American Academy of Clinical Psychology

Recognizing and Promoting Advanced Competence within the Speciality of Clinical Psychology

Calling all Clinical Psychologists: Become Board Certified and Join our Professional Community – as a Member or Fellow of AACP!

21 Oct 2015 12:47 PM | Anonymous

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:

  • Recognition of competence by universities, hospitals, health service systems, agencies, insurers, and the public. 

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:

  • Showing that you have attained a rigorous, independent certification of your clinical competence and you now continue to be involved in professional learning and interaction with professional peers who also have high levels of professional competence.
  • Having access to no-cost continuing education through the AACP Members CE portal on the website.
  • Obtaining discounted annual premiums for professional liability insurance from American Professional Agency, Inc.
  • Having access to the Academy website with "Members Only" access to member documents and resources.
  • Having the opportunity to share your news of professional accomplishments publicly -- in the Member News section of the Academy website.
  • Having the opportunity to be listed in our Member Directory.
  • Having the ability to link from the Directory to your personal professional website.
  • Having the opportunity for new Members and Fellows to have a press release sent to their local newspaper, announcing the awarding of Board Certification and/or Fellow status.
  • Receiving recognition of Board Certification as an aid to reciprocity of licensure by most licensing jurisdictions.
  • Receiving recognition by some universities and federal employers such as the U. S. Public Health Service and Department of Defense of justification for extra salary benefits (when funded)
  • Having a vehicle through which specialists in Clinical Psychology may be heard regarding mental health policy.

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.


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