Description: The American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) has been certifying psychologists for over 60 years in 13 specialty areas. This book describes the process of becoming board certified by the ABPP.
Purpose: The editors state they wanted "to demystify the process and encourage all qualified psychologists who offer professional services in any of our 13 specialties to seek board certification."
Audience: Intended for psychologists who wish to learn more about becoming certified, the book is written by board-certified psychologists who obviously understand the process. The editors are all past presidents of the ABPP.
Features: This book begins with the history of the ABPP, which was established in 1947. It then answers various questions about board certification, including why psychologists should seek it and how to prepare for it. The book organizes the certification process in a step-by-step manner and includes vignettes highlighting the appeals process and a chapter discussing pitfalls. The book acts as a mentor, walking readers through the process. Although concise, the book contains everything readers need to understand the process and allay their fears.
Assessment: This excellent book does a good job of taking readers through the certification process. The authors encourage competent psychologists to become board certified in order to inspire more confidence in the general public. They also note this will help enhance employment opportunities and financial compensation.