Q & A from a Newly Certified Specialist

Thoughts on Board Certification from Kurt Freeman, Ph.D., ABPP

What did you learn about yourself and your practice while doing board certification?

Going through the process of board certification allowed for reflection on my identity as a professional and practitioner. It helped re-affirm my approach to practice and my comfort in knowing “who I am” as a clinician.

What have you found most valuable or rewarding about board certification?

I completed this process largely for myself rather than for any potential professional or financial benefit. I’ve devoted my career to working with children and families, and saw obtaining ABPP certification as an important component to demonstrating this commitment. What I’ve been most rewarded by is the accolades and acknowledgement from colleagues. While I didn’t obtain certification for those types of statements, it has been a pleasure to have so many acknowledge certification as a demonstration of my commitment to this field and as a testament to my expertise in it.

What was the most challenging/interesting/surprising aspect of the board certification process?

I found the oral examination process quite interesting. Having completed oral examinations that were quite daunting in the past, I was unsure what to expect from this one.  I was pleasantly surprised by the collegial approach to the process. Rather than feeling like an examination, I walked away appreciating how the process allowed me to articulate my style, thinking process, and ideas about practice in the realm of clinical child and adolescent psychology.

What advice would you give to a candidate for board certification in clinical child and adolescent psychology?

As you are preparing your materials, trust who you are as a professional and practitioner. Truly select “usual performance” cases for the practice samples—reviewing those will be a valuable exercise in and of itself. Be comfortable articulating your views of practice as well as your justification for those views and practices.

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