Do psychologists reject board certification?

By Ellen Anderson, Ph.D
April 3rd, 2023

Warren Buffet has been quoted as saying, “Everyone has a circle of competence. The important thing is not how big the circle is. The important thing is staying inside the circle.” All health care professionals are legally and ethically obligated to practice within the scope of their knowledge, skill and experience. Given this obligation, is there a need for board certification to establish a psychologist’s expertise in a specialty area(s)? If board certification is desirable, why are fewer than five percent of psychologists board certified?

The American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) offers board certification in 17 specialty areas. The ABPP website lists multiple reasons that psychologists should become board certified as part ...

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