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The Taxonomy Initiative is a full year plan to improve upon our specialty taxonomies and promulgate them across our affiliated specialty councils and other organizations. The 2021 Taxonomy Initiative was developed in collaboration with the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Subspecialties in Professional Psychology (CRSSPP), and a Workgroup from the Interorganizational Summit 4.0 on Specialty, Specialization, and Board Certification. Each of the CoS Member Specialties has agreed to conduct a thorough and systematic review of their own Specialty Taxonomy for needed edits.


CoS Taxonomy Documents for Specialty Councils

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Strategic Plan for CoS Role in Specialty E & T Taxonomy Submission, Approval, and Dissemination

Outlines 2021 CoS Taxonomy Initiative plan and timetable for meeting the goal that  each specialty review, revise as needed, and submit Taxonomy Grid  for approval by CoS Board of Directors by end of 2021.


Colorful Notebooks

CoS Policy and Procedure for E & T Specialty Taxonomy Submission, Approval, Dissemination

Defines the role of the CoS Executive Council in consultative guidance and review of taxonomy submissions and CoS Board of Directors role in final approval of a Taxonomy.

Tools to Prepare a Revised Specialty E & T Taxonomy Grid 

Driving Uphill

CoS Guidance for Preparing Specialty Education and Training Taxonomies

Provides detailed information for the completion of a Specialty's Taxonomy Grid. The CoS Executive Council can provide additional guidance or answer questions that arise when preparing Taxonomyfor review. 

Resources from Related Organizations

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