Board President’s Message

Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP

Board certification in Couple and Family psychology is based on demonstrating knowledge, skills, and experience in the foundational and functional competencies of the specialty. Couple and Family Psychologists are devoted to multicultural principles and practice. The new APA Multicultural Guidelinesmirror the strong systemic approach to psychological issues espoused by our specialty.

There are six types of ABPP applications, and each has its own requirements and fees:

  1. Early Entry (for pre-licensure individuals)
  2. Standard or Regular Track
  3. Early Career Psychologist (those with no more than 10 years of licensure)
  4. Training Director
  5. Senior Track (those with > 15 years of experience meeting specified criteria)
  6. Psychologist who is already Board certified

There are many reasons to consider ABCFP board certification. Board certification demonstrates your competence in the specialty to clients, colleagues, employers, and courts. Obtaining the ABPP also models postdoctoral certification and professional development for students and trainees. Board certification is increasingly required for psychologists working in hospital systems. Finally, the ABPP is often viewed as an example of excellent clinical service for psychologists seeking promotion in academic settings.
The American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology is attempting to reduce significant financial barriers to board certification. Please review the grants offered by our Academy to see if you are eligible.

Our board is committed to creation of a positive and professional application and examination process. If you decide to pursue board certification, you may have a mentor assigned to assist you through the process. Psychologists who have gone through the board certification process have found the mentoring experience to be very helpful.

We appreciate your interest in board certification in Couple and Family Psychology. Please contact any member of the ABCFP board, found on our Specialty Board Officer’s page, if you have any questions or concerns about the process. We are happy to respond to your inquiries.

Marianne Celano, PhD, ABPP
President, American Board of Couple and Family Psychology