Certification is a voluntary process by which a psychoanalyst demonstrates, though blind peer review, a mastery of the 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 analytic identity.
When a psychoanalyst is certified as a Fellow of the American Board of Psychoanalysis, his/her name will appear on the ABP online registry, providing analysts with a credential-based online presence. Fellows will also be able to create their own webpage with a personal profile.