The American Board of Professional Psychology's (ABPP) and American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology’s (ABCN) subspecialty certification in Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology is a 3-step procedure that includes: 1) credential review, 2) written examination, and 3) submission of a practice sample. The credential review assures that the candidate has received appropriate education, training, and supervised clinical experiences in the subspecialty. Once credentials are approved, candidates who are already board certified by ABCN become eligible to take the Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology Written Examination. Candidates who have not yet been awarded the ABCN Specialty board certification may apply for credential review but must first be awarded ABCN board certification before proceeding to the subspecialty Written Examination. Once the Written Examination is passed, the candidate is eligible to proceed to the final stage of subspecialty certification by submitting one (1) Practice Sample case for peer review.
To apply to the ABCN Pediatric Subspecialty please send the following to the ABPP Central Office at firstname.lastname@example.org:
1) Electronic submission of the ABCN Pediatric Application
2) Two letters of recommendation
There is no application fee to submit subspecialty credentials. Once your application has been approved by the ABCN Pediatric Subspecialty Credential Review Committee you will be notified on how and when to register for the next step, the Written Exam.
The subspecialty Written Examination (WE) will be held at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology in June. Further details will be provided when candidates register for the examination.
The subspecialty WE consists of 30 multiple-choice questions covering the science and practice of pediatric neuropsychology. Topics may include: neurodevelopment, functional neuroanatomy, pediatric clinical syndromes, childhood psychopathology, specialized neuropsychological assessment techniques, research methodology in pediatric populations, developmental psychology, family systems, genetics, cultural diversity, ethical and legal issues in pediatric neuropsychological practice, consultation, and intervention strategies.
Candidates will receive exam score notification and instructions on how to proceed in the subspecialization process. Candidates who pass the subspecialty WE will also receive four (4) APA-approved CE credits from ABPP.
ABCN Pediatric Written Exam Registration (you will need to login as an ABCN Specialist) fee $125
Practice Sample (PS) submission requires:
1) One case report of a patient aged 16 years or younger,
2) Raw data for this case, and
3) A mandatory 3-page supplemental statement.
The PS case must be an example of the candidate’s own work product, without editing or advising by another individual or parts completed by a student or trainee. It may be the same case that you submitted for the ABCN parent examination if you are satisfied it is representative of your current expertise. Note, however, that review methods and criteria differ between the parent and subspecialty examinations such that a PS case that was considered sufficient as one of two cases submitted for the parent examination may not meet full criteria as a single PS for the subspecialty examination. In selecting a subspecialty PS case, candidates are encouraged to review the subspecialty PS guidelines to ensure that the case meets subspecialty review criteria. Candidates are also strongly encouraged to choose a case from the preceding two years in order to highlight their current practice and skills. If for some reason this is not possible (e.g., supervised trainees on all cases over the past two years) please provide explanation in the Supplemental document.
ABCN Pediatric Practice Sample Registration (you will need to login as an ABCN Specialist) fee $250.
Submit your Practice Sample through the ABCN's ScholarOne portal -- http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/practicesamples.
When a Candidate’s PS case demonstrates that the critieria for subspecialty certification are met the candidate is awarded ABCN subspecialty certification in Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology and receives a certificate attesting to this significant accomplishment from ABPP. ABPP issues 10 APA-approved Continuing Education units to all who apply and complete the subspecialty process.
Complete information about the ABCN Pediatric Subspecialty certification process is posted on the ABCN website and in the Pediatric Subspecialty Candidate Manual. Questions not directly addressed in the manual or in the above FAQ can be directed to the office staff at ABPP (email@example.com) or to the ABCN Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).