Welcome to the American Academy of Couple and Family Psychology. This year has been very exciting with the Academy working very closely with Division 43 and the American Board of Couple and Family Psychology. Strong emphasis and efforts have gone into recruiting early career psychologists to become board certified. This summer the Board approved several initiatives to support early career psychologists and academics in couple and family psychology. The goal is to have certification in couple and family psychology as the gold standard recognized by fellow providers and the public in treating couples and families. As couple and family psychologists the focus is on treating individuals, couples, and families in the context in which they live and recognizing the many different levels of systemic interaction. The skills and training are complex, requiring psychologists to have advanced training in treating couples and families. Board certification identifies this advanced training. This recognition is even more necessary with the evolving healthcare mandates.
This coming year, we will continue to develop the recognition of board certification as the standard of care for psychologists treating couples and families, recruiting early career psychologists, and continuing the collaborative relationships with systemic training programs in psychology.
June 22-24 2017 there will be a conference in Evanston, Il “Crossroads of Couple and Family Psychology: A Foundation for Future Real-World Practice.” The conference is sponsored by the Society for Couple and Family Psychology Division 43, The Academy of Couple and Family Psychology, the American Board of Couple and Family Psychology, the International Academy of Family Psychology and the Family Institute at Northwestern University. For more information, please visit www.family-institute.org/research/crossroads.
I look forward to seeing you all there as we advance the recognition of board certification as the standard of care for couples and families.
Chris Tobey, PhD, ABPP