American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)

Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology


Credential: Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)

Renewal Period: 1 year

The American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology certification emphasizes an experimental-clinical approach to the application of behavioral and cognitive sciences to understand human behavior and develop and evaluate interventions that improve the human condition. Behavioral and Cognitive Psychologists engage in research, education, training, and clinical practice regarding a wide range of problems and populations. Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology certification applicants are expected to be conversant in broad-based cognitive and behavioral psychology, however, applicants may apply (and be examined) in one or more of the following four areas of emphasis: Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Therapy, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Therapy. Applicants must meet education, licensure/certification, training and/or experience requirements, submit a practice sample, and pass an oral exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite: Licensed or certified as a Psychologist
  • Experience
  • Education: Doctoral
  • Training: Internship program and a one-year formal applicable post-doctoral training OR two years of applicable professional experience
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 1 year

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)

600 Market Street
Suite G3
Chapel Hill, NC  27516

Phone: (919) 537-8031

Email: office@abpp.org

Applicants must be licensed or certified as a psychologist in good standing at the independent practice level by a state, province, or territory of the U.S. or Canada.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree from a program in professional psychology that was accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) at the time the degree was granted OR a doctoral degree from a program meeting criteria outlined in the ABPP Standards Manual at the time the degree was granted.

Note: See The American Board of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology Manual for Applicants for other ways the degree requirement can be met.

Applicants must have documented coursework in behavioral and cognitive psychology during their graduate or post-doctoral training, which can be supplemented by post-doctoral Continuing Education activities.

Applicants must have completed an acceptable internship program (e.g., an APA accredited or APPIC member internship) and a one-year formal post-doctoral training experience predominantly in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology OR two years of professional experience primarily in behavioral and cognitive psychology.

Note: Documentation of relevant behavioral and cognitive psychology experience is represented by having been supervised in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology. In some cases supervision that is not part of a formal doctoral program can be substituted.

The Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology credential has the following other requirements:

  • It is expected that applicants belong to, and self-identify with, one or more of the major professional organizations in behavioral and cognitive psychology. Examples are the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI).

Applicants may apply (and be examined) in one or more of the following four areas of emphasis: Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Therapy, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Therapy. Optional exam topics include Supervision, Teaching, Advocacy, and Management-Administration. Applicants are expected to be competent in the optional areas when they are part of the applicant's practice.

Oral Exam Requirement

  • Ethical Legal Standards and Policy
  • Understanding of, and Sensitivity to, Individual and Cultural Diversity
  • Professionalism, Relationships, Interdisciplinary Systems, and Reflective Practice
  • Assessment
  • Intervention and Consultation
  • Evidence-Based Practice, Research/Evaluation, and Scientific Knowledge and Methods
  • Supervision (optional)
  • Teaching (optional)
  • Advocacy (optional)
  • Management-Administration (optional)

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology examination:

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RECERTIFICATION

Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology

Renewal Period: 1 year

The Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology credential has the following recertification information:

  • The Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology certification is renewed annually by completing an annual attestation form and paying an annual attestation fee. Certification holders must also complete Maintenance of Certification (MOC) every ten years.

Additional considerations for the Board Certified Specialist in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology include:

  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain an ABPP consultant (mentor) to help guide them through the process of practice sample submission and oral examination. Additional information can be found on the ABPP website.
  • ABPP has established specialized application type programs (e.g., Senior Psychologist, Early Entry). Additional information can be found on the ABPP website.

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