The American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology (ABRP) is a member board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). The ABPP oversees and authorizes the credentialing activities of thirteen specialty boards. The ABRP is responsible for establishing criteria related to the definition and requirements for education, training, competencies, and the examination, which leads to Board Certification in Rehabilitation Psychology. The ABRP is governed by a Board of Directors who are certified in Rehabilitation Psychology and are representative of the specialty on a national basis.
The Board, in association with the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), is responsible for conducting Board examinations in the specialty of Rehabilitation Psychology, mentoring and training examiners, and awarding the Diploma in Rehabilitation Psychology. Board Certification by ABRP, is intended to certify that the successful candidate has completed the educational, training and experience requirements of the specialty, including an examination designed to assess the competencies required to provide quality services in the specialty of Rehabilitation Psychology. The primary objective of the ABRP Board Certification process is to recognize, certify, and promote competence in the specialty.
Rehabilitation Psychology is a specialty area within professional psychology which assists the individual with an injury or illness which may be chronic, traumatic and/or congenital, including the family, in achieving optimal physical, psychological and interpersonal functioning. The focus of rehabilitation psychology is on the provision of services consistent with the level of impairment, disability and handicap relative to the personal preferences, needs and resources of the individual with a disability. The rehabilitation psychologist consistently involves interdisciplinary teamwork as a condition of practice and services within a network of biological, psychological, social, environmental and political considerations in order to achieve optimal rehabilitation goals.
The process of attaining board certification in Rehabilitation Psychology is similar to most other ABPP specialties, requiring submission of an applications and credentials to determine if eligibility criteria are met, submission and review of practice samples and successful completion of an Oral Examination. ABRP was one of the first ABPP Boards to employ a mentoring process to assist and guide candidates through the entire process of application, practice sample and Oral Examination.
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