Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology

Approved by the APA Council of Representatives in February 2015, the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology (SoA) (PDF, 853KB) will serve as a guiding document for health service psychology training programs seeking initial or continued accreditation. The SoA will replace the current Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation in Professional Psychology (G&P) (PDF, 157KB), providing greater clarity to the public and enhanced opportunities for innovation in health service psychology education and training.

Even though the SoA was approved in 2015, it will not go in effect until September 2016. All programs who submit a self-study on or after Sept. 1, 2016, will submit a self-study demonstrating adherence to the SoA and not the G&P.

  • Accredited programs will remain accredited under the current G&P until their next periodic programmatic review date.
  • Applicant programs submitting a self-study prior to Sept. 1, 2016, will submit a self-study demonstrating adherence to the G&P. Programs submitting a self-study on or after Sept. 1, 2016, will submit a self-study demonstrating adherence to the SoA.

CoA is dedicated to providing thorough training to programs, site visitors and other members of the public. SoA training will begin in fall 2015. Training dates will be posted online as dates are finalized.

CoA would like to thank all current and past commissioners who, since 2012, have devoted countless hours to the formulation of the SoA. Their time and dedication created an environment which fostered transparency and public comment. The public comment received through a series of four public comment periods and numerous presentations helped transform the G&P, created in 1996, into the SoA.