Dr. Lawrence Rubin’s Thoughts on the Certification Process
My journey to certification as a Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist has been circuitous, wending its way from a long-ago college Child Life internship, to my current dual role as a clinician and educator.
Acquiring knowledge came easy; clinical skills and experience less so, and self awareness and maturity the most challenging of lifelong tasks.
Certification as a Diplomate seemed, at the time, the logical next step in my professional evolution. My initial attempt was met with failure, followed by a minimum mandatory self-imposed period of wound licking.
The experience, as do all good failures, provided me, in retrospect, with a renewed impetus for personal and professional self evaluation, and an unintended and unforeseen opportunity for growth.
In the ensuing year, I read voluminously, acquainted and re-acquainted myself with best practices both within the field of psychology as well as in related disciplines. I critically reviewed my own clinical casework in order to determine if it was, both in general and specifically, in accordance with best practices. Where I found it lacking, I revisited and revised my practices. Along similar lines, I reinvigorated my clinical teaching and supervision, which in turn, motivated my students and supervisees to push themselves harder and toward more evidence-based goals.
Acquiring ABCCAP certification a year later provided my students a model for determination, my community an additional resource for professional expertise, and validated the true significance of the endeavor for me.