The current NCAPP leadership, Janet Heuring, Carol Williams, Tara Luellen, Pam Corbett, Flora Dunbar, Les Brinson, and others, have been working together beginning in 2015 toward improving the equitable practice of LPAs and to provide more mental health service options to the public
The North Carolina Association of Professional Psychologists is a website dedicated to the advancement of the profession of psychology and to improving the provision of psychological services to the public. Our goal is to provide the information, resources, and tools to make it easier for people to access mental health services, and for clinicians to provide services.
We provide information for master's level psychologists and future psychologists, including education requirements and information, licensing and supervision requirements, and any relevant legal proceedings.
BRIEF HISTORY OF NCAPP
In 1994, Licensed Psychological Associates (LPAs) across the state of North Carolina became concerned about their continued ability to maintain employment and provide services. Insurance companies had begun paying only independent practitioners for services rendered, and the rising expense for employers to pay for the supervision of LPAs was an increasingly pressing problem. Consequently, twenty or so LPAs met during the North Carolina Psychological Association’s annual convention to discuss their concerns. After much lively interaction it was decided that the LPAs were losing ground vis-a-vis other master-degreed providers—social workers, LPCs, etc.—and the ability to achieve independent practice was apparent. Subsequently, LPAs decided to form new organization to address these concerns.
A month later fifteen or so LPAs gathered to form strategy. It was eventually agreed that a state-wide convention was necessary to address the issue and allow everyone to express their opinions. This was arranged, and sixty or so participants from all over the state attended. It was decided that the LPAs should form an organization, temporarily called the LPA Advocates. Officers were nominated and voted upon. Henry Tonn was voted president, Tom Haifley, vice president, Nancy Webb, secretary, and Katherine Ridley (now Smith) treasurer. LPAs from various localities agreed to assume support positions and the first board meeting was arranged in Greensboro, because of its central location.
Shortly thereafter, twelve to twenty people met in Greensboro every month, during which time a constitution was created with the necessary bylaws. After much debate and numerous suggestions, it was decided to re-name the organization the North Carolina Association of Professional Psychologists, which won out by one vote over “the North Carolina Society of Psychologists.” Money was raised through generous contributions, Al Adams, a prominent lobbyist, was hired, and a bill for independence was drafted with considerable effort by Flora Dunbar, legislative representative. A legislative sponsor was found and the bill was introduced the following year.
Despite the dedicated efforts of many LPAs who canvassed the legislature in 1995, and contacted their personal legislators back home, the bill never reached the floor of the House to be voted upon. The bill was argued before a subcommittee and a full committee, passing on both occasions, however, it died in the Finance Committee without a vote. Two years later NCAPP launched another bill in the legislature, with the same results.
In the early 2000’s NCPA launched a Task Force to examine the question of independence for LPAs. Nine LP’s and nine LPAs across the state met regularly in Raleigh to discuss the issue and it was determined that the LPAs should be provided the opportunity to achieve independent practice in the state of North Carolina. Work began on a new bill, however, despite valiant efforts, the bill lacked sufficient support from all stakeholders to move forward to the legislature.
Over the years NCAPP continued as a group dedicated to the professional practice of psychology, with periodic attempts to develop a new direction. That new direction was reinvigorated in 2015, when a new approach began development, culminating in the current petition. NCAPP, which has existed now for twenty-five years, is continuing the work of advocating for, and assisting Licensed Psychological Associates to practice and compete fairly in the mental health field.
Thank you for your support.
Meet the Team
We are working to make psychological services more readily available to the public, less expensive, more readily covered by insurance and governmental programs, and reduce operational costs to LPAs.
Janet Heuring, MA, LPA, LCAS
President - NCAPP
Carol E. Williams, MA, LPA, BCBA
Vice President - NCAPP
Working as a psychologist, I am clinically trained to evaluate skills, strengths, preferences, and functioning, to administer tests and assessments, and to help people learn to effectively work through issues. I have worked with children and adolescents, to change and improve behavior, and in my present position, I work primarily with adults who have developmental disabilities. Additionally, I have Board Certification in Behavior Analysis, and I am pursuing a doctoral degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis.
Tara Luellen, MA, LPA, HSP-PA
Secretary - NCAPP
Tara Luellen, MA, LPA, HSP-PA is currently a Licensed Psychological Associate and Health Services Provider - Psychological Associate in North Carolina, and she has also previously been licensed at the same level in the states of Kentucky and Alabama. She has seven total years of experience in providing direct psychological services to consumers and has an additional two-and-a-half years of consultation and volunteer work in the field. She is particularly well-versed in psychological evaluations, especially in the areas of cognitive decline, intellectual assessments, and psychoeducational interventions; she also has extensive experience in providing therapeutic interventions to those suffering from depression and mood disorders, anxiety, personality disorders, and psychotic symptoms.
Jack Clement, MA, LPA, HSP-PA
NCAPP Board Member
I was licensed as a psychological associate in 1976. I have been actively practicing psychology since then. I have worked in many settings including mental health centers, inpatient psychiatric settings and outpatient private practice. I have also taught at Mars Hill University and Western Carolina University. In addition, I have done workshops for mental health professional at various AHECs. For the past 12 years, my practice has been devoted exclusively to psychological evaluations.
I have been involved with the NCAPP since the early days of the organization in the mid 1990s, and I look forward to continuing to advocate for LPAs and the clients we serve.
Les Brinson, PhD, LP
NCAPP Board Member
Connie Philbeck, LPA
NCAPP Board Member
Flora Dunbar, MA, LPC, LPA
NCAPP Board Consultant
We need your help to keep moving forward with the quest to end career-long supervision of LPAs and to promote the profession of psychology