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Dear Colleagues:

Yesterday, you received an email from Dr. Michael Tansy, President, American Board of Professional Psychology Board of Trustees announcing a change in the relationship between the American Board of Professional Psychology and the American Academy of Clinical Psychology.  We initiated disaffiliation procedures on January 11, 2017, and the Articles of Agreement by and between the two organizations specifies a 90 day notice.  Therefore, we were not intending an immediate disaffiliation; instead expecting 90 days to announce the change.  We were not consulted regarding the notification sent earlier today.  We apologize that we were not ahead of this.

The Academy Board will meet soon for a reorganization session and to further identify plans for the future.  It is important to note that your membership status will not change.  Whatever your membership status  is today will continue through the end of the year (2017).  Further, your certification is NOT impacted by this change.

 The American Board of Clinical Psychology (the examining Board) insisted on a “merger” with the American Academy of Clinical Psychology (your membership organization).  Although we worked hard to identify a workable arrangement that would benefit membership, we ultimately decided against a merger, feeling that it was not in the best interest of membership or the organization.

Years ago, the Board of Trustees of ABPP was given a legal opinion that examining boards and academies should be completely separate.  Later, because smaller academies could not function well and lacked resources, another opinion  was offered that indicated that there is no conflict of interest in having “merged” or “internal” academies.  The American Academy of Clinical Psychology intends to be entirely independent of the examining boards and the parent organization, the American Board of Professional Psychology, similar to the manner in which medical specialties operate.  We believe that independence from the over-arching organization provides membership organizational advantages.  For example, many of our colleagues enjoy mentoring others and encouraging board certification.  We envision, with reorganization, an association that allows membership by any qualified clinical psychologist whose license is in good standing to become a member with guidance and paths to board certification.  Of course, they will not be allowed to be full Members or eligible to be Fellows of the organization, but their association with an esteemed group is a significant advantage and resource for becoming board certified.

Again, we regret that there was notification that reached you before we had notice of opportunity to do so.  Be assured, that your membership is intact and that the Academy will continue to work in your interest.  As Dr. Tansy indicated in a subsequent email, this change has absolutely no impact on your certification.

According to Dr. Tansy, you will be offered an opportunity to join an “affiliated” academy that is driven by the examining board.  Whether or not you choose to belong to that organization, we truly hope that you will continue your membership with us.  We are the original American Academy of Clinical Psychology, Inc., established in 1993, and your continued support will insure its preservation.

Should you have any questions about the change or, more importantly, would like opportunities to be part of this exciting transition as a board or committee member, please contact me at

Most cordially,



Fred L. Alberts, Jr., Ph.D., ABPP


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The American Academy of Clinical Psychology is an independent membership association supporting board certification in the area of clinical psychology. The Academy is not affiliated with any other organization including the American Board of Professional Psychology.

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