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 The Colorado Psychiatric Society (CPS) is the professional medical association in Colorado that focuses exclusively on the needs of physicians who specialize in psychiatry. CPS addresses all aspects of psychiatric care and includes public, academic and private practice psychiatrists, as well as psychiatric residents. 


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is an organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.


How to Apply

If you wish to apply for membership with CPS and the APA or would like more information, please contact the APA Office of Membership at 888-357-7924 or 703-907-7300 or apply online.

If you have a specific question or concern, please call Beth Pippin in the CPS office: 303-692-8783 or Peggy Wardell in the APA office: 1-888-357-7924, ext. 7359

Qualifications for Membership

The APA and CPS are organizations composed of medical specialists who are qualified, or in the process of becoming qualified, as psychiatrists. The basic eligibility requirement is completion of a residency program (or currently enrolled in an accredited residency training program) in psychiatry accredited by the Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPS), or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Medical students enrolled in a U.S. or Canadian school of medicine, including osteopathic medicine are eligible to join CPS and the APA as a Medical Student Member.

The APA has a dual membership requirement whereby APA members must also be members of the district branch within whose jurisdiction they reside or practice. Likewise, to be a CPS member, you must also be a member of the APA.