Just wanted to call attention to an interesting discussion taking place on various listservs. For ethical reasons, I don't want to post the discussions in a public place, but to summarize: A number of members seem very upset with the APAPO. Though I think all have been said tongue in cheek and I doubt anything will come of it, there have been suggestions of legal action against them. They feel there is a lack of accountability for how their budget is being spent (e.g. the amount of money being spent on RxP versus on other practice-related issues), among other things. This in and of itself is not a problem, APAPO is a lobbying organization and free to do as they wish. The problem is that they are affiliated with APA, and have incorporated a "Practice Assessment" fee into APA membership renewal. A number of people who didn't want to pay the fee for various reasons (i.e. living outside the US) were told they had to. People have had troubles leaving the organization, and continued to be billed despite requests to discontinue their membership. People were told (it sounds like by official channels) that they were required to pay the practice assessment in order to be in APA if they are clinical psychologists. Dr. Nordal has now confirmed that isn't true, and members are upset because they feel APAPO has essentially scammed them out of a substantial sum of money over the years. Furthermore, someone pointed out that APA itself may have jeopardized its tax exemption status by requiring (or appearing to require) donations to a lobbying organization for membership. Members are calling for APAPO to refund the money they paid, etc. Personally, I'm torn whether this is an intentional attempt to mislead members in order to increase funds, or just APA's usual lack of organization. I lean towards the latter (mostly because I think they are too incompetent to be that underhanded ), but I suppose we will see if they actually change this system now that it has been brought to their attention. Only time will tell. Just thought the discussion was interesting and people not on the listservs should be made aware that it was taking place.