Academic journal article Education

Board Certification in School Psychology

Academic journal article Education

Board Certification in School Psychology

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Thirty-one years ago the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) recognized school psychology as a psychology specialty. As a result, school psychologists joined their colleagues from the clinical, counseling, and industrial psychology specialties to be affiliated by this important credentialing organization incorporated in 1947. ABPP currently board certifies 12 psychology specialties.

Recent candidates represent the diversity of practice and settings in the specialty and include school psychologists employed full time in the public schools, employed in mental health centers as well as various types of health-related settings, and university faculty. Doctoral school psychologist are eligible to apply within 2 years of receiving their degree.

Board examinations are developed and administered by the American Board of School Psychology and validate that an independent verification of the standards and competencies required in school psychology have been met. Candidates initially provide work samples which are based on their typical practice. The competency-based process then takes place with a panel of peers. The candidates' theoretical background and practice context form the parameters of the member school psychology panel. A video of the candidates' practice such as a teacher consultation, parent interview, student interaction, supervision, or an invivo is analyzed along with the work sample in one segment of the examination. …

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