USABP has five types of individual membership: Clinical, Practitioner, Associate, Student, and Affiliate. Please read the following descriptions of each to determine which is the proper one for you.
Clinical Membership is for those who have a license to practice psychotherapy AND one of the following: either a certification from a recognized somatic psychology training institute (minimum of three years in length) or a graduate-level degree from an accredited and recognized somatic psychology program.
*Note: You will be asked to submit a photocopy of your license and certificate/degree when you sign up for this membership level. Once this is verified we can list you in our Clinician Directory where prospective clients will be able to find your practice.
Practitioner Membership is for those who do not have a license but who have completed a formal certification program (minimum of three years in length) from a recognized somatic psychology training institute.
*Note: You will be asked to submit a photocopy of your certificate when you sign up for this membership level. Once this is verified we can list you in our Practitioner Directory where prospective clients will be able to find your practice.
Associate Membership is for those who have not completed a certificate program (minimum of three years in length) from a recognized somatic psychology training institute but who have either formal healthcare training or are otherwise qualified in body or touch-centered practices.
Associate Select Membership is for those professionals who have training in the body/movement field. Related professionals who have interest in, and work similarly: 1. Present moment 2. Experiential, 3. Holistic, 4. propensity toward Health, 5. Relationally. Including: Drama Therapy (NADT) National Association of Drama Therapy. RDT (registered drama therapist), Martial Arts, Yoga Therapy/Yoga/Meditation, Buddhism, ISMETA/Dance Movement professionals/Creative Arts professionals, Music Therapy, Feldenkrais professionals, Rolfing/Structural Integration, Massage Therapy, Hypnosis and Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy
Affiliate Membership is for those who do not qualify for the other membership types but feel an affinity for somatic psychology and want to support the profession and USABP’s mission and goals.
Student Membership is for those who are enrolled full-time in a degree-granting or certification program (minimum of three years in length) in somatic psychology or related to somatic psychology. Student membership is limited to no more than 4 years. After completing their program, or after 4 years have lapsed, Student members must “upgrade” to the appropriate membership level as described in this list. Student membership is not intended for practicing professionals.