Why it’s important to you
According to the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), the credentialing organization for board certification, less than five percent of psychologists are board certified. Medical disciplines consider board certification to be a minimum standard; however, board certified psychologists have successfully achieved one of the highest recognitions afforded in the profession.
To achieve board certification, psychologists undergo a rigorous examination process that scrutinizes an individual’s skills in assessment, psychotherapy, and professional ethics. A committee of nationally respected peers determines if a psychologist seeking board certification is worthy of this distinction. Being board certified means that your psychologist has demonstrated a commitment to continued professional learning and development, to providing you with the best possible care, and to treating you in the most respectful and ethical manner.
Dr. Smiley was board certified in clinical psychology in 2012 and continues to serve on ABPP committees throughout the country to evaluate psychologists seeking this distinction.