To apply for board certification in Geropsychology:
2) Complete the Online Application
ABGERO requirements specific to specialization in Geropsychology consist of:
1. Initial Screening for Eligibility as a Candidate by the ABGERO
2. Submission and favorable review of the Practice Sample (i.e., Professional Self-Study Statement & Work Examples)
3. A successful Oral Examination based in part on material presented in the Practice Sample
Eligibility criteria specific to the specialization in Geropsychology include the following requirements:
1. Formal training in Geropsychology: One year of formal, full-time supervised training in Geropsychology or its equivalent (2000 hours) as determined by the ABGERO:
2. Informal training in Geropsychology: Documented, supervised training in Geropsychology that totals 3,000 hours or more:
Self-identity as a geropsychologist with at least two years of full-time post-licensure employment (or its part-time equivalent) as a psychologist, with at least one year devoted to professional services to older adults. Such services may include direct independent provision of clinical services (e.g., being in private practice or employed by a geriatric consulting group doing assessment/treatment of older adults); teaching/in service education/supervision of students or geriatric mental health professionals (e.g., teaching gerontological courses in a university; consultation with a long term care institution regarding residents with behavior problems); administrative duties in a geriatric organization (e.g., director of an institute of gerontology; executive leadership within a gerontological organization); conducting applied gerontological mental health research; or other geriatric mental health services as deemed acceptable by the board.
Senior Psychologist Option: Candidates who are able to document 15 or more years of continuous and substantial post-licensure activity in the specialty of Geropsychology may qualify for the Senior Psychologist Option if there is evidence of significant contributions to the field of Geropsychology.