Founded in 1976, NCSPP is an organization composed of delegates from programs and schools of professional psychology.
The mission of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology is to advance the development of the highest quality of graduate training in professional psychology. The benefits of membership are consistent with that mission. NCSPP member programs, associate programs, and observer programs benefit through increased access to information regarding schools and programs of professional psychology and opportunities to meet with others who are invested in the highest quality in graduate training.
NCSPP conducts two events annually which are the NCSPP Mid-Winter Conference and the NCSPP Summer Meeting.
The NCSPP Mid-Winter Conference occurs in the third week of January and features a day of service dedicated to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, keynote speakers, committee meetings, and offers continuing education sessions for delegates and faculty of member, associate, and observer programs.
The NCSPP Summer Meeting occurs prior to the American Psychological Association (APA) convention in August.
Both of these events provide a forum for the exchange of information about the functioning of schools and programs and apprise delegates of new developments and standards.
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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.
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 events with this purpose in mind are the Women’s Issues, Disability, Ethics and Racial Diversity, Sexual Orientation and Gendey Diversity, Advocacy, Education and Pedagogy, Research and Evaluation, Clinical Training, and Accreditation.
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.
Member program status is held by institutions organized as a doctoral level professional school or program of psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Annual dues are $1,700.
Associate program status is held by institutions organized as a doctoral level professional school or program of psychology with either provisional or full accreditation by a regional accrediting body recognized by the Council on Regional Post Secondary Accreditation (CORPA) and not currently accredited by APA. Annual dues are $1,700.
Observer program status is held by institutions that do not qualify for either category of membership and are in the process of developing an APA or regionally accredited doctoral level school or program in professional psychology. Annual dues are $600.
Membership is held by schools and programs rather than by individuals.