Credentials for Practitioners

ABPP, Licensing, and the National Register
  • Donald K. Routh
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


From their beginnings in 1917, clinical psychology organizations wanted some means by which competent professionals in their field could be identified by the public, some way they could be easily distinguished from quacks and charlatans. As previously described, the plan of having APA certify “consulting psychologists” had to be abandoned in 1927. After World War II, one important event in this domain was the development of the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology (ABEPPlater simply ABPP, the word “examiners” being dropped from the board’s title). Other such events included the development of state licensing, of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and the continuing discussions of “the master’s issue.”


Neurol Kelly Stake Weinstein 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald K. Routh
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  1. 1.University of MiamiCoral GablesUSA

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