From the Education Directorate

Forensic Psychology and Psychopharmacology have been approved as professional specialities by the APA Council of Representatives.

APA Council of Representatives

The its August 2001 meeting, the APA Council of Representatives, approved and conferred recognition of Forensic Psychology as a specialty in professional psychology. A specialty constitutes an area of professional psychology that is distinctive in its pattern of education and training, populations served, problems addressed, and procedures and techniques utilized.

In addition, the Council of Representatives approved and conferred recognition of Psychopharmacology as a proficiency in professional psychology. A proficiency constitutes a circumscribed activity in the general practice of professional psychology or in one or more of its specialties. The Council of Representatives also approved and conferred continued recognition of the Psychological Treatment of Alcohol and other Psychoactive Substance Disorders as a proficiency in professional psychology.

The present policies and procedures of the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP) require that each specialty and proficiency approved in August 2001 reapply for continued recognition on or before August, 2008.

The Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP) was pleased to recommend and facilitate this process for approval and recognition. For more information about CRSPPP, the recognition process, and a listing and description of other recognized specialties and proficiencies, visit the website at or contact the Office of Graduate Education and Training at (202) 336-5967.

APAIT and CEP Introduce an Instructional Series on Risk Management

The American Psychological Association Insurance Trust (APAIT) and the APA Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP) have introduced a new CD-ROM instructional series that focuses on preparing psychologists for the world of practice from an ethical and risk-management perspective. Successful completion of the examinations will earn 6 CE credits and a 10% premium reduction for one year on Trust-sponsored professional liability insurance.

CD-ROM Module One alerts the psychologist to a series of ethical and legal pitfalls that can occur in clinical practice. Otherwise competent psychologists who do not discern the ethical/legal implications of a given clinical intervention may harm patients and subsequently feel great distress themselves. Conversely, psychologists who are attuned to the legal/ethical implications of their professional work are better able to fulfill their professional obligations and can practice with greater peace of mind. This module educates and raises the awareness to these important issues.

CD-ROM Module Two focuses specifically on the ethical/legal issues that may arise when patients of psychologists pose an immediate threat to harm themselves or others. Including the transmission of HIV and Child abuse. This module contains a helpful summary of risk-management guidelines for working with life-threatening patients.

More information is available at CD-ROMs can be ordered by calling 1-800-374-2721, ext. 5510.

ASPPB Recognizes Dr. Jo Linder-Crow for Distinguished Service

Jo Linder-Crow, PhD was recently awarded a Distinguished Service Award by the Board of Directors of the Association of State and Provincial Boards of Psychology (ASPPB) in recognition of her contributions to ASPPB in activities related to Continuing Professional Education. Dr. Linder-Crow is Associate Executive Director in APA's Education Directorate, and directs the Office of Continuing Professional Education. The award was presented at ASPPB's 41st Meeting of Delegates in Quebec City, Quebec in October 2001. The award citation recognized Dr. Linder-Crow for her efforts to maintain an active relationship with licensing boards through her contributions to ASPPB, including several presentations at ASPPB meetings and her role as consultant to the ASPPB committee that recently concluded the development of guidelines for continuing professional education in psychology.