Becoming Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology

Overview

For the past 60 years, the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) has been the premier credentialing agency for psychologists. ABPP is increasingly recognized as a highly valuable standard of specialty competency through the board certification process. For specialty recognition, some jurisdictions require ABPP certification, with more states getting involved each year. Additionally, there is increasing recognition of the importance of the ABPP credential by employers such as hospitals and health ...

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Overview

For the past 60 years, the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) has been the premier credentialing agency for psychologists. ABPP is increasingly recognized as a highly valuable standard of specialty competency through the board certification process. For specialty recognition, some jurisdictions require ABPP certification, with more states getting involved each year. Additionally, there is increasing recognition of the importance of the ABPP credential by employers such as hospitals and health service systems, and organizations such as the US Public Health Service, the US Department of Defense, and the Department of Veteran Affairs.

This edited book provides a comprehensive description and hands-on, practical guide for individuals seeking certification from any one of the 13 specialty boards of the American Board of Professional Psychology. The book contains answers to frequent areas of inquiry and questions posed by potential candidates. In addition to providing a brief description of the history and mission of ABPP, the book offers step-by-step information concerning the "where, what, and how" of the board certification process. Finally, never-before offered information is provided, such as what pitfalls to avoid, and how to get further involved in the profession as a board certified psychologist.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195372434
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Christine Maguth Nezu, Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor of Psychology and Medicine at Drexel University. She is President of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), a member of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, and a Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

A. J Finch, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor of Psychology and former Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at The Citadel. He is the current Past-President of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and a member of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He is former President of the American Board of Clinical Psychology.

Norma P. Simon, Ed.D., ABPP, is a past President of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), as well as Former President of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, Emeritus Director of Training Programs for the New Hope Guild Centers, New York. She also maintained a private practice in New York City for many years.

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Table of Contents

Contributors ix

Preface xiii

1 Who We Are: A Brief History of the American Board of Professional Psychology Russell J. Bent Ralph E. (Ted) Packard Robert W. Goldberg 3

2 Why Seek Board Certification? Christine Maguth Nezu 27

3 Board Certification: A Competency-Based Perspective Nadine J. Kaslow M. Victoria Ingram 37

4 When to Start the Process David R. Cox 47

5 Finding the Right Board Certification for You Thomas J. Boll 55

6 How to Prepare for the Written Examinations in Clinical Neuropsychology and Forensic Psychology Gregory P. Lee Randy K. Otto 67

7 Preparing the Practice Sample Charme Sturkie Davidson 83

8 Working With a Board-Certified Mentor in the Specialty Joseph E. Talley 97

9 How to Prepare for the Oral Exam Florence W. Kaslow 103

10 The Oral Exam Experience Virginia DeRoma 115

11 The Appeals Process Linda S. Berberoglu Eric York Drogin 129

12 Giving Back to the ABPP W. Michael Nelson, III Kathleen J. Hart 141

13 Professional Development and Lifelong Learning A. J Finch, Jr. 155

14 Pitfalls to Avoid Arthur M. Nezu 163

References 169

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