Thank you for your interest in joining the Westchester County Psychological Association (WCPA).
As an organization, WCPA is committed to promoting the interests of Westchester psychologists, as well as consumers of psychological services. Our divisions sponsor several seminars/workshops each year, as well as social functions and meetings. Attending any of these events is a wonderful way to keep current in a variety of topics, gain CE credit, get acquainted with your colleagues, and build a local network of professionals.
TOP TEN REASONS TO BE A MEMBER OF WCPA
1. Stay Informed
Keep up to date on critical information for psychologists including: ICD-10, DSM 5, HIPAA requirements, CPT-4, NPI numbers, telehealth, and valuable contacts in Westchester psychiatric hospitals.
2. Our Communication
The Westchester Psychologist is sent to members five times a year. Our listserv is active with questions and meeting notifications. We have a website, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
3. Workshops and CE Credits
Recent topics include: Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Understanding Selective Mutism, Conference on Violence, Transgender 101, RET and A Tribute to Albert Ellis, and CBT and School Refusal. We are one of the few county psychological associations approved by the APA to offer CE credits!
4. Get Connected
WCPA is a valuable resource for forming professional relationships and lifelong friendships. Many of our members enjoy the support of peer group supervision. We host an Annual Meeting, featuring a Keynote Speaker and Distinguished Service Award, as well as a Networking Meeting.
5. Three Unique Divisions to Meet Your Needs
Clinical, School, & Special Interest.
6. Be Recognized
Members’ achievements are highlighted in The Westchester Psychologist and our website alongside contact information. Published authors (books & articles) have summaries and publisher information in Members in Print. Awards, presentations, and professional accomplishments are shared in News About Members. Our Featured Psychologist column spotlights select members.
Our Speakers Bureau lists presentation topics and member contact information. The Test Kit Library lends a wide range of current test materials. We also have a Representative for State Disaster Relief, organizing WCPA members in times of crisis in the community.
8. Valued Referrals
Our Referral Service provides information on NYS licensed psychologists, their specialties, and insurance information to the community.
9. Legal & Ethical Information
Through the WCPA’s Representative to NYSPA, members stay informed on critical legal issues. The WCPA Ethics Committee provides essential information, education and referrals.
10. Free Membership for Graduate Students
WCPA offers free membership to students during the course of their graduate training. Many graduate students choose to become integral members of the WCPA community.
The information provided below delineates the various classes and requirements for members in the Association.
Membership and Dues
1. The Association shall consist of three classes of Membership:
a. Full Membership
b. Early Career Members
c. Associate Members
c. Student Affiliate
e. Life Members
2. Persons applying for Membership shall:
a. subscribe to the purposes of the Association
b. maintain ethical standards of professional conduct as set forth by the American Psychological Association.
c. live, work, or be matriculated in an educational program in Westchester County or a neighboring county (see “associate membership” ).
3. Membership Requirements:
A) Full Members: Psychologists applying for Full Membership status must have completed a terminal graduate degree in the field of psychology (e.g., MA, Ph.D., Psy.D.). Regular Members or Fellows of the American Psychological Association or Regular Members of the New York State Psychological Association or Psychologists licensed under Article 153 of the Education Law of New York State, as amended, or School Psychologists certified under Article 143 shall qualify for Full Membership status. Any person engaged in private practice must be licensed under Article 153.
B) Associate Membership: Psychologists applying for Associate Membership status shall have a Master’s Degree in psychology but not meet the criteria for full membership, or meet criteria for Full Membership but do not live or work in Westchester County. ASSOCIATE MEMBERS shall be entitled to rights and privileges of full members, except for the right to vote and hold office.
C) Student Affiliates: Individuals applying for Student Affiliate status shall be persons who are matriculated and enrolled students in either a recognized graduate psychology program, or in a college or university as undergraduate psychology majors, which shall be attested to in a reference from a faculty member of the psychology department. STUDENT AFFILIATES shall be entitled to all rights and privileges of full members except for the right to vote and hold office.
4. To Become a Member of the Association
Persons eligible for membership may be elected to and become members of the Association upon fulfilling the following requirements:
A) They must submit an application for membership, along with 1st year dues payment. The application shall include a statement of the applicant's professional qualifications. This application shall be viewed by the Membership Committee. If the requirements are met, the Committee will recommend that the Board of Directors approve membership at its next meeting.
B) After approval by the Board of Directors, the applicant will be notified of their acceptance. At that time, the applicant will be invited to participate in additional services offered by the Association.
A) All Association dues shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
B) Any member who has not paid his dues for one year shall no longer be considered to be a member in good standing. Such a member may be reinstated by paying the dues for the current year and resubmitting an application for membership.
C) Dues Reduction
1. Full Members who wish to change their status to Life Member and have reached the age of 68 years, have been members in good standing for at least 10 years, and who are fully retired, may apply to the Board of Directors for approval of partial dues reduction.
2. Early Career Psychologists, defined as applying for their first year of membership within their first three years after completing a graduate program, are eligible for a dues reduction.
3. Student Affiliates are eligible for a dues reduction.
6. Waiver of Membership Requirements
The requirements set forth for election to Full Member or Associate Member status may be waived in special cases by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors at a regular Board of Directors meeting. Notwithstanding the waiver of normal membership requirements, the applicant shall subscribe to the purposes of the Association and maintain the ethical standards of professional conduct set forth by the American Psychological Association. Members elected in this manner shall have the status and privileges of the membership class to which they are elected. They shall be required to pay membership dues unless this is explicitly waived by vote of the Board of Directors.
Please note: The WCPA operates on a fiscal year (May 1 through April 30). The Board of Directors meet every third Wednesday in alternate months beginning in September; the last meeting is held in May.