Christine M. Dacey, Ph.D., ABPP
Welcome to the website of the American Board of Clinical Psychology (ABCP). ABCP is a member Specialty Board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Board certification provides recognition that a psychologist has met the standards and possesses the competencies required in his or her specialty. Our website provides information and direction regarding the board certification process in the specialty of Clinical Psychology.
If you are an individual seeking professional services of a board certified clinical psychologist, please use the Find a Board Certified Psychologist feature to locate a board certified clinical psychologist practicing in your area.
If you are a psychologist interested in seeking board certification in Clinical Psychology, I invite you to continue reading for information important to this process. Board certification is meant to be within the reach of most practitioners of professional psychology. The ABCP examination is intended to certify that the successful candidate has completed the education, training, and experience necessary to provide quality services in the specialty of Clinical Psychology. The examination process is inclusive and is based on the foundational and functional competencies of Clinical Psychology, as outlined in our Examination Manual. As you prepare for the examination, make sure to utilize the most current version of the Clinical Examination Manual. It is designed to demystify the certification process by providing explicit instructions for each stage of the exam process, delineating the examiners’ criteria for candidate evaluation, and offering passing and failing performance examples for each of the competencies.
If you are already an ABPP Specialist, you understand the importance of board certification to the public and to our profession. Your willingness to serve as an examiner in your region is one way to continue your commitment to the organization. I encourage you to volunteer as an examiner by contacting your Regional Coordinator. A sincere thank you to those already actively engaged in doing so. Consistent with the ABPP philosophy that all psychologists should demonstrate continuing competence in their specialty, ABPP has approved the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process to be put in place January, 2015. MOC will be required of all Specialists who are certified beginning January 1, 2015; those certified before this date are not required to participate but may voluntarily choose to participate. The ABCP Board is actively engaged in its preparations for implementing the MOC process. Further information is available to Specialists on the ABPP website.
For those of you who are early career Specialists (up to 10 years post-doctorate), please consider becoming actively involved in ABPP. Your perspective is valued and your voice is welcomed in shaping the direction for the board certification process. Please contact your Regional Coordinator to become involved as an examiner and/or feel free to provide input directly to the ABCP Board of Directors.
For those of you who are doctoral students, interns, or residents, you may be eligible to start the board certification process through the ABPP Early Entry Program. I realize you may feel adequately challenged by the current demands of your training program and, although you may value board certification conceptually, it may represent a goal to tackle “in the future.” However, participation in this option allows you to demonstrate your early commitment to lifelong professional development and identification. The application process is relatively painless and the cost is less than the usual application fee. As an Early Entry Member, you can start "banking" your education and training experiences, instead of later having to work to locate these necessary details. I encourage university faculty and training directors to share the benefits of this early entry option with their students.
In closing, we appreciate your interest in board certification. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly with input for the Board and/or if you have any questions about the board certification process in Clinical Psychology.
Christine M. Dacey, Ph.D., ABPP