Candidates for Board certification must meet both ABPP generic requirement as well as specialty-specific requirements.

1. Generic ABPP Requirements:

  • A doctoral degree from a program in professional psychology that at the time the degree was granted was accredited by the APA or CPA, or was listed in the publication Doctoral Psychology Programs Meeting Designation Criteria. Applicants listed in the most recent directory of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology quality as meeting the doctoral degree requirements as well as those holding the Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology.
  • Licensure or certification at the independent practice level as a psychologist in the State, Province, or Territory in which the psychologist practices.

Note: Limited exceptions exist for prior to 1983 doctoral preparation, degrees granted outside the U.S. or Canada, formal training, substantial equivalents to accreditation requirements, and licensure in jurisdiction of practice for some Federal employees. Exception criteria and procedures are available from Central Office.

2. Specialty Specific Requirements:

In addition to the generic foundations, the specialty of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology requires the following doctoral and post-doctoral preparation:

  • Doctoral level educational preparation which includes foundation course work and practicum experiences related to children and adolescents,
  • The internship, in addition to meeting generic requirements, must be an integral part of one’s clinical child and adolescent training. At least 2/3 of the internship must be with children or adolescents.
  • Post-doctoral supervised experience may be met by:
    1. A minimum of three years (as of November 1, 2013) of post-doctoral experience in practice that is essentially with children and adolescents. One year of the experience must be supervised. The supervision is for a minimum of one hour per week, conducted face-to-face, by a qualified psychologist in the child/adolescent area.
    2. One or more year(s) completion of a recognized, formal post-doctoral residency program in the clinical child and adolescent specialty.

 The Senior Option

The aim of this program is to bring into ABCCAP distinguished senior clinical child and adolescent psychologists whose career contributions have had considerable effect on the field.

Credentials for the Senior Option:

  • Meet ABPP basic requirements
  • Meet ABCCAP current requirements
  • Have minimum of 15 years post-doctoral (i.e., post- degree) experience



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