or ethical violations in the last ten (10) years, as well as not be inder investigation by any legal or licensing board.

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 American Psychotherapy Association is easy. Simply complete a short application online and submit copies of your resume and supporting materials via fax or mail.

*Applicants who have obtained their education outside of the United States and its territories must have their highest academic degree(s) validated as equivalent to a Master’s or Doctorate degree conferred by an accredited college or university in the United States.

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


   Apply for Diplomate Status Online

   Download the Diplomate Application