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ABPS Diplomate Distinction

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DiplomateIn order to apply for Diplomate status in the American Board of Psychological Specialties, a professional must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a member in good standing with APA.
  • Have a doctoral degree in Psychology from a regionally accredited graduate program with a current valid license to practice psychology.
  • The applicant must not have been convicted of a felony or disciplined for an ethical violation in the last 10 years. The applicant must not be under investigation by any legal or licensing board.
  • Submit a copy of his or her curriculum vitae/professional résumé, indicating experience in the field. The documents are reviewed by a minimum of three members of the Executive Advisory Board.
  • Successful completion of the examination for the division of ABPS to which they are applying.
    • Behavioral Science
    • Child Custody
    • Child Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Marriage and Family Psychology
    • Education and School Psychology
    • Counseling Psychology
    • Forensic Psychology
    • Hypnosis
    • Medical Psychology
    • Neuropsychology
    • Psychological Disabilities
    • Psychoanalysis
    • Psychotherapy
    • Psychopharmacology
    • Sexual Abuse Psychology
    • Rehabilitation Psychology
    • Trauma/PTSD
    • Substance Abuse Psychology
    • Psychological Assessment, Evaluation, and Testing

Diplomates are expected to complete 15 hours of continuing education (CE) per year from the American Psychotherapy Association or an equivalent organization.

For more information or for help with the application process please call tolls free (800) 205-9165 or by e-mail.

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