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WHY BELONG TO SPIM?

If you are a psychologist focused on management or leadership and you are looking for a professional association that provides you with strong intellectual and collegial support, consider SPIM membership. You will find yourself among the national leaders of our field. Yet there is a “small town” atmosphere of friendliness and support to a degree that is unusual in professional associations. SPIM’s collegial atmosphere is as strong as our meetings. Many deep friendships have begun at SPIM meetings. There is an unusual degree of interest and support for each other’s activities – both professional and personal. SPIM members reach out to help each other succeed.


WHO IS SPIM DESIGNED FOR?

SPIM, like any effective organization, has a clear idea about whom we best serve. Our membership criteria help to ensure that our focus is maintained.

SPIM is designed for psychologists who hold a doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited graduate or professional school. They are employed as a manager/leader, academician whose focus is management, or consultant to management. Lastly, they are willing to commit to the APA Code of Ethics.


 WHAT KINDS OF PSYCHOLOGISTS FIT BEST?

As a general guideline, APA members of Divisions 13 (Society of Consulting Psychology) and 14 (Society of Industrial and Organizational Society) have interests most similar to those of SPIM members. SPIM members demonstrate their involvement with management by the following activities:

  • They work as managers or leaders in organizations. A psychologist manager or leader’s duties include responsibilities in such areas as budget, personnel and program decisions, organizational planning and strategy.
  • They teach and/or conduct research in management and/or leadership. Psychologists who teach and do research in management are usually, but not necessarily, on faculty at a university or college.
  • They consult to managers and leaders in organizations. Management consultants are involved in such activities as executive coaching, organizational consultation, assistance with executive selection and succession planning and/or research in such areas.
  • They have academic training in management and or significant management experience.

The direct delivery of clinical services and clinical supervision, in and of themselves, do not fit these descriptions. Membership in SPIM is not likely to meet the interests of psychologists who are primarily involved in clinical activities. However, management of a clinical enterprise in which the psychologist does have such responsibilities as budget, hiring and termination of employees do fit SPIM membership criteria and such individuals are likely to find SPIM rewarding.

TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP
QUALIFICATIONS COST
Full Member
  • Hold a doctoral degree in psychology from a regionally accredited graduate or professional school that has achieved accreditation within the last five years of the doctoral degree (or a school of similar standing outside of the United States). 
  • Employment as a manager or leadership role, academician whose focus is management, or consultant to management.
  • Commit to the APA Code of Ethics.

  • May vote and stand for office and serve as elected Officers or Members of the Board of Directors.
$145
Early Career Member
  • Hold a doctoral degree in psychology from a regionally accredited graduate or professional school that has achieved accreditation within the last five years of the doctoral degree (or a school of similar standing outside of the United States).
  • Employment of less than five years as a manager or leadership role, academician whose focus is management, or consultant to management. 
    OR
  • Provide attestation of career goal of leadership/management to be accomplished within five years. This attestation would include a  statement describing current career activities and how he/she is preparing to move into leadership/management or consultant to management.
  • Commit to the APA Code of Ethics.

  • May vote and stand for office and serve as elected Officers or Members of the Board of Directors.
$100
Associate Members
  • Hold a master's degree in psychology from a regionally accredited graduate or professional school or a school that achieved such accreditation within five years of the master’s degree (or a school of similar standing outside of the United States). 
  • Be employed as a manager, academician whose focus is management, or consultant to management.
  • Commit to the APA Code of Ethics.

  • May vote and stand for office and serve as elected Officers or Members of the Board of Directors.
 $145
Affiliate Members
  • Hold at least a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited University (or a University of similar standing outside of the United States). 
  • Have an interest in the intersection of psychology in leadership and/or management.
  • Commit to the APA Code of Ethics.

  • May not vote or stand for office and serve as elected Officers or Members of the Board of Directors.
 $145
Student Members
  • Be enrolled in a psychology masters or doctoral program at a regionally accredited graduate or professional school that achieved such accreditation within five years of the master’s or doctoral degree (or a school of similar standing outside of the United States). 
  • Have an interest in leadership, management and/or psychology.
  • Commit to the APA Code of Ethics. 

  • May not vote or stand for office and serve as elected Officers or Members of the Board of Directors.
 $75

 


I’M READY TO JOIN. WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Complete the online application. A complete SPIM membership application is comprised of two parts: 1) a completed membership application, 2) uploaded copy of your CV

Join Now

Call the SPIM Administrator, Amanda Reece at (847) 213-5555 if you have problems with this process. She will be happy to walk you through the procedure.

Interested but not quite ready to apply? Call the Membership Chair, Sarah Early at (303) 916-6232.