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NYSPA Listserv

A members-only electronic mailing, NYSPA's list serve is an added benefit allowing you to network with colleagues on a daily basis. It provides an on-going forum for discussion on important topics such as managed care, treatment and referral inquiries, and other professional concerns. E-mail messages are sent to a hub and redistributed to all members subscribed to the listserve.

We invite NYSPA members who are not part of the NYSPA list serve to “opt-in” and participate in this extraordinary forum that includes discussions regarding many areas of professional concern.

Who may subscribe?
How to subscribe 
How to send a message to the list
The digest option
How to unsubscribe or temporarily leave the list
List serve Web Interface/Archives
NYSPA Listserv Official Rules and Etiquette updated 3/15/2019
Sanctions for violation of rules
List serve etiquette
GMail and Yahoo Issues


Who may subscribe?
Only NYSPA members may join NYSPA's listserv.



How to subscribe or resubscribe?

You will be subscibed to the NYSPA Listserv upon approval of Membership.
To join NYSPA's list, send an e-mail request to Include your name, the e-mail address where you would like to receive your messages, and that you would like to join the general NYSPA list serve.



How to send a message to the list
To send a message to the list, create a new e-mail message and address it to Do not include people that are not part of the list.



The digest option
A digest option is available for members who prefer to receive all the list messages in a single e-mail. The e-mail is sent at midnight and contains the full text of all messages sent for that day. To enable this option, send an e-mail to LISTSERV@LISTS.APAPRACTICE.ORG with SET NYSPA DIGEST in the body of the message.



How to unsubscribe or temporarily leave the list
To unsubscribe from the list at any time, send an e-mail message to with SIGNOFF NYSPA in the body of the message. To temporarily leave the List, you must unsubscribe and re-subscribe using the methods above. Alternatively, you may edit your subscription options through the online interface, described below.



List serve Web Interface
The list serve Web Interface is a Web site where you can handle all list serve Business. The Web Interface is located at  First time visitors will need to create a login name and password.  From this interface, you may also post messages, read messages, search/review archives of all messages posted to the list, change personal user settings, download attachments and leave this or other APA lists.  If you are having problems receiving messages from the list serve (or are unsure if your message has been received), it can be helpful to check the archives.



NYSPA Listserve Official Rules and Etiquette
NYSPA accepts no responsibility for the opinions and information posted on this site by others.

NYSPA seeks to foster a supportive, collegial listserve environment. Consistent with APA ethical principles, list members are aware of and respect cultural, individual, and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status. List serve members consider these factors when communicating with other list serve members and when communicating about others on the list serve.

Rule 1: Do not use the forum for illegal purposes, including, but not limited to, defamation, violation of intellectual property laws, violation of antitrust or unfair competition laws or violation of criminal laws.

Rule 2: Do not intentionally interfere with or disrupt other forum members, network services, or network equipment. Commercial use is prohibited, as is distribution of unsolicited advertising, chain letters, propagation of computer worms or viruses, and use of the network to make unauthorized entry into any other machine accessible via the Forum.

Rule 3: Do not use the Forum for commercial purposes. "Commercial as used for purposes of evaluating list serve messages means communications whose primary purpose is to advance the business or financial interests of any person or entity, or otherwise to promote a financial transaction for the benefit of the author directly or indirectly. Examples of prohibited communications include advertisements for products or services or direct solicitations of list serve members to purchase products or services. [Examples of messages that may be of financial benefit to list serve members but are not prohibited because they do not inure to the financial benefit of the author include news of job listings or position openings, or discussion of professionally-related products or services where the list serve member conveying the information is not in the business of selling the products or services. Announcements that provide useful professional information to the list serve members but may also have some incidental commercial benefit to the sender (e.g. an author who is a list member merely advising the list of publication of a professional book) typically would not be "commercial" for purposes of this restriction.]. NYSPA members are able to express the desire to rent an office in the "Advertise with NYSPA" area on the website.

Rule 4: Do not use this forum for any communication that could be construed in any way as support for or opposition to any candidate for a federal, state or local public office. The Federal law providing for the American Psychological Association's tax-exempt status absolutely forbids the use of APA resources or facilities, including this forum, in any way that would even appear to support or oppose such a political candidate.

Rule 5: Similar to operation in the House and Senate, "personal reflections" upon other members, no matter how serious their differences over policy questions, is prohibited. Common courtesy and respect, which excludes personal attacks or criticism, must be observed.

Rule 6: Postings should pertain to psychologists and psychological issues, and not to issues unrelated to psychology. Messages exhorting list serve members to advocate for issues that are not on NYSPA’s or APA's agenda (e.g., minimum wage, Amnesty International, etc.) are not to be placed on NYSPA’s list serve, no matter how worthy the cause.

Rule 7: Communications should be oriented towards increasing the knowledge base of psychologists. The list serve is a forum for sharing information and community building. It is a place where differences of opinion can be aired, however, with courtesy and respect.


Sanctions for Violations of Rules
NYSPA does not undertake editorial control of postings. However, in the event that any inappropriate posting is brought to the attention of the Editorial Policies Committee (EPC), the EPC may take the following action.

  1. The Chair of the EPC will send a warning directly to the violator, with a reminder of the rules, and an explanation of the violation.
  2. In the case of a second violation, the EPC Chair will inform the violator of the nature of the infraction, and inform said violator that a third violation will result in suspension from the list serve for six months.
  3. In the case of a third violation, the EPC Chair will ask the offending party to unsubscribe from the list voluntarily within ten days. If this action does not occur within the specified time, NYSPA’s EPC reserves the right to remove the violator from the list. After a person has been suspended from the list for six months, the member will be eligible to resubscribe. A re-application for list serve privileges will be made to the EPC. Re-application does not guarantee immediate reinstatement. If reinstated, the prior offenses will be disregarded, and the violation procedure will start again. If not reinstated, the rationale for the decision will be sent to the member.

List Serve Etiquette

  1. Please send a message to introduce yourself. Send the message to: For your introduction, you might note your name, professional affiliation, where you live or practice, why you joined the list, and any requests or questions you might have.
  2. Try to keep your messages concise and to the point.
  3. Please sign each of your messages, and include your e-mail address, so that we can communicate a response to you. Most e-mail software includes a signature option that automatically generates this information.
  4. If you utilize your e-mail software program that repeats (quotes) the message to which you are responding, please do not repeat any part of the message which is not essential in order to save considerable space (bandwidth) for everyone who receives your message.



Gmail and Yahoo Issues

Some GMail and Yahoo users have brought to our attention that they are unable to receive copies of their own postings. Google has been contacted about this issue and they maintain that delivering a copy of a sent message only increases network traffic. Their point is that a valid copy of the email exists in the sent items. To receive a copy of your postings when using these services, simply include your email address in the cc or bcc line of your message.