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Clinical Psychology


Formal Specialty Definition:


Clinical Psychology is a general practice and health service provider specialty in professional psychology. Clinical Psychologists assess, diagnose, predict, prevent and treat psychopathology, mental disorders, and other individual or group problems to improve behavior adjustment, adaptation, personal effectiveness and satisfaction.

Overview of Organization and Goals:

Clinical Psychology Specialty Presentation 2023


Clinical Psychology Specialty Council


Levels of Specialty Training: 

Specialty training is offered at the doctoral as well as at the postdoctoral level.


Specialty Board Certification: 

Board Certification in Clinical Psychology is available through the American Board of Clinical Psychology, which is a Specialty Board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).


Sources of Specialty Recognition: 


  • APA/CRSPPP recognition

  • ABPP recognition

Clinical Psychology Specialty Council Membership: 

  • American Board of Clinical Psychology

  • Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology

  • National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology

  • Society of Clinical Psychology, Division 12, APA


Clinical Psychology Specialty Council Related Web Links: 

Education and Training Guidelines: 



Lindsay A. Phillips, PsyD, ABPP


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