Why Board Certification?

Why Should a Qualified Psychologist Attain Specialty Certification?

The clearest and most responsible way for a psychologist to represent herself/himself to the public, third-parties, and the profession as a specialist is to be certified through an organized peer process as meeting the standards and demonstrating the competencies required in the specialty. ABPP is the only non-profit professional unitary organization with multiple specialty board quality controls recognized by the profession as certifying specialty practitioners in psychology.  Over the past decade 10 new specialties have joined 3 traditional specialities which have been in the field for the past 55 years.  The new specialties have emerged through public needs and professional advancements.

Some of the rewards of specialty board certification include:

  • Recognition by employers such as the US Public Health Service and the US Department of Defense for salary bonus benefits.
  • Recognition by universities, hospitals, health service systems, agencies, and the public and can lead to promotion and salary benefit.
  •  Support for qualification as an expert witness.
  • Independent, rigorous verification that the standards and competencies required for the couple and family specialty area of psychology have been met.
  • Endorsement by most state licensing jurisdictions for reciprocity of ABPP Board Certification of licensure
  • Identification as a Board Certifed Specialist in the on-line directory,  a number of ABPP Academy directories, and the APA Membership directory as information to the public, third parties, and colleagues.
  • Membership as a Fellow of the Academy of CFP.
  • Participation in lifelong learning as an aspect of clinical practice
  • Participation in Specialty Board examinations and the election of Specialty Board members.
  • Invitation to attend and participate in the ABPP’s National Conference held during the APA National Convention.
  • Most importantly, a clear higher standard of the Couple and family professional practice for the general public.