The specialty of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology emphasizes an experimental-clinical approach to the application of behavioral and cognitive sciences to understand human behavior and develop interventions that enhance the human condition. Cognitive and behavioral psychologists engage in research, education, training, and clinical practice regarding a wide range of problems and populations.
The distinct focus of cognitive and behavioral psychology is twofold: (a) its heavy reliance on an empirical approach; and (b) its theoretical grounding in learning and behavioral analysis theories, broadly defined, including respondent conditioning, operant learning, social learning, cognitive sciences, and information processing models of behavior. Currently, there are four sub-areas of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology that share theoretical foundations in learning theory and a common approach to case conceptualization. These are applied behavior analysis, behavior therapy, cognitive-behavior therapy, and cognitive therapy. Empiricism is a hallmark of all Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, and of each of these sub-areas. Consequently, good practice in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology relies heavily on those assessment and intervention procedures that have been found to be empirically supported.
To apply for board certification in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology:
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