The Program in Clinical Psychology was initially accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association in 2000. In 2010 the CoA conferred seven-year full accreditation status to the doctoral program. Our next accreditation site visit is scheduled for 2017. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 336-5979/E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation.
This program meets the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology “Guidelines for Defining ‘Doctoral Degree in Psychology.'” Further, we have made every attempt to design the program to comply with all the regulations of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Psychologists at the time of program admission so that, with completion of sufficient clinical hours, students may sit for the state licensing examination in clinical psychology. Therefore, graduates of this designated program who decide to apply for licensing as a psychologist typically will meet the educational requirements for licensing. In 2013 Massachusetts passed a law permitting practicum hours to count towards psychologist licensure. However, the Board of Registration of Psychologists has not yet made a public statement of how the new law will be put into practice. Once the board does this, the program will align its practicum standards and documentation practices with the Board of Registration standards. Our courses are consistent with Massachusetts licensing requirements (please see Appendix C for the list). However, in each jurisdiction there may be additional requirements that must be satisfied. Furthermore, requirements for licensing do change over time. For exact information about current requirements, please contact the state or provincial licensing board in the jurisdiction in which you plan to apply early in your first year of study, and work with the DCT or Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies to tailor your coursework accordingly.
With licensure, graduates are eligible to apply for credentialing as a Health Service Provider in Psychology. Graduation from a designated program ensures that the completed program meets the educational requirements for listing in the National Register. However, there are additional requirements that must be satisfied prior to being listed in the National Register of Health Services Providers in Psychology. For further information, consult the National Register’s website at http://www.nationalregister.org. Students may wish to consider the issue of mobility between states. ASPPB provides a credentials bank service to help psychologists become licensed in new states.