Becoming Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology

Becoming Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology

by Christine Maguth Nezu, Jr. Finch, Norma P. Simon, and Norma P. Simon
     
 

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

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In summary, this is a well-crafted guidebook for anyone considering the process of becoming board certified. This resource is something that could have been used by thousands of applicants over the past 50 years who might have benefited from the excellent knowledge about the process of becoming board certified. I, for one, wish that this book had been available years ago when I was preparing for my boards. In my opinion, this comprehensive guidebook is a must-read for anyone considering the pursuit of certification with ABPP. It is sure to answer all of the questions of even the most reluctant and inquisitive applicants. This brief, 174 page text is well-written in a concise and enjoyable fashion. The editors and authors are to be thoroughly commended for doing an outstanding job."—Frank M. Dattilio, Ph.D., ABPP, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, in Journal of Forensic Psychology

"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."—Doody's

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, PsyD (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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195372434
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/30/2009
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
872,592
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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