Becoming Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology

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Christine Maguth Nezu, A.J Finch, Jr., Norma P. Simon
OUP USA, Jul 30, 2009 - Psychology - 174 pages
For the past 60 years, the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) has been the premier credentialing agency for psychologists. ABPP is increasingly recognized as a highly valuable standard of specialty competency through the board certification process. For specialty recognition, some jurisdictions require ABPP certification, with more states getting involved each year. Additionally, there is increasing recognition of the importance of the ABPP credential by employers such as hospitals and health service systems, and organizations such as the US Public Health Service, the US Department of Defense, and the Department of Veteran Affairs. This edited book provides a comprehensive description and hands-on, practical guide for individuals seeking certification from any one of the 13 specialty boards of the American Board of Professional Psychology. The book contains answers to frequent areas of inquiry and questions posed by potential candidates. In addition to providing a brief description of the history and mission of ABPP, the book offers step-by-step information concerning the "where, what, and how" of the board certification process. Finally, never-before offered information is provided, such as what pitfalls to avoid, and how to get further involved in the profession as a board certified psychologist.
 

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Contents

A Brief History of the American Board of Professional Psychology
3
2 Why Seek Board Certification?
27
A CompetencyBased Perspective
37
4 When to Start the Process
47
5 Finding the Right Board Certification for You
55
6 How to Prepare for the Written Examinations in Clinical Neuropsychology and Forensic Psychology
67
7 Preparing the Practice Sample
83
8 Working With a BoardCertified Mentor in the Specialty
97
9 How to Prepare for the Oral Exam
103
10 The Oral Exam Experience
115
11 The Appeals Process
129
12 Giving Back to the ABPP
141
13 Professional Development and Lifelong Learning
155
14 Pitfalls to Avoid
163
References
169
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Christine Maguth Nezu, Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor of Psychology and Medicine at Drexel University. She is President of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), a member of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, and a Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

A. J Finch, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP, is Professor of Psychology and former Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at The Citadel. He is the current Past-President of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and a member of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He is former President of the American Board of Clinical Psychology.

Norma P. Simon, Ed.D., ABPP, is a past President of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), as well as Former President of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, Emeritus Director of Training Programs for the New Hope Guild Centers, New York. She also maintained a private practice in New York City for many years.

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