Obtaining specialty certification in Police and Public Safety Psychology has become an ever-growing accomplishment for those working within this particular field. However, the process for obtaining certification can seem overwhelming and daunting. In fact, the process itself and other questions/concerns regarding qualifications could have deterred some from progressing forward. The ABPPSP Board, with considerable input from Doctors Roland and McCutcheon, have worked diligently to streamline the process and develop a mentoring program to aid applicants toward their goal of achieving specialty certification.
Mentorship is restricted to advice regarding (1) the selection of Work Sample material, (2) the conformance of the Professional Self-Study Statement to the required elements, and (3) conformance of the Practice Sample to the technical requirements. Permissible mentorship may also include the sharing of the mentor’s Practice Sample with the Candidate but is restricted to the Professional Activities, Continuing Education, Ethical Base, Complex Relationships, Individual/Cultural Diversity and Self-Assessment sections only. The Scientific Base, Legal Base, Evidence-Based Practice and Practice Standards sections of the PSSS must not be shared by the mentor with the Candidate.
Candidates who fail a practice sample review or oral examination are free to disclose their candidate status to any ABPPSP board certified specialist to ask for mentoring to assist in the examination process. This must be disclosed to the National Chair of Examinations.
Current Mentorship Coordinator
Richard C. Wihera, PsyD, ABPP
817 Falcon Way, Suite 207
Grand Junction, CO 81506