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Certificate of Proficiency and Subspecialization

The College of Professional Psychology (CPP), hosted by the APA Practice Organization, historically has provided a way for psychologists to have a credential speaking to their proficiency in the area of addictions treatment. Specifically, there has been a certificate one could acquire so that they may demonstrate proficiency in the psychological treatment of alcohol and other psychoactive substance-related disorders. The Society of Addiction Psychology (SoAP) plays an active role, along with Division 28, in helping to maintain the definition of this proficiency. The Certificate of Proficiency had become unavailable to acquire over the past two years because the APA Practice Organization determined that it was not being used by enough Psychologists to merit their time and effort and to justify the cost.  SoAP has vigorously argued for reinstatement, but the APA dropped the certification process. We are currently working with NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, and the American Board of Professional Psychology to provide alternative methods for Certification and Subspecialization in Addiction Psychology. Please check back regularly for updates.

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