Benefits of Membership
The National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology’s goal is to advance the development of the highest quality of graduate training in professional psychology. The benefits of membership are consistent with that mission. Member schools benefit through increased access to information regarding schools and programs of professional psychology and opportunities to meet with others who are invested in graduate training.
Summer and Mid-Winter Meetings
NCSPP holds two meetings each year. One is scheduled just before the American Psychological Association (APA) convention in August and the other is held in January. The NCSPP meetings provide a forum for the exchange of information about the functioning of schools and programs. These meetings help those running new and developing programs become more aware of current education, training, and practice issues and ensure that established programs keep up with new developments and standards. Information exchange can take the form of papers, publications, poster sessions, speakers, and other formats. For information about upcoming meetings, please click here.
NCSPP also moderates two listservs for the purpose of communicating with the membership and sharing information about training and practice issues. One is for NCSPP Delegates and the other for faculty at NCSPP programs.
Informal and Formal Consultation Services
NCSPP provides consultation on the development and maintenance of schools and programs of professional psychology. NCSPP meetings provide opportunities for delegates to speak informally about the issues their schools are addressing and share ideas for approaching problems as well as developing new, innovative programming.
NCSPP’s web site lists delegates who have offered their services for brief consultations regarding various issues in professional psychology. These services are generally limited to NCSPP schools and programs, and to brief consultations on the telephone or via e-mail. Some of the delegates listed are also available for more extended consultation on a fee-for-service basis. Areas of consultation include: Accreditation, clinical training, curriculum, dissertations, diversity, faculty development, interventions, policy issues, program development, psychological assessment, research methods, student development, supervision, technology, and training outcomes.
Opportunities to Influence Education and Training Standards
In addition, membership in NCSPP offers delegates from member schools the opportunity to play an active role in the development of standards for the education and training of professional psychologists. There are also opportunities to help monitor and influence public policy with regard to the education and training of professional psychologists. Some of the committees that convene during the NCSPP meetings with this purpose in mind are the Women’s Issues, Ethnic / Racial Diversity, Advocacy, Education and Training, Membership, Evaluation and Research, Internet / Home Page Task Force, Accreditation, Publications, Awards, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Committees.
NCSPP works closely with other related organizations. Membership provides opportunities for delegates to meet members of other organizations involved in the education and training of professional psychologists.
Quality Assurance and Outcome Research
Finally, NCSPP delegates frequently join forces to foster research, development, and applications related to professional psychology and to the solution of significant problems of human welfare. They share information about the development of quality assurance methods based on empirical evaluation.
For information about applying for membership, please click here.