Chapters

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Grow Your Chapter

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The Chapter Relations Department is dedicated to supporting its 120 local chapters and their volunteers. The APA and its local chapter leaders have put together resources for many areas of leading a chapter, including the Local Chapter Guide, the Chapter Leaders Blog, the Chapter Study Group Guide, and much more. A directory of all APA guides, references, forms, and support for local chapter leaders appears below.

In addition, chapter leaders can find a wealth of helpful information in the Local Chapter Guide and are required to review key sections annually.

Download the Local Chapter Guide


Chapter Leader Guides & Resources


Chapter Administration

  • Apply for Chapter Reaffiliation – Chapters must apply for reaffiliation annually to update the APA on their officers and reaffirm their compliance to APA guidelines.
  • Apply for New Chapter Affiliation – New chapters must apply for affiliation with the APA.
  • Board of Advisors – Find the Advisor for your region and their contact information. (You can learn more about your Advisor by reading their Q&A post on the Chapter Leaders Blog.)
  • CHAMPS Referral Program – Submit a question on chapter management to the CHAMPS Committee to receive advice from an experienced chapter leader.
  • Chapter Leaders Blog – Navigation to our blog with helpful posts on chapter news and guidance, written by APA staff, the Board of Advisors, and chapter leaders.
  • Chapter Marketing Guidelines – Guidelines on appropriate usage of the APA logo and chapter promotion of the APA.
  • Chapter Profile Edit Procedures – A step by step walkthrough on updating your chapter profile on the APA website.
  • Chapter RCH Guide – A guide on applying for RCH approval as a chapter.
  • Chapter Relations – Email the APA's Chapter Relations Department.
  • Chapter Study Group Guide – A guide on organizing a successful CPP/FPC study group.
  • Local Chapter Guide – A comprehensive guide on starting and maintaining an APA Local Chapter with information on chapter bylaws, budgetary and financial concerns, event guidelines, and more. Chapter officers should review key sections of the guide annually.

Chapter Events and Certification

  • 100 Popular Chapter Meeting Topics – A list of popular educational topics for chapter meetings that qualify for RCHs (request and approval still required).
  • Chapter Leadership Webinar: New Guidelines for Virtual Chapter Meetings – Free webinar on-demand about APA's updated guidelines on virtual chapter meetings. Available 8/9/2020 - 12/31/2021.
  • National Speakers Bureau Members and Topics – A list of speakers and their topics which can be requested through the APA's Speaker Administration Department.
  • Register a Chapter Event – If your chapter is hosting a One-Day Event, Multi-Day Educational Seminar, or Statewide/Regional Meetings, fil out this form 45 prior to the event. Registered chapter events will receive free resources.
  • Request a Speaker – If your chapter needs a speaker, fill out this form 45 days prior to the event to receive assistance from APA's Speaker Administration Department.
  • Register a Study Group – If your chapter is hosting a CPP/FPC study group, fill out this form 45 days prior to the first session. Registered study groups will receive free resources.
  • Request RCH Approval – If your chapter's meeting or event qualifies for RCHs, fill out this form 45 days prior to the event to receive approval from APA's Certification Department.

Marketing

  • Chapter Marketing Guidelines – Guidelines on appropriate usage of the APA logo and chapter promotion of the APA.
  • Local Chapter Guide – A comprehensive guide on starting and maintaining an APA Local Chapter with information on chapter bylaws, budgetary and financial concerns, event guidelines, and more. Chapter officers should review key sections of the guide annually.
  • Request a Local Mailing List – If your chapter would like to its membership benefits or events to local APA members, fill out this form for a one-use mailing list. Chapters may request up to two local mailing lists per year.