Welcome - from the President

Allison Waterworth, PsyD, ABPP

Welcome to the American Board of Couple and Family Psychology (ABCFP) website. ABCFP is a specialty board member of the American Board of Professional Psychology representing the practice of Couple and Family Psychology.


Board certification in Couple and Family psychology is based on demonstrating knowledge, skills, and experience in the foundational and functional competencies of the specialty.  In addition, Couple and Family Psychologist have a strong identity in the specialty area.


If you are a psychologist interested in board certification in Couple and Family Psychology, I would encourage you to select the blue “Couple & Family Psychology” link in the column to the left in order to download and review the ABCFP materials. There are three pathways to demonstrate specialty education, training, and experience, including the Senior Track for individuals with over 15 years of experience who meet specified criteria.


If you are a clinician involved in educating and training psychology students in a predoctoral or postdoctoral venue that includes a Couple and Family Psychology emphasis, we invite you to consider ABCFP board certification.  If you are a faculty member in a doctoral program that includes a Couple and Family Psychology track, we encourage you to consider board certification as a demonstration of your competence in the specialty and as part of your modeling of postdoctoral certification. Finally, we encourage you to enlist your students in the ABPP Early Entry Program (see below).


If you are a pre-licensure individual (student or recent graduate) of a program that included a track or emphasis in Couple and Family Psychology, we encourage you to start the process of progression toward board certification through ABPP at a reduced fee. See information on the Early Entry Program and start the process now.


Our board is committed to creation of a positive and professional application and examination process. If you decide to pursue board certification, you may have a mentor assigned to assist you through the process, if you so desire.


We appreciate your interest in board certification in Couple and Family Psychology. Please contact any member of the ABCFP board if you have any questions or concerns about the process. We are happy to respond to your inquiries.


Allison Waterworth, PsyD, ABPP

President, American Board of Couple and Family Psychology


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