Definition Of Counseling Psychology For The Purpose Of Board Certification

The definition used to determine whether applicants have been functioning as Counseling Psychologists is the adopted from The Society for Counseling Psychology of APA:
“A Counseling Psychologist facilitates personal and interpersonal functioning across the life span with a focus on individual, group, and community interventions for emotional, behavioral, vocational, and mental health problems using preventative, developmental, and remedial approaches, and in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychopathology. Counseling Psychologists participate in a range of activities including psychotherapy, assessment, teaching, research, supervision, career development and consultation. They employ a variety of methods closely tied to theory and research to help individuals, groups and organizations function optimally as well as to remediate dysfunction”.
The services provided by Counseling Psychologists typically include:
• Conduct of clinically relevant research
• Assessment (evaluation, diagnosis, formal psychological testing)
• Intervention (treatment, prevention)
• Consultation with others professionals in diverse settings
• Supervision, training, and management activities (e.g., program development, administration)
For more information about the American Board of Counseling Psychology, or to apply for board certification, click here