A. Board Certification in psychology is the wave of the future. Some institutions of higher learning now require board certification for promotion to full professor in psychology, and some hospitals require all their psychologists to be board certified.
B. It communicates to the public that board certified psychologists have met the necessary criteria and are committed to the highest level of competency in clinical health psychology.
C. Some organizations, such as the Department of Defense and the Public Health Service, provide additional pay for having board certification.
Candidates have one year to submit their practice samples. After the practice samples have been approved, the candidate may sit for the oral examination, which is offered 3 to 4 times per year (at least 2 of the exam offerings will be virtual).
No, but there is a Practice Sample requirement and an oral examination comprised of four components: Practice Sample, Standardized Clinical Case Assessment and Integration, Professional Issues and Identification, and Ethics.
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- Specialist Active Fee $210 – Specialists holding multiple certifications or a subspecialty have an additional fee of $50 (Total $260)
- Specialist Retired Fee $50 – Retired is defined as, “No longer derive income from working as a psychologist.”
The two work closely together, and Division 38 members have voiced strong support for board certification in clinical health psychology. However, a psychologist who is board certified in clinical health psychology is strongly encouraged but not required to be a member of Division 38.
Yes, once your credentials have been approved and you have a draft of your practice sample/portfolio and professional statement, contact the President of the American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology who will connect you with a mentor. Mentorship is strongly recommended but not required. Mentors are experienced, board certified clinical health psychologists who will provide general guidance to assist candidates in completing the board certification process in a timely manner.