Benefits of Joining WPA

Why should a psychologist join the Wisconsin Psychological Association?  What do you get out of your membership? 

These are questions that might come up when the dues statement arrives or you receive that initial application form.  So here are a few of the many good reasons why you might want to join -- and why your membership is valuable to you and to others as well.

WPA protects your interests.  First, the Wisconsin Psychological Association represents the interests of psychologists living in our state and the clients we serve.  Most laws regulating practice, from initial licensing to scope of practice, are state statutes. In Wisconsin, WPA has a long history of advocating on behalf of psychology and monitoring changes in laws that may affect the practice of psychology. Without WPA involvement through the years, the rights of psychologists and the opportunities to practice our profession would likely be very different in our state. WPA promotes and advocates for legislation that is favorable to the profession and beneficial to our clients and speaks against legislation that is likely to have a negative effect on our work.

WPA members get discounts on CE events. WPA provides high quality continuing education activities.  Through our annual convention and other CE events, WPA provides an array of learning opportunities that enhance our professional knowledge and offer the CE credits required to maintain state licensure.  Members receive substantial discounts on the cost of our convention, on other CE events and on other WPA services available to psychologists.

WPA offers “Members Only” benefits. In addition to discounts on WPA activities, membership also provides access to “members only” benefits and services on the WPA website. For example, our Find a Psychologist service lists WPA members only and enables the public to search for WPA psychologists throughout the state. Listing is potentially a good source of referrals and a way to get your name out there as a professional provider -- and even a single referral per year would likely cover your membership fee. 

WPA members are part of the conversation. While we provide access to some key professional information for anyone who enters our website, the opportunity to post responses and join the conversation on our professional blogs is available only to WPA members.  Members also receive timely email about events and legislative actions, both state and federal. Our representative to the APA Council of Representatives, our Federal Advocacy Coordinator and our Executive Director are tuned in to developments at the national level, inform members of opportunities to provide input, and keeps members up to date regarding critical issues affecting our ability to function as psychologists. Our Advocacy Cabinet provides similar scrutiny and involvement at the state level. 

WPA gives you a voice. Psychology needs a voice and a place at the table as we work out the changes in our healthcare system. Our voice is provided by both our state and national professional organizations.  Without WPA and APA, we would not have a way to look out for our common interests and we would be at risk for serious negative consequences as others make decisions about how we do our work. These important functions of WPA need to go forward, and our voice in Madison and Washington needs to be heard.

WPA needs you. Professional organizations, especially state associations, are dependent upon membership in order to survive.  So support your profession -- and receive the benefits of membership – by joining WPA!

Top Ten Benefits of Joining WPA

10.  It’s the best state organization for psychologists we have.
  9.  Membership is an important addition to your professional credentials.
  8.  The professional organization that supports you needs your support.

  7.  Discounts! (on excellent CE events) 
  6.  Connects you with other psychologists and expands your referral network.
  5.  More clients will find you (you’ll be listed in Find A Psychologist).
  4.  Adds your voice to advocacy efforts for psychology in Madison and Washington.
  3.  You’ll be supporting students and early career psychologists -- 
            or be able to network with them as an early career psychologist yourself.
  2.  Lets you post on our blogs and join our professional discussions.
  1.  Your membership and participation will make a real difference in how we can help 
            our clients, students and each other!  

Call for Nominations & Volunteers

Volunteering for a position on the Board of Directors, the Advocacy Cabinet or on a committee or workgroup is a commitment to donate your time, talents, energy and new perspectives to help WPA achieve its goals. We are regularly needing to fill a variety of elected and appointed volunteer positions to assist in our functioning. Please take a few minutes to consider what YOU could contribute! Submit the form that is posted on our Committees and Interest Sections page. 

Mentoring Program

The WPA Membership Committee sponsors a Mentoring Program for recent doctoral program graduates and new practitioners. If you are a veteran psychologist, consider sharing your years of experience with a newcomer to the profession. If you are a "not so veteran" psychologist who would like to participate, we welcome you too!! If you are a recent graduate or new practitioner who would like us to help you find a mentor, please click here to complete our Mentoring Survey.

Apply for Regular Membership

Individuals interested in joining the Wisconsin Psychological Association may complete the online WPA Membership Application Form .

Apply for Group Membership

Groups interested in joining the Wisconsin Psychological Association may download the PDF version of the WPA Group Membership Application Form & WPA Membership Application Form and return it to us by standard mail, fax or as an email attachment.