academy_logoWelcome to the website for the American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology. The Academy is devoted to the advancement of the psychological specialty of Couple and Family psychology in general and board certification (diplomate) in that specialty in particular. This website is dedicated to the specialty of Couple and Family Psychology: how to obtain specialty certification through the American Board of Professional Psychology if you are a psychologist, and how to select a qualified Couple and Family psychologist if you are a member of the public.

The Couple and Family Psychology specialty is delighted to incorporate the 2017 APA Multicultural Guidelines: An Ecological Approach to Context, Identity, and Intersectionality into its foundational competencies for Board certification. Chaired by one of our members, the guidelines represent a truly inclusive, systemic approach to understanding and intervening with couples, families, and larger social systems. The complete guidelines are available at http://www.apa.org/about/policy/multicultural-guidelines.pdf

As professions become more specialized, board certification is becoming an increasingly important marker for expertise in a specialty area of psychology. Advanced standing as a Board Certified Couple and Family Psychologist reflects a higher standard of expertise over basic licensure and assures the public that their provider choice is among the select in the field to be nationally recognized for experience, expertise, and education as a Couple and Family Psychologist. Systems consultation abilities, sophisticated individual, couple and family intervention skills, and advanced relational assessment competence are hallmarks of Board Certified Couple and Family Psychologists.

The primary purpose of the American Board of Couple and Family Psychology is the recruitment of applicants and the coordination of all examinations for board certification in family psychology. The American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology is comprised of all psychologists who are board certified in couple and family psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Upon award of the diplomate in couple and family psychology, an individual becomes a fellow of the Academy. The Academy of Couple and Family Psychology is involved in teaching and mentoring, promotion of the profession of family psychology, and communication among diplomates.