FAQs

How does the ABP certification procedures differ from APsaA’s?

The one important difference is that the ABP is a fully independent and autonomous board and it is in no way under the auspices of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) or the Board on Professional Standards (BOPS). From the standpoint of an applicant for certification the transition from APsaA to ABP should be seamless. The examination procedures are essentially the same with two case write-ups required and an interview portion to the exam. One modification to the exam is that the frequency for all cases presented is three to five times weekly. Please refer to the ABP Certification Committee Standards, Procedures and Guidelines for more information. These are also available through the ABP office (certification@abpsa.org) and on our web site http://www.abpsa.org. Questions about any aspect of the application procedures may be addressed directly to the Chair of the Certification Committee or to Ms. Denise Wagner at the ABP Office, 702-875-2040, or certification@abpsa.org. Questions about fees, due dates for applications, preparation of copies of the application, appointments for interviews, and application materials may be directed to Ms. Denise Wagner.

What is the deadline to apply for certification?

For the January certification examination the deadline to notify ABP of the intent to apply for certification is September 1 and the application including 17 copies of the two case writeups must be submitted to Ms. Denise Wagner by September 15. For the June certification examination the deadline to notify ABP of the intent to apply for certification is March 1 and the application is due by March 15.

Where and when will the interviews take place?

The interviews for the January 2017 examination will be held in NY at the time of the APsaA Annual meetings and for the June 2017 examination in Austin Texas at the time of the APsaA Spring Meetings

If someone is previously certified by the American Psychoanalytic Association, are they automatically grandparented onto this new Board or do they have to do something to update their status?

To be eligible for grandparenting an analyst must be certified on or before December 31, 2015 and applications will be accepted until December 31, 2017. The grandparenting process requires submitting an application, a one-time initial application fee of $150, and an attestation of continued licensure and ethical good standing. The ABP will verify licensure and certification and a certificate will be issued. The Fellow will be listed on the Registry of Fellows of the ABP, and will also be given the opportunity to creat an individual profile. All Fellows will need to renew their status yearly with an attestation to their continued ethical standing, and there will be an annual registry renewal fee of $100.

For someone previously certified by the American Psychoanalytic Association, do they lose that certification if they are grandparented by the ABP?  

Getting a certificate as a Fellow of the ABP does not lead to losing APsaA certification.  These two certification processes are completely separate.  However, as specified above those who have APsaA certification are eligible to apply for an ABP certificate through the grandparenting process.

Will the ABP continue to offer the Pre-graduation program to analysts in training?

The ABP will continue to make the Pre-graduation program available. This program provides candidates with the opportunity to have their work in progress evaluated blindly by the American Board of Psychoanalysis Certification Committee. The Certification Committee is a group of analysts of multiple theoretical perspectives from around the country. Part I consists of submitting two written case reports during training, with the option to have an interview. Part II, subsequent to graduation, consists of an interview where the applicant presents process material from a total of three cases with one of them being a terminated case.  Please refer to Appendix D of the Standards, Procedures and Guidelines for a more detailed description of the program including Part II.

What are the benefits of being a Board Certified Analyst?

Those who successfully complete the certification examination or are grandparented will be designated Fellow of the American Board of Psychoanalysis, FABP. This credential reflects that the analyst has voluntarily demonstrated a mastery of basic knowledge and skills necessary to practice the profession of psychoanalysis through a voluntary, peer reviewed process. The ABP will maintain a list of those who have been Board Certified in a Registry of Fellows accessible on the ABP web site. Fellows will have their individual profile listed on the registry and Internet links will enable those who search for a certified analyst to be directed to the ABP web site.

How will Certification Examiners be chosen?

The selection of a Certification Examiner involves several steps. The Examiner must be a Fellow in good standing of the ABP.  An individual may be recommended by a member of the Board of Directors, the Chair of the Certification Committee, an Institute Director, Dean, or other person familiar with the Certification Committee’s work. This recommendation is reviewed by the Chair of the Certification Committee who also interviews the potential member. This potential member must be certified and in good standing in the ABP. If these criteria are met, the Board of Directors must approve this person to be a Participant/Observer (P/O) of the Certification Committee. As a P/O, this person participates in all Committee work during one meeting, observes at least one interview, and following an observation as the secondary interviewer in at least one interview. At the end of the meeting, the performance of the P/O is discussed by the Committee and, if found suitable in clinical and interpersonal skills, the Chair of the Certification Committee recommends to the Board of Directors that this person be made a member of the Committee, who then vote to approve the appointment.

How does the Certification Committee Function?

The ABP Office distributes a copy of the application to each member of the committee several weeks before the committee meets. In order to allow the maximum degree of fairness, there will be no information to identify the analyst or his or her institute on the face sheets of the reports that are reviewed by the Certification Committee members. Prior to the meeting and in isolation from the other members of the committee, a primary reviewer and one or two other discussants review each application and prepare a written report. The task of serving as a primary, secondary or tertiary reviewer is shared evenly by all committee members. These independent reviewers present their reports orally to the committee at its meeting. All other members of the committee will have become familiar with each application so they can participate in the discussion that follows. Questions about the applicant’s work which arise during this part of the procedure can be discussed in person with the applicant at the time of the interview. After the interview the entire committee reconvenes to discuss the application again. During this final discussion, it is not uncommon to have the applicant’s process notes presented by the interviewers. A decision is made at that time about certification. No decision about the application is made prior to the committee’s final review, and the decision about the recommendation for certification is voted on by the entire committee. The Chair of the committee has no vote; in the case of a tie, the decision will be in favor of the applicant.

How is the ABP funded? 

In order to maintain its autonomy, the American Board of Psychoanalysis will not be funded by any organization. It is funded solely by fees from certification applications, grandfathering fees, registry renewal fees to maintain a listing on the ABP registry, donations and grants. Because we are a 501(c)(3) organization, donations are tax deductible. The ABP is not a membership organization so neither individuals nor institutes join the ABP and institutes do not pay any fees.

What is the function of ABP certification outside of APsaA? Is it necessary for licensure?

Certification by the ABP is a voluntary blind peer review of the applicant's clinical skills and knowledge based on a demonstration of post graduate clinical competence of the core competencies of psychoanalytic theory and practice. The identity of both the individual applicant and the institute where he/she trained is not revealed to the Certification Committee or the interviewers. ABP certification has no connection to licensure. However, because ABP is an autonomous certifying agency with an online registry, ABP will provide a credential to psychoanalysts more in line with other professional certifications and facilitate greater public awareness of certification in psychoanalysis. It is our hope that if the ABP is able to offer certification to a larger population of psychoanalysts, including analysts trained at non-APsaA institutes, governmental agencies might view ABP certification as a meaningful and relevant credential.

How can I make a payment? 

For online applicants, if you are using the online application, at the end of the application it will take you to a payment area.  If this is not working or if you were not ready to make a payment, you can do so here.  From the drop down menu, select either "grandparenting application fee", "examination fee", or "registry renewal fee" and then proceed to check out.  

You have the option of paying your fee with a check, please mail it to the ABP office: 3400 East Bayaud Avenue, Suite 460, Denver, CO 80209.