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A Message from Megan Bowers Patterson
APPA Interim Executive Director

Today’s message is truly important to the future success of our organization, The American Psychedelic Practitioners Association. Thank you in advance for reading in its entirety. 


Dear APPA members,


As we shared in previous communications and Town Halls, the time has come for APPA's introductory membership period to expire. This month, we ask you to become Sustaining Members of this community.


Like so many great stories, APPA’s origin story is reminiscent of the Hero’s and Heroine’s Journeys.  APPA’s ethos of inclusivity and vision of a path to legitimacy for trained practitioners inspired many. Yet the organization has also been a crucible for some of the most challenging conversations our community has faced. Those challenges changed us over time. Acknowledgment is critical to the healing process, as is the dedication to growth.


With the recent restructuring of APPA’s team and priorities, we have the opportunity to use APPA's broad umbrella as a place to come together, reconstitute ourselves with new leadership, and walk forward more holistically and with the perspective and lessons these past years have afforded us.


The ongoing analysis of future viability has made certain realities clear, and they need to be addressed. This is the Association's next step toward self-sustainment, and we know that together we can succeed.


You are Invited to Join Us In This Pivotal Moment


Members, this is your call-to-action. It is with hope and dedication that we launch our Membership Renewal Drive from May 1 - June 15, 2024. Please renew your membership and support the ongoing sustainability of APPA, and continue with us on our new path as a primarily member-funded association.


This initiative is designed to build a self-sustaining financial structure for the Association, giving you - our members - a powerful voice, while APPA provides valuable benefits and opportunities to support your professional growth.


In this message, you will learn about board elections, our plans for guidelines projects, increased member benefits, discounts on malpractice and liability insurance plans, educational webinars, Community Discussion Circles, and more. 

Your individual monthly membership dues of $25/month* is a critical building block of APPA’s collective Member Funding Goal of $15,000/month. Member dues are the foundation of our Sustainability Plan. *A sliding scale will be made available on a case-by-case basis to those in need.


Log into your Member Portal and Renew Membership today! Or simply click the Invoice link in the Renewal Message you will have received from the APPA Member Platform concurrently with this notice.


If we meet our goal by June 15, 2024, we will launch our Board Member Selection and Member Seat Nomination process at that time. 


Please plan on joining us for the Community Discussion Circles - May 14th, 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT and May 21st, 2pm PDT / 5pm EDT. Details below!


Thank you for reading, and renewing your APPA Membership today!


With gratitude,

Megan Bowers Patterson, Interim Executive Director, and the APPA Team

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Community Discussion Circles

Join APPA Interim Executive Director Megan Bowers Patterson for a Community Discussion Circle about APPA's new member benefits and Member Renewal Drive. 


Megan will host two separate meetings in the month of May to accommodate different time zone participation. Both meetings will be open format, meaning open to member questions, suggestions, and other generative conversation about APPA's present and future. We hope that you'll join us for this opportunity to come and discuss our new Sustainability Model and all the benefits of renewing your APPA membership!

May 14- 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT - Register Here


May 21 - 2pm PST / 5pm EDT -  Register Here

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2024 Membership Benefits

From May 1-June 15, 2024, APPA is running a New Member and Membership Renewal Drive to ensure the stability of the organization, and that we can support ourselves operationally as a primarily member-funded entity. This period of membership dues fundraising is absolutely critical to the success of the organization!

  • Membership dues are $25 per month.

  • Ongoing Education: APPA offers monthly educational webinars that are free to members with professionals from across the psychedelic sector. Coming soon in late 2024 - access to Psychedelic CEU Courses and Mentorship Cohort Programs.​

  • Discounted Malpractice and Liability Insurance for Psychedelic Practitioners: APPA has negotiated discounted rates for APPA members through our insurance partners. Full list to be published soon!

  • Current Affairs: Join us for quarterly Community Circle Discussions to discuss community issues and updates on APPA projects, and also receive monthly Newsletters to discuss current events and member organization content.

  • Community Connection: Join your peers on APPA’s Community Platform, where you can start discussion groups with fellow practitioners in a private space and talk about issues that you’re experiencing in your personal and professional practices and beyond.

  • Representation and Visibility: Members will be given opportunities to participate in the legislative process, development of Guidelines, and in organizational governance.  

  • APPA Speaker Bureau: In Fall of 2024, APPA will begin accepting applications from Members to be considered for the Speaker Bureau, which will begin as a listing on our website of qualified individuals - licensed and legacy - who can speak with highest levels of authority on psychedelic topics.

  • Organizational Guidelines: As an APPA member you are encouraged to incorporate our Professional Practice Guidelines and Practitioner Code of Conduct into your practice and websites. Also, you’ll be invited to join us as we define our organization’s Best Practice Guidelines and Ethical Guidelines!

  • Brand Recognition: Sustaining members are deemed “APPA Member in Good Standing”, and receive an exclusive logo to use on their website, communications, and marketing materials.

  • APPA Member In Good Standing: To be a “Member in good standing” of APPA means that…

    • You are a financial contributor to APPA’s Sustainability Model through your membership dues.

    • You have affirmed that you are in compliance with your licensure and required educational standards. 

    • You have made a statement of agreement via your membership application with APPA’s Practitioner Community Code of Conduct and Professional Practice Guidelines.

    • You recognize the value of resources available from APPA to your psychedelic practice.

The American Psychedelic Practitioners Association (APPA) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that provides a professional society and association for psychedelic practitioners, education, and guidelines. Financial contributions and membership dues are tax deductible.

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What Does APPA Do with Member Dues?

Membership dues is a critical portion of support in sustaining APPA’s educational programs, membership benefits, representative actions, operations, and project goals. Your monthly contribution to this total is absolutely critical!

We are currently 1025 members strong, and standing together allows us to use our voice effectively in the halls of power as well as learn and grow together as a big-tent organization. We need to continue building our voice as new rules and regulations become laws so that we can impact the changes we feel are most important to the integrity of Psychedelic-Assisted Care. Your contribution matters.

 Our Phase 1 monthly Member Sustainability Goal is 550-600 members, totaling approximately $15,000 per month. Join us, or renew your membership today!

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Upcoming Projects

Upcoming Projects and Projected Start Dates:


  • Steering Committee Development - May 2024*

  • Board Nominations/Appointment Process and Member Seat Election Process - Respectively beginning in May and July 2024*

  • Member Directory on APPA Website - July 2024*

  • APPA Speaker Bureau - October 2024*

  • Working Groups:

    • Ethical Guidelines - Finalization and Adoption - August 2024*

    • Best Practice Guidelines - Developed in collaboration with our community - August 2024*


Building Ethical Guidelines and Best Practice Guidelines that represent the confluence of APPA’s broad base of practitioners is critical and important work. Working with thought partners and educational leaders in training, ethics, and psychedelic practice from across the field, we will build with a format inclusive of contributions and feedback from the entire APPA community through focus groups of every member population, survey feedback, and member voting practices to adopt the completed projects.

Our Phase 2 fundraising goals of $100,000 include these projects, and more. Can you help us reach our financial goals for these projects? Donate today!

*These initiatives are dependent upon the Member Sustainability Goals being reached through ongoing monthly membership commitments.

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