Specialty Definition

Group psychology is the application and practice of group theory, research, and technique to the assessment and intervention of problems and the enhancement of functioning to individuals, groups, organizations, or systems. Group psychologist specialists practice in health service applications and organizations as well as public and private agencies and business settings.

Board certification assures the public and the profession that the specialist in group psychology has met the education, training and experience requirements, as well as demonstrating the advanced competencies required by the specialty through an individualized, peer reviewed examination. The examination encompasses the following interrelated domains of professional competency.


Assessment and Intervention

The assessment and intervention competencies related to the practice of group psychology specialty are fundamental aspects of the examination. Two samples of the candidate’s practice are submitted and reviewed together with the candidate’s pattern of practice through his/her Professional Statement.

Science Base and Application


The science or discipline base of the specialty is the appropriate application of that base to the contemporary practice of group psychology, including the applicants awareness of theory and research pertaining to issues of diversity e.g., ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, family cultural issues, and family populations.

Ethics and Legal Foundations

The awareness and appropriate exercise of ethical and legal standard. This includes the APA Ethical Principles and current statutory provisions and case law precedents applicable for the protection of the interests of families, the profession, and society.

Professional Identification

The Candidate is expected to demonstrate meaningful involvement with the profession in general and the specialty in particular.

Consultation and Supervision

These competency areas have emerged as significant areas of practice for many specialties and are often applicable when the specialists pattern of practice include them in an important way.

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