Resolution on accreditation and licensure

Too early to determine if the resolution will influence the new accreditation standards.

A couple of years ago, the Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC) and the APA Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) began discussing the resolution regarding accreditation at the doctoral and internship levels as requirements for licensure. While CoA has followed this discussion, it has not been involved in any efforts to make this APA policy, nor has CoA made any changes in what it does as a result of these efforts. Because the BEA resolution just passed the APA Council of Representatives at its August 2013 meeting, CoA has not had an opportunity to discuss how this resolution will or will not influence the new accreditation standards that are now being written.

CoA is sensitive to the challenges faced by new programs hoping to become accredited and, in response, approved new statuses for applicant internship and postdoctoral residency programs in 2012. In particular, the accredited status of “accredited, on contingency” status enables internship and postdoctoral residency programs to attain an accredited status prior to graduation of their first cohorts. Also, an “eligible” status permits programs that have yet to enroll their first cohorts to begin the process towards an accredited status. CoA plans to consider how to implement similar statuses for doctoral programs once it completes the revision of the Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation (G&P).