CPSP Documentation


Updated on November 11, 2023

FAQ’s About Membership

How do I become a member?

Membership in a chapter is the basis for membership in CPSP.

Since the essence of chapter life is relationship, a good starting point is to take stock of your relationships with people whom you know to be members. Where is their chapter membership? Can they recommend a chapter for your consideration?

Another possibility is to use the Directory, searching listings (alphabetized by state and city) to find one either conveniently near, or convenient for travel. (The ideal is to be able to meet with the chapter face to face; some chapters meet virtually, because of their geographic separation.)

After identifying possible chapter(s), contact the convener(s) to explore the chapter’s distinctives, to inquire whether they would consider new members, and to learn their process for inviting/incorporating new members. Follow up until both you and a chapter discern a good fit, then continue to www.CPSP.org (Join Now) to enter your personal directory information and pay your dues.

Do I have to attend chapter meetings?


Regular participation in chapter life is a commitment implied in your accepting membership in a chapter.

The schedule for chapter meetings should be developed cooperatively by the members, with sufficient notice to allow for full participation and avoidance of unnecessary conflicts with personal or work responsibilities. (Meetings during the workday are vulnerable to interference from emerging situations, for example.)

If your circumstances interfere with your participation in chapter meetings, please discuss your situation with your chapter.


[If still in training], may I join the same chapter as my clinical supervisor?

While in training, you may not join the chapter of which your clinical supervisor is a member (Standards, §1110.5).

The chapter’s oversight of the training program, and responsibility for the personal and professional functioning of the supervisor (as a member of the chapter) (IAW The CPSP Code of Professional Ethics) would be impeded by a trainee’s membership in the chapter.

Failure to maintain this boundary leaves both the clinical supervisor and the trainee without the rich benefit of chapter life where both personal and professional issues can be addressed.

Are there annual dues if I’m not yet certified?

The rates for annual dues vary according to one’s certification, including those who are not certified (including members still in training).

In addition to these CPSP dues, chapters may assess dues for chapter operating expenses. (Historically, many chapters have assisted their conveners to attend Plenary.)

Annual dues are billed directly to the member, and not remitted through the chapter.

What is the timeline for annual dues?

Chapters meet and function according to the Standards, in accordance with the By-laws. They regularly meet (an average of at least 2 hours per member per year) and function as a chapter in a manner that is congruent with and for the purposes expressed in the CPSP Covenant, and not as a joint, combined, or multiple organizational membership group.

How long must I be a member before I can apply for certification?

CPSP does not specify a minimum time that one may be a member before presenting for certification, but requires that the chapter to provide consultation to the member (Chapter Certification Consultation) as part of the certification process (Standards, §640).

In order to proceed, the chapter must be satisfied as to the candidate’s proficiency (to the degree required for each certification) in the competencies that define that certification. Due diligence in the exercise of this responsibility does require time. Where a chapter has established a timeline (as a chapter policy), this most likely reflects their experience in the mentoring and consultation processes.

What if I am retiring or retired, and wish to continue my association with CPSP but have concern about the cost of annual dues?

The By-laws (Article I) provide for a membership category for those honorably retired from work in the category for which they have been certified, the Emeritus Member.

Governing Council (October 25, 2020) provided clarification concerning the requirements and authorizations pertaining to this category, as follows:

“CPSP recognizes the significance of the covenantal bonds between its certified members, their chapters, and CPSP as a whole. Consequently, it is understood that these covenantal bonds have the potential of remaining mutually beneficial not only through a clinician’s career, but also through their retirement. As such, CPSP has instituted an emeritus classification of certification, which currently certified clinicians in good standing might opt to adopt as they enter retirement.

“For the purposes of this classification, it is important to establish a definition of the designations of the terms “emeritus” and “retirement.” CPSP defines emeritus in alignment with its common usage as “a person retired from professional life but permitted to retain as an honorary title the rank of the last office held. We define retirement as the “withdrawal from one’s position or occupation or from active working life” (2) with a specific concern for the future stipendiary nature of their work. In this, retirement from an institution does not necessarily imply retirement from a profession.

“For certified members seeking to adopt the emeritus classification of certification, retirement from the certified profession is understood to be the withdrawal from stipendiary work for which the credentials sought to be maintained within the emeritus classification is required. It is understood that emeritus members will no longer employ their emeritus certification status for the purposes of stipendiary employment.

“In alignment with the financial realities of the retirement from the certified profession, CPSP clinicians emeriti will receive a 50% reduction in their annual CPSP membership renewal fees.  Clinicians emeriti are still obliged to maintain their membership in its primary form of expression as active participation within chapter life, wherein they may still serve as full members, including on chapter certification consultations counted toward the critical mass that such processes require, at the level reflected in their emeritus certification.

“Clinicians emeriti are too considered to be CPSP members in full, who may continue to serve as they are called within the various volunteer capacities required to meet the functional needs of  the national organization (committees etc.).

“Clinicians certified with the emeritus classification are not obliged beyond routine participation  in chapter life to meet any particular requirements for annual re-certification as conventionally certified members may be. 

“It is understood that if an emeritus classified clinician returns to regular stipendiary employment  (which includes both part-time and full-time employment beyond a consultative or “one-off”  nature) within their certified scope of practice, they automatically forfeit their emeritus status and will be both treated and billed as a regularly certified, active clinician.”

What's the chapter's role in certification?

The chapter conducts a Chapter Certification Consultation (referencing the Standards for the certification sought), provides feedback to the candidate, and reports their findings and recommendations to the Certification Committee.

How does a chapter participate in the governance of CPSP?

Each chapter, through the representation of its Convener, shall participate in the selection by consensus of a cluster representative to the Chapter of Chapters of the Governing Council. The cluster representatives will give voice to the interests of the Chapters within their Cluster, will be responsible for communication to and from the Governing Council and the Chapters of the Cluster, and will thereby assure that all Chapters are responsibly participating in and providing leadership to the entirety of CPSP life and its processes. (By-Laws, §8.03.)

What happens when my chapter has fewer than six people?

Chapters that lack the number of certified members (at any level) required to certify or to review members for recertification shall establish a relation with another chapter for consulting, mentoring, and certification or recertification. This sponsoring relationship shall be renewed annually by agreement of both chapters, in consultation with the General Secretary and/or the Certification and Promotion of Chapters Committee. (Standards, §1100.)

What Region is my chapter in for representation on the Chapter of Chapters?

There are six regions, each with a representative and an alternate on the Chapter of Chapters.

Your region is... If your chapter is in....

Region #1 - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, George, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

Region #2 - Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin

Region #3 - Arizona, California, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington

Region #4 - Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana, Montana, Hawaii, Idaho, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Wyoming, Canada, Puerto Rico

Region #5 - Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

Region #6 - CPSP Hong Kong, CPSP-Philippines

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