News Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 11:00
Great News: On May 6, 2020, the American Board of Professional Psychology’s (ABPP) Board of Trustees (BOT) gave provisional approval to Addiction Psychology (AP) as a specialty board. Now licensed psychologists specializing in addictions can apply for Board Certification in AP.
Brief Overview: How Addiction Psychology Became an ABPP Specialty Board
The growth of Addiction Psychology over the past 40 years has made it clear that a credential was needed that would differentiate doctoral level psychologists from other addiction professionals, many of whom do not have comprehensive mental health training.
Not only have psychologists developed the majority of the evidence-based addiction treatments, but we also know that many substance abusers also have mental health problems. Psychologists are well-positioned and have the foundational skills to provide wide-ranging evidence-based care.
Drug and alcohol problems are relatively common in primary care settings. Trained and certified addiction psychologists can play a critical role in collaborative health care teams.
The Next Step: Implementation Phase
Before any licensed psychologist can apply for board certification in Addiction Psychology all relevant manuals, requirements, and forms need to be developed.
Stay tuned, as we will send out listserv announcements when candidates can apply to become board certified in Addiction Psychology.
Lastly, a big hand to the four Division 50 members who have been working with me for 2 years to make the ABAP specialty a reality: Drs. Ray Hanbury, John Kelly, Bruce Liese, and Mark Sobell.