The Connecticut Psychiatric Society is the professional assocation in the state of Connecticut that focuses exclusively on the needs of physicians who specialize in psychiatry. CPS offers advocacy, information, support, and educational opportunities to help you serve your patients and enhance your career. Psychiatrists at all levels of practice, from members-in-training through senior-level psychiatrists are represented.

Membership Benefits

Because the Connecticut Psychiatric Society is a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association, when you become a member, you are able to enjoy the combined benefits of both organizations.

  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • Legislative Monitoring and Grassroots Advocacy
  • Professional Practice Guidance Including: Starting a Private Practice, Practice Management, Managed care, CPT, and Ethical Guidelines
  • Discounted Malpractice Insurance through the APA
  • Professional Development and Networking Opportunities
  • Educational Opportunities with significant registration discounts at Annual Meeting
  • Members-only website access
  • Members-only list serv

Qualifications for Membership

The APA and the CPS are organizations composed primarily of medical specialists who are qualified, or in the process of becoming qualified, as psychiatrists. The basic eligiblity 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 Assocation (AOA). Applicants for membership must also hold a valid medical license (exception: hold an academic, research or governmental position that does not require licensure), and provide one reference who is an APA 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.

How to Join

If you wish to apply for membership in the CPS and the APA or would like more information, please call the APA Membership Department at (703) 907-8691 or click here.

Categories of Membership

Joint Membership Requirement: Please note that there is a joint membership requirement with the American Psychiatric Association. All applications for membership and changes in membership status must be approved by both organizations. Each organization has its own dues structure and benefits. The dues listed below reflect the OPPA annual dues. For information on the APA dues structure, call 1-888-35-PSYCH or check their website.

  • Medical Student Members is for physicians in training who are enrolled in a school of medicine or a school of osteopathic medicine. Membership dues are waived.
  • Resident Fellow Members is for physicians who have been accepted into and are active in an approved psychiatric residency training program. 
  • General Members are physicians who have completed acceptable training and who have either a valid license to practice medicine in Connecticut or hold an academic, research, or governmental position that does not require licensure. 
  • Fellows have been General Members at least five consecutive years, be Board Certified, have three letters of recommendations from current Fellows, Distinguished Fellows, Life Fellows or Distinguished Life Fellows. Members who have been active for five or more years are notified by APA, application is made to APA and are approved by APA Membership Committee and APA Board of Trustees.
  • Distinguished Fellows are nominated by the CPS Membership Committee. These members have been General Members for at least 8 years and shall have made a significant contribution to the field of psychiatry. The criteria and procedures for nomination of General Members for Fellowship follows the APA guidelines and are available by contacting the CPS office.
  • Life Members and Life Fellows are those in their respective categories whose years of active membership in the Society plus age at the start of the fiscal year shall equal ninety-five. Membership dues are pro-rated.
  • Inactive Members and Inactive Fellows are members whom CPS and Council along with the APA have, for sufficient reason, excused from paying dues and shall not receive credit toward the number of years of active membership required for Life status for those years of inactive status.