Certification is a voluntary process by which a psychoanalyst demonstrates though blind peer review a mastery of basic knowledge and skills necessary to practice the profession of psychoanalysis. It can be an important developmental experience. To be vetted and endorsed by a group of Certified psychoanalysts who have no personal or institutional relationship with the applicant provides a meaningful affirmation of the applicant’s emerging analytic identity.
The ABP is committed to ongoing refinement of the certification procedures in order to remove, to the greatest degree possible, bias and error resulting from a lack of inter-rater reliability and other sources of error.
Certification is administered by a fully autonomous entity that is financially independent and not subject to undue influence from either membership organizations or training institutions. The ABP certification will present a meaningful credential to the public and governmental agencies.