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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, and the Certificate has now become available once again. We think it is vital that more Psychologists take the time and effort to obtain certification in this Proficiency, not only because of the ubiquitous prevalence of substance use disorders, but to provide an official means of demonstrating to Providers and Regulatory Agencies that Psychologists are highly trained to treat Substance Use Disorders.  Please consider applying for a Certificate!

You can find the information you need to begin the process at

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