American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis

The candidate will be able to demonstrate competency in the following Foundational and Functional Competency areas as defined below:


• Ethical and Legal Standards and Policy Foundations. Awareness and application of appropriate ethical concepts and legal issues regarding professional activities with individuals, groups, and organizations.

• Individual and Cultural Diversity. Awareness and sensitivity when working with diverse individuals, groups, and communities that represent various cultural and personal background and characteristics defined broadly and consistent with APA policy.

• Relationships. Skills to relate effectively and meaningfully to individuals, groups, and/or communities, and to function effectively in interdisciplinary systems.

• Professionalism. Demonstrates professional values and ethics as evidenced in behavior and comportment that reflect the values and ethics of psychology, integrity, and responsibility. Practice conducted within the boundaries of competencies, including involvement in the profession and the specialty in particular. Continuing development as a behavioral and cognitive psychologist. Advocacy for the behavioral and cognitive specialty and the profession.

• Reflective Practice/Self-Assessment/Self-Care. Practice conducted with personal and professional self-awareness and reflection; the awareness of competencies, and with appropriate self-care.

• Scientific Knowledge and Methods. Understanding of research, research methodology, techniques of data collection and analysis, biological bases of behavior, cognitive affective bases of behavior, and development across the lifespan. Respect for scientifically derived knowledge.

• Interdisciplinary Systems. Knowledge of key issues and concepts in related disciplines. Identify and interact with professionals in multiple disciplines.

• Evidence-Based Practice. Demonstration of the capacity to integrate current research literature into clinical practice, research/evaluation, and other functional competency domains where applicable.



• Assessment. Assessment and diagnosis of problems, capabilities, and issues associated with individuals, groups, and/or organizations. An example is conducting a functional analysis, or using measures of cognitive styles to help understand the client/patient’s presentation.

• Intervention. Developing, implementing, and evaluating interventions designed to alleviate suffering and promote health and well-being of individuals, groups, and/or organizations. An example, based on the assessment, is using a case formulation to select treatment goals and intervention strategies.

• Consultation. Providing expert guidance or professional assistance in response to a client’s needs or goals. Examples include providing behavioral and cognitive consultation on a hospital medical unit, or teaching cognitive-behavioral strategies for weight loss to a primary care physician.

• Research/Evaluation. Generating research that contributes to the professional knowledge base and/or evaluates the effectiveness of various professional activities. An example is citing relevant research that informs your how you monitor clients’ outcomes.


• Supervision. Supervision and training in the professional knowledge base and evaluation of the effectiveness of various professional activities. An example is supervision of a psychology intern using a behavioral and cognitive approach.

• Teaching. Providing instruction, disseminating knowledge, and evaluating acquisition of knowledge and skill in professional psychology. Examples include workshops, coursework, and presentations related to Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology.

• Management-Administration. Manage the direct delivery of services and/or the administration of organizations, programs, or agencies in areas of professional psychology.

• Advocacy. Actions targeting the impact of social, political, economic or cultural factors to promote change at the individual (client), institutional, and system level.