9. The Benefits of Joining Professional Organizations

  1. Chris E. Stout
  1. Lisa R. Grossman

Published Online: 24 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118089972.ch9

Getting Better at Private Practice

Getting Better at Private Practice

How to Cite

Grossman, L. R. (2012) The Benefits of Joining Professional Organizations, in Getting Better at Private Practice (ed C. E. Stout), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. doi: 10.1002/9781118089972.ch9

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 27 JUL 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470903988

Online ISBN: 9781118089972



  • professional organizations;
  • professional associations;
  • leadership;
  • volunteer;
  • professional benefits


Many psychologists in private practice experience isolation, a lack of a professional community, and an unfulfilled desire to contribute to the field of psychology. Many find that they can enrich their careers by joining professional organizations where they not only receive professional benefits but where they also have opportunities to impact psychology through leadership positions within the organization. The benefits of joining a professional association include obtaining new skills and education to further one's practice; opportunities to network with colleagues; receiving practical resources often at discounted rates; and staying current with legal, regulatory, and ethical issues. Leadership positions within associations allow psychologists to impact the present as well as the future of the field by means of advocacy, policy making, and establishing guidelines that benefit not only psychologists but consumers as well.