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1Board Certification in Clinical Psychology: Demystifying the ABPP Process M. Victoria Ingram, Psy.D., ABPPPresident, American Board of Clinical PsychologyABCP Director, Mideast Region and Uniformed MembersABPP Board of Trustees
2???If your primary care doc said “You need to see a Cardiologist,” would you want to see a Board Certified Cardiologist or a Non-Board Certified Cardiologist?Answer:X Board Certified Cardiologist____ Non-Board Certified Cardiologist
3???If your primary care doc said “You need to see a Psychologist,” would you want to see a Board Certified Psychologist or a Non-Board Certified Psychologist?Answer:? Board Certified Psychologist__?_ Non-Board Certified Psychologist
4The General PublicKnows that Board Certified is better than Non-Board CertifiedDoes not know the difference between psychologists and physicians
5Hallmarks of a Profession Practitioners provide services perceived by the public as valuable and necessaryServices are based on a body of knowledgeThe methods, techniques, and procedures used by practitioners derive from the knowledge baseSociety recognizes the profession through legislative action and enactment of licensing or certification statutesThe profession voluntarily develops self-regulatory mechanisms (accreditation of training programs, ethical codes, board certification of specialists)
6The Credentialing Continuum Accredited Doctoral ProgramAccredited InternshipPost-doctoral Residency(optional)Licensed by State or ProvinceIdentified as Health Service Provider?Board Certified in Area of Specialty Practice
7Professional Certification To certify something as true, accurate, or genuine connotes that a standard has been met and that evidence exists supporting this conclusion“Board certified” connotes practitioners with documented competence skills in defined areas of professional practiceThis certification is voluntary and presumes that basic skills have already been recognized via statutory licensing
8Examples of Board Certification in Related Professions Medicine has a history of board certification dating from the early 20th Century and the American Board of Medical Specialties has 24 affiliated specialty examining boardsIn 1999, the ABMS reported that 89% of licensed physicians were certified in one or more medical specialties (compared to less than 5% of psychologists in 2007)
9Examples of Board Certification in Related Professions The National Board for Certified Counselors offers certification in mental health counseling, school counseling, and addictions counselingIn 1998, Social Work board certification was established through the Office of Quality Assurance of NASW with certificates in case management; alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; school social work; and advanced clinical practice
10Specialty Certification in Psychology The American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology was established in 1947 with the support of the American Psychological AssociationThree “fields of certification” were identified initially:Clinical PsychologyPersonnel–Industrial Psychology (no longer a board – but there is Organization and Business)Personnel–Educational Psychology (no longer a board – but there is School)
11Specialty Certification in Psychology In 1968 the name was shortened to the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), and School Psychology was recognized as a fourth specialtyIn 1984 and 1985, the American Boards of Clinical Neuropsychology and Forensic Psychology were accepted under an enlarging ABPP umbrella
12Specialty Certification in Psychology ABPP expanded rapidly during the 1990s and into the 21st Century with the recognition and affiliation of a number of different boards
13Specialty Certification in Psychology ABPPExists through its Board of Trustees as a unitary governing body coordinating the efforts of 13 affiliated specialty examining boardsAssures the establishment, implementation, and maintenance of specialty standards and examinations by its member boardsServes the public needs by providing oversight certifying psychologists competent to deliver high quality services in various specialty areas of psychology
1413 Recognized Specialties in ABPP, 2010 Clinical Child and AdolescentClinicalClinical HealthClinical NeuropsychologyCognitive and BehavioralCounselingCouples and FamilyForensicGroupOrganization and BusinessPsychoanalysisRehabilitationSchool
15Specialty Certification in Psychology A Specialty is a defined area in the practice of psychology that connotes specialty competency acquired through an organized sequence of formal education, training, and experienceThe practice activities in any specialty seldom are exclusive to the specialty and most practice activities are shared with the general practice of professional psychologyThe pattern of practice activities, including limiting the scope of practice, and focusing upon more complex or unique problems or technologies is more relevant in defining a specialty together with advanced education, training, and experience
16Ongoing Growth & Development Development of the Subspecialty- Child Neuropsychology- Military Psychology??- Clinical Psychopharmacology- ??* YOUTask Force on Special Considerations Regarding ABPP Exams for Psychologists in the Military or Recently Returned
17Vanity Boards, Quasi Certification, and Separating theWheat from the Chaff All professions suffer from this problem, some more than othersPsychology’s “frontier mentality” has facilitated the phenomenonThere are nine principles for identifying legitimate and bona fide psychology specialty boards
18Vanity Boards, Quasi Certification, and Separating the Wheat from the Chaff 1. The specialty is represented by an independently incorporated examining board that has a stable history, is national in scope, and reflects the current development of the specialty2. The specialty examining board is affiliated with a multi-board credentialing organization that is national in scope and representative of the broader profession3. The examining board has a history of association and interaction with recognized general and specialty-specific professional organizations relevant to the practice of the specialty
19Vanity Boards, Quasi Certification, and Separating the Wheat from the Chaff 4. Several psychologists serve on the board who are licensed and credentialed in the specialty and whose credentials are open to inspection by the public5. Professional peer review permeates all of the board’s procedures for evaluating applicants’ qualifications (e.g., reviews of applicant credentials, evaluation of professional work samples, conduct of competency examinations6. The prerequisite education, training, and experience standards necessary for specialty practice are defined clearly and implemented consistently
20Vanity Boards, Quasi Certification, and Separating the Wheat from the Chaff 7. Candidates are required to submit work products and samples of professional practice in the specialty that are evaluated by professional peers with documented expertise in the specialty8. All candidates complete written and/or oral examinations of substance and credibility that are conducted by board certified professional peers where competence in the practice of the specialty is demonstrated9. Bona fide specialty examination boards do not employ “grandparenting” procedures that allow waiver of examination or work sample evaluations, nor do they have histories of repeated extensions of grandparenting waivers
21ABPP VALUE STATEMENTBoard Certification through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) provides peer and public recognition of demonstrated competence in one of it's thirteen affiliated specialty areas. Additionally, Board Certification through ABPP provides the professional with increased opportunities for career growth, including employability, mobility, and financial compensation.
22Why Get Board Certified in Psychology? Preparing for and participation in the board certification process provides peoplethe opportunity to consolidate own learning and perspectivethe chance to articulate own views and perspectives in a more advanced and sophisticated waya structure to facilitate self-assessmentan important continuing professional education opportunity (CE credits actually awarded)more mobility opportunities
23Why is Certification Necessary and Essential in Psychology? The generic nature of psychology licensing in North America presumes additional professional self-regulation of specialty practice ****The exponential growth of psychological knowledge leaves no alternative but specializationOur work environments impel us to specialize
24Why is Certification Necessary and Essential in Psychology? Our professional context reinforces the need for specializationProtecting the public from charlatans and the ill-prepared requires personal and professional self-regulationCredential is understood by other professionals and the publicSupport the profession
25Why Get Board Certified in Psychology? Highest credential for a psychologist and denotes an advanced level of competence (knowledge, skills, attitudes)“Final examination" that gives our students, the profession, and the public that extra confidence one gets when being referred to as a board-certified specialist
26American Board of Clinical Psychology (ABCP) Specialty board of ABPPExamination in Clinical Psychology, for Board Certification by ABCP certifies that the successful candidate has completed the educational, training, and experience requirements of the specialty, including an examination assessing the competencies required to provide quality service in clinical psychology
27Standards for Award of Board Certification by ABCP ABCP expects that most clinical psychologists should qualify for board certificationRequirements are reasonable and reachable with a modest amount of effort
28Eligibility Requirements Degree (Generic): A doctoral degree from a program in professional psychology which at the time the degree was granted, was accredited by the APA or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), ORA doctoral which at the time the degree was granted was from a program listed in the publication Doctoral Psychology Programs Meeting Designated Criteria
29OR THE (Generic) DEGREE REQUIREMENT CAN BE MET IF: The applicant is credentialed as a health service provider in the current Directory of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (NRHSPP), or the current Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (CRHSPP), ORThe applicant holds a current Certificate of Professional Qualifications in Psychology (CPQ) from the Association of State and Provincial PsychologyBoards (ASPPB), ORThe applicant holds a doctoral degree in psychology and has subsequently been certified as completing the requirements of a formal, doctoral level, professional program that meets the APA accreditation requirements in clinical, counseling, or school psychology (re-education-often referred to as re-specialization).The applicant qualifies for an individualized exception review. Individualized exception reviews are available for degrees granted outside the U.S. or Canada, doctoral degrees granted prior to 1983, or for applicants claiming equivalent doctoral degree and program requirements. Such exceptions are coordinated through the ABPP Executive Office and the appropriate specialty board.
30Eligibility Requirements Degree (Clinical Specialty): In addition to the generic foundation requirements delineated above, the Clinical Psychology specialty requires completion of an organized doctoral education and training program in Clinical Psychology, which includes an internship. The specialty also requires postdoctoral supervised practice and experience in the specialty. The specialty’s specific program requirements are met if:The doctoral degree program was in Clinical Psychology from a program accredited by the APA or CPA.The doctoral degree program qualifies as equivalent to an APA or CPA accredited program in clinical psychology as determined by the ABCP.The doctoral degree is from a nonprofessional program in psychology, with an additional certification that the applicant has completed at least a two year doctoral level re-education program (including an internship) designed to meet APA or CPA accreditation requirements in Clinical Psychology.The doctoral degree program was in a counseling or school psychology program accredited by the APA or CPA (see additional experience requirements – E.2.)
31Eligibility Requirements Licensure (Generic): The Applicant must be licensed or certified as a psychologist at the independent practice level by the State, Province, or Territory of the U.S. or Canada in which the psychologist practices.Exceptions for the above are recognized for: (a) active duty federal uniformed service psychologists when practicing in those roles, or (b) organizational and business consulting psychologists (I/O) if the specialty’s scope of practice is excluded from statutory licensure or certification.
32Eligibility Requirements Internship (Clinical Specialty): A one year full-time or two year half-time internship program is required. The internship requirement is met if:Accredited by the APA or CPAListed in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) Directory for the year the internship was completedThe applicant is listed in the NRHSPP or CRHSPP Directory or holds the CPQ
33Eligibility Requirements Postdoctoral Experience and Supervision (Specialty) The postdoctoral requirements include the following for individuals whose degree is from an APA or CPA accredited program in Clinical Psychology:One year of post-doctoral supervision in Clinical Psychology in asuccessfully completed, post-doctoral training program in ProfessionalPsychology that is accredited by the APA or CPA or from an APPICmember programORTwo years total of postdoctoral experience, one of which was supervised (minimum of one hour per week of supervision was conducted face-to-face by a licensed psychologist)Any variance from this requirement will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
34Eligibility Requirements Postdoctoral Experience and Supervision (Specialty) Individuals whose degree is from an APA or CPA accredited program in Counseling or School Psychology or a Combined Program or have a doctoral degree in professional psychology from a program listed as a designated doctoral program in psychology by ASPPB/NRSPP must:have had five years post-doctoral experience as a Clinical Psychologist. One of the five years must have been supervised by a Clinical Psychologist, AND demonstrate self-identification as a Clinical Psychologist and an expected continued identification with the specialtyORsuccessful completion of an APA or CPA accredited or APPIC member postdoctoral residency/fellowship program in professional psychology
35Eligibility Requirements: Senior Psychologist Option 15 years or more post-doctorate experience (years count from the receipt of the license)Complete Professional Statement and Practice Sample that discuss contribution to clinical psychology (clinical practice, publications, teaching, training, clinical research project)Submit additional written products that form the basis of an interesting discussion among peersWork samples (as described below) are NOT required
36Application and Review Process Submit Application Form, application fee, and credentials to ABPP Central Office who verify credentials (Stage I – Credentials Review)ABCP Credentials Review Committee conducts evaluation for specialty requirements and may ask for additional informationNotified of approvalBegin preparing practice sample – 3 copies of which must be received within 12 months of credentials acceptance and must be accompanied by examination fee
37Application and Review Process Practice Sample Curriculum VitaeProfessional Statement (read requirements in the manual*)Work samplesEach provides the Candidate the opportunity to communicate about him/her self as a Clinical Psychologist and serves as the basis for discussion in the opening portion of the Oral Examination. Also is used to evaluate the performance in COMPENTENCIES.
38Application and Review Process Practice sample is reviewed for completeness and then forwarded to Regional Board MemberRegional Board Member guided by the Professional Statement, selects a Chair and together they select 2 committee members and inform the candidateThe 3 committee members review the practice samples (Practice Sample – Stage II). If the Practice Sample Stage is passed (2 independent passes) –Oral examination is held with same 3 member committee (Oral Examination -Stage III)
39Application and Review Process Notification of outcome by ABPP Central OfficeSuccessful Candidates receive a congratulatory letter from ABPP and the President of ABCPABPP Convocation at APA annual convention
40Application and Review Process Notification of outcome by ABPP Central OfficeCandidates who fail receive a report from the Examination Committee that documents the outcome and rationale, identifies specific areas of weakness and suggestions for improvement, and identifies specific areas of strength and competence
41Why do some “Fail?” Failure rates – ABCP vs. other Specialty Boards Recent reasons for failure at Practice Sample stage#1 reason – Not reading and following the current exam manual directions; sloppy attention to detailInsufficient material in submission to assessSenior sampleBreach of confidentiality/Violation of HIPPAElectronic Medical RecordsSending in the signed tape releaseOral Exam stageA special note on professional appearance of work sample
42COMPETENCIES:1) Science Base and Application – Provide evidence for ways you use or contribute to the current science base by either: (a) evidence base that informs your practice, or (b) own clinical-research2) Assessment3) Intervention4) Consultation5) Supervision/Teaching/Management (If Applicable – NOT REQUIRED FOR ALL CANDIDATES)
43COMPETENCIES: 6. Interpersonal Interactions 7. Individual and Cultural Diversity8. Ethical and Legal Foundations9. Professional Identification* Guidelines for professional statement and scoring Form are both in the manual!
44Work Sample: Videotape Samples 2 taped samples of professional work – recorded in a continuous, unedited 50 minute run at standard 2 hour speed; both individuals visible!3 copies of a single cassette/DVD with both topicsEach sample ~ 50 minutes in lengthGood audio and video quality is essentialTyped verbal transcripts (3 copies) if taping problems
45Work Sample: Videotape Samples Choose two of the following four:Unrehearsed assessment (1st 50 minutes including rapport building, not just administration of tests)Unrehearsed interventionUnrehearsed consultationUnrehearsed supervision or managementMay not use same client/patient or specific setting/context for both samplesEach written sample should be words
46Practice Sample: Videotape Samples Do not need to provide exemplary work or gold standard session, just your usual good workUse work samples that reflect the work you actually doWork conducted no more than 6 months prior to submission
47Practice Sample: Videotapes Must obtain Client/Patient Consent Forms as part of the videotape processRemove all identifiers from all materials!!!
48Practice Sample: Assessment Contextual statement - Date of contacts, descriptive information, presenting problem, brief historyRationale for procedures usedCopies of raw data, protocols, and computer printouts (if applicable)Formulation and discussion of problemDiagnosesRecommendationsDiscussion of diversity and ethical and legal issuesSelf-reflective commentaryCopy of report
49Practice Sample: Intervention Contextual statement - Dates of contacts, session #, non-identifying description and history, presenting problem, course of treatment, diagnosesRationale for interventions used and intervention goalsFormulation and discussion of interventionDiscussion of diversity and ethical and legal issuesSelf-reflective commentaryCopy of report (if applicable)
50Practice Sample: Consultation Contextual statement - Dates of consultation contacts, non-identifying description of consultation context, purpose and goals of consultation, brief history of consultationRationale for consultation activities usedFormulation and discussion of consultationDiscussion of diversity and ethical and legal issuesSelf-reflective commentaryCopy of report (if applicable)
51Practice Sample: Supervision or Management Contextual statement - Dates of contacts, description of context, purpose and goals of supervision or management activities, brief history of supervision or management activitiesRationale for supervision or management activities usedFormulation and discussion of supervision or management activitiesDiscussion of diversity and ethical and legal issuesSelf-reflective commentaryCopy of report (if applicable)
52Oral Examination3 hours scheduled at mutually convenient time and place (*recently less “convenient”)Standard structure with some flexibilitySignificant variations in format and schedule must be mutually agreed upon between Candidate and Chair and documented in a signed written statement stipulating that these will not serve as grounds for appeal of failed examination
53Oral Examination: Summary Schedule Team Meets & OrganizesTeam Greets CandidateExamination on Curriculum Vitae, Professional Statement (science base and application, assessment, intervention, consultation, supervision/teaching/management – the latter if applicable) and Practice Sample associated with the aforementioned competency domainsBreakExamination on interpersonal interactions, individual and cultural diversity, ethics and legal foundations, and professional identification (includes 10 minutes to review ethical vignettes)Exam wrap-up and DiscussionCommittee Votes, Completes Forms, Writes Report109045
54Ethics Vignettes Standardized vignettes are selected at random Given 1 (sometimes 2) standardized vignette to discussDo not necessarily expect right answer, but a presentation of relevant options and a demonstration of the ability to thoughtfully weigh them in light of APA ethics principles, professional practice standards, relevant statutesVignettes are treated as confidential and returned
55Where From HereDownload the Examination Manual from the website (www.abpp.org)Get a mentor – I can facilitate this processForm a study groupRead the Monitor and the American Psychologist and more!
56FeesTotal = $825.00Application fee - $125.00Practice examination fee - $250.00Oral examination fee - $450.00For individuals who have an ABPP in another specialty, the $ application fee is waived***Early entry program!
58DuesABPP (required)$165 – regular$35 - retiredAmerican Academy of Clinical Psychology (recommended)Year 1 - $100Subsequent Years - $75
59Current Board Certification Pay The monthly rates payable are:Less than 10 years of creditable service……$166.6610 but less than 12 years of creditable service…$208.3312 but less than 14 years of creditable service…$250.0014 but less than 18 years of creditable service…$333.3318 or more years of creditable service………$416.66
60CLOSINGContact Victoria Ingram, Psy.D., ABPP with questionsGood luck and enjoy the process!!!