Starting a New Chapter
Thank you for your interest in providing this opportunity to students at your school. Starting a new Psi Beta chapter takes a little time and work, but so rewarding for both students and advisors. This guide will help you complete the application process as quickly as possible. First, every chapter must have an advisor; many have several. Chapter advisors must possess a Masters or higher in Psychology or a closely related field (e.g., counseling or educational psychology). It is this person, the “primary advisor,” who goes about the task of completing the necessary application forms and sending them to the Psi Beta National Office.
Next, the National Council will review the application papers to verify that they contain all the required information. If the forms are fine, the Council will approve the new chapter. The new advisor is then given logon status to the Advisor area within the Psi Beta website. Once there, he or she then inputs the names and contact information for the charter members –the first set of students ever to be inducted by the new Psi Beta chapter! – and creates an invoice that reflects the amount due the Psi Beta National Office to prepare membership certificates, ID cards, and pins for the new members. Once payment is received, the National Office sends all materials to the chapter advisor and the new chapter can host its very first induction ceremony!
To start the process, please print and prepare the following. The documents include further instructions.
Chapter Application Form
This electronic form asks required information (e.g., name of the college, when the college was last accredited, name of advisor, etc.). Use the overview guide to assist you as you complete the form. Finally, the application requires a letter of support from your college president and your dean or vice-president of instruction (see the overview guide for a letter template).
Application Overview and Guide
Click the link below to download full set of instructions for applying to open a Psi Beta Chapter.
Charter Fee Invoice
This document provides the fee for chartering a new chapter ($150) and where the fee must be sent.