Recognizing and Promoting Advanced Competence within the Specialty of Clinical Psychology
Becoming Board Certified in Clinical Psychology through the American Board of Clinical Psychology is an important professional commitment. The decision to pursue Board Certification has many professional benefits. One of the many outstanding reasons(*) for becoming Board Certified is the recognition of your professional knowledge and skills:
In a recent article, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities were rated by the public. It is noteworthy that overall, becoming ABPP specialty certified was rated as the most important CPD activity “that contributed most significantly….to the collective objectives of….maintaining competence, improving services, and protecting the public. “ p. 143 (Taylor, J.M., Neimeyer, G.J. (2015). Public Perceptions of Psychologists’ Professional Development Activities: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice (2015, 46 (2), 140-146.)
As a psychologist who is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology, there are a number of reasons to take the next step and become a member of AACP. Fortunately, this next step is much faster and easier than preparing for the board certification exam! Our AACP website shows a list of Member Benefits.
By joining the AACP, you will have access to many additional professional benefits – some of which include:
These are just some of the benefits of board certification and membership in the American Academy of Clinical Psychology. Please look around our website and contact us if you have questions or feedback. We look forward to having you in our professional community where you will have, among other things: a) a means to interact with professional peers, b) an opportunity to share your work with colleagues through our Bulletin and our Blog, c) recognition for your accomplishments when you send us your “member news,” and d) opportunities for continuing professional development and professional learning. We look forward to your participation!
Mary Ann Norfleet, Ph.D., ABPP
(*)For addition information about Board Certification in Clinical Psychology, please see the pages under the Board Certification menu tab on our American Academy of Clinical Psychology website.