There are several reasons why you, as a pupil services professional, should become a part of PAPSA. Foremost, PAPSA is the only organization in the Commonwealth specifically devoted to issues concerning the pupil services programs in our schools. Professional membership is open to anyone who has supervisory or administrative responsibility in two or more of the fields commonly considered to be included under pupil services, i.e., counseling, health, psychology, home and school visitation, social work, special education, gifted education and student assistance among others. Other interested persons are welcome to join as well in a non-voting, associate status.

PAPSA provides quality professional development for its members and their employees. Each year more than 3,000 hours of training are verified for participants in the annual conference and other programs.

PAPSA is the largest branch of the National Association of Pupil Services Administrators (NAPSA). Joint membership is offered as indicated below with a $10 rebate on the annual NAPSA dues and a similar$10 rebate on the PAPSA dues.

PAPSA produces several major publications relating to pupil services issues, including The PAPSA Manual for Pupil Services Administrators (1100 pages), Legal Issues: A Pupil Services Perspective, A Comprehensive Guide to Administering Pupil Services and Designing a Comprehensive Written Program of Pupil Services.These publications are available through the PAPSA office.

PAPSA maintains constant contact with other professional organizations representing education-related fields, such as: PSEA, PaFT, PSCA, PPA, PASSWP, PASAP and the like. It also is in regular contact with those branches of government most involved with the implementation of pupil services, such as the PA Department of Education, State Board of Education, PA Department of Health, House and Senate Education Committees.

Whether your title is Pupil Services Director, Student Services Coordinator, Special Education Supervisor or some variation of these common labels, PAPSA should be the one organization that you need to join.

Membership in PAPSA entitles the holder to the following:

* 4 issues of the PAPSA News

* 4 updates to the PAPSA Manual

* Reduced rates for conference and workshop registration

* Peer review of the district’s program

* Consultation with the Executive Director

* Access to a constantly updated web site.

*PAPSA has also initiated an annual “Award of Excellence in Student Services“, recognizing quality programs that meet high standards of program design and operation.

Annual membership due in PAPSA are as follows (effective for the 2014-15 school year):

* Regular Membership: $130.00

* Retiree Membership: $10.00

* Joint PAPSA/NAPSA: $255.00 (includes a $10.00 rebate both from PAPSA and NAPSA)

* Student Membership: $25.00

* Institutional Membership: $260.00 (For institutions of higher education, intermediate units, and large districts. Includes 5 copies of publications and membership rates at conferences and workshops for 5 staff)

To pay your PAPSA dues, download a copy of the membership form from the “Membership” section of this web site or request an application form through the Executive Director at rcormany@aol.com, complete and return it with your check made payable to PAPSA for the correct amount. Membership forms are mailed to all school entities between April and June of each year.

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