International Honor Society in Psychology: A Psi Chi chapter was recently established at Upper Iowa University. Undergraduate students must complete an application process, be in the top 35% of their class, and have a GPA. Each spring new members are inducted in the chapter. Psi Chi members have been active in volunteering at a local assisted living facility. Benefits of membership include eligibility for Psi Chi scholarships and increased notariety on graduate school applications.
Like many healthcare professionals, insurance and billing issues have dominated the psychology field as well. For individuals in private practice, the paperwork created by this task can be daunting and may, ultimately, require the hiring of a specialist to handle insurance claims. Not all patients will have health insurance, some who have insurance may have policies that do not cover mental health professional fees, and some may have insurance that covers only some services for certain periods of time. Keeping track of these differences can be exhausting and can ultimately take away from the hours a psychologist has available to actually see and treat patients. This kind of paperwork is often cited as the biggest disadvantage to a career in psychology.