APS is a local chapter of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association with a primary mission to serve the educational and collegial needs of psychoanalytic psychotherapists in East Tennessee and western North Carolina. In addition, our mission is to promote, inform, and educate members of our community concerning psychoanalytic ideas and values.
Who may join?
Any licensed mental health professional who subscribes to the mission and values of APS is eligible to be a full member. Graduate students in clinical or counseling psychology, or social work, may join as student members. Others interested in psychoanalysis, may join as scholar members upon approval of the APS Board.
Benefits and responsibilities of APS membership
All members are eligible to attend APS educational activities, including conferences, seminars and courses. Student and Scholar members may attend activities at a reduced fee. Full members are eligible to run for office and serve as officers once elected. All members are eligible to serve on committees and task forces. As a voluntary organization, member participation in both educational events and administrative efforts is strongly encouraged.
Although our schedule varies from year to year, there are certain kinds of programs that are put on regularly. We typically hold two all day conferences yearly and six half day seminars. One of those seminars, the Paul Lerner Memorial Lecture is also a membership meeting. Reading groups are often held in conjunction with conferences.
Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society (APS) is a local chapter of the American Psychological Association's Division of Psychoanalysis (39). Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; its constituent sections, committees and local chapters are able to offer educational programs under the "umbrella" of the Division's approval. Division 39 maintains responsibility for these educational programs and their content.
APS and Division 39 are committed to accessibility and non-discrimination and will conduct all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Presenters and participants are asked to honor the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout programs. If program content becomes emotionally distressing, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate special needs.
Unless otherwise noted, APS programs are open to all mental health professionals. Participants from professions other than psychology should consult with their respective licensing boards regarding the acceptance of American Psychological Association-approved Certificates of Attendance as documentation of continuing education.
For all CE-eligible programs, there is no partial credit for attending only a portion of an eligible program. To receive a Certificate of Attendance for any CE-eligible program, it is necessary to attend the entire program and submit a completed evaluation form.
Unless otherwise noted, there is no commercial support for educational programs offered by the Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society. Similarly, unless otherwise noted, there are no relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, program content, research, grants or other funding sources that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest. During all continuing education programs, the presenter(s) of continuing education program will attempt to address, whether during the program or via a list of references, the validity/utility of their topics as well as the limitations and/or risks (common and most severe) of the content/approaches discussed.
Division of Psychoanalysis (39)
As noted above, APS is a local chapter of the Division of Psychoanalysis and reports regularly to the Division through Section IV (Local Chapters) of the Division. All mental health professionals are eligible to join Division 39 and APS members are encouraged, but not required, to do so. Division 39 holds two annual meetings: a Spring Meeting (usually in April) and a meeting in conjunction with the APS Annual Convention in August. As part of APS commitment to Division 39, we are able to provide stipends to graduate students and early career professionals to attend the Spring Meeting.
Benefits and responsibilities of Division 39 membership
While any mental health professional may be a member of Division 39, psychologists must also be members of APA in order to be full members of Division 39. Full members may vote for and hold office on the Division Board. Members who are not APA members may also vote for and hold office on the Division Board with the exception of officers who are involved APA governance. All members are eligible to become members of Sections and belong to committees and task forces. Members receive Division publications, including the journal, Psychoanalytic Psychology, and the newsletter, Psychoanalytic-Psychologist. Also, members are eligible to subscribe to the premier psychoanalytic online service, PEP-WEB at a greatly reduced rate. PEP allows access to all major psychoanalytic publications as well as many psychoanalytic books including Freud’s Standard Edition.
For more information
The Division 39 web site, www.division39.org has membership forms and information on current activities and opportunities for members of Division 39, as well as the Sections of the Division. Sections are subgroups of the Division that address particular issues important to, and/or constituencies of, the Division.