Why join SPA?

Membership in SPA offers a great many benefits and is regarded as one of the best bargains around. It includes:

  • A subscription to the Journal of Personality Assessment. Edited by Martin Sellbom, PhD, this highly regarded journal is an essential resource for assessment professionals who wish to learn from colleagues and leaders in the field, expand professionally, and update their knowledge of assessment methods.
  • An energetic and information-rich Convention that provides the opportunity to meet with assessment psychologists from other states and countries, network with fellow researchers and colleagues, share ideas, present and/or learn about the latest new research findings, contribute to and/or hear about applied clinical assessment experiences, and collaborate about professional concerns. Unique in these exciting and dynamic meetings are many formal and informal opportunities to personally meet and dialog with respected leaders in our field - not to mention the chance to travel to stimulating places such as San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, or the Washington, DC area.
  • An opportunity to support and influence SPA's professional advocacy efforts, including SPA's demonstration research project.
  • A way to join in awarding outstanding research efforts, recognize distinguished contributors to the field, and support student research.
  • Steeply reduced dues for students.
  • Waiver of membership dues for Life Members and Life Fellows.
  • Voting privileges for members.
  • Potential eligibility for the SPA Board of Trustees.
  • Reduced rates for convention and workshop registration.
  • A way to demonstrate professional credibility, especially for teachers of assessment and researchers looking for funding.
  • For an extra fee, membership in the International Society of the Rorschach and Projective Methods, which includes a subscription to Rorschachiana and potential participation in its triennial international congress.

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Membership in SPA offers many benefits - Subscription to the Journal of Personality Assessment, Research, Advocacy, Interest Groups, Exchange Newsletter, Annual Convention and more!

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JPA Journal

Receive 6 Issues of the prestigious JPA Journal each year.

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Interest Groups

Would you like to be more involved? Join an SPA Interest Group today - six groups to choose from!

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Ask your favorite personality assessor what the biggest personality assessment convention is, and he/she will tell you it's the Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment. Ask him/her what the best personality assessment convention is, and he/she will tell you it's the Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, held every March in a different city.

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Each April, candidates statements and a Ballot for electing new members to the Board of Trustees is made available to Members, Fellows, Life Members or Life Fellows by the Nominations and Elections Committee. The persons elected to the Board take office in September.

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The Society for Personality Assessment YouTube channel offers full-length lectures from past annual conventions and expert speakers in the field of personality assessment. A great resource to expand your knowledge.

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How Therapeutic Assessment Works: Theory and Techniques - Presented by Stephen E. Finn, PhD. In this webinar, Dr. Stephen Finn, the main developer of Therapeutic Assessment, will explain the techniques of TA and how they relate to TA’s underlying theory of client change. This session is particularly suited to those who are new to TA, including graduate students, or who wish to deepen their understanding of its therapeutic mechanisms.

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