Couple & Family Psychology

The American Board of Couple and Family Psychology (ABCFP) is a member board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). The ABCFP is responsible for establishing criteria related to the definition, education, training, competencies, and the examination leading to certification as a specialist in Couple and Family psychology. The Board membership includes only members board certified in Couple and Family psychology and representative of the specialty on a national basis.


Couple and Family Psychology is a broad and general specialty in professional psychology that is founded on a systemic epistemology, including explicit awareness of the importance of context, diversity, and developmental perspectives, to understand, assess, and treat the comprehensive issues of psychological health and pathology, including affective, cognitive, behavioral, and dynamic factors across individuals, couples, families, and larger social systems. The crucial element of the specialty is a thorough systemic conceptualization and the application of systemic concepts to human behavior. CFP includes a body of knowledge and evidence-based interventions that require specialty competence (Stanton & Welsh, 2011).


To apply for board certification in Couple and Family Psychology:

1) Please review the Generic Requirements and the Specialty Specific Requirements

2) Complete the Online Application

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