Personality Assessment is a recognized proficiency by the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP). The Proficiency provides a basic set of standards and expectations for all licensed psychologists providing personality assessment services.

Those of us who work and train in this area know that proficiency in personality assessment is not simply a by-product of, nor is it guaranteed by earning a doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology. Rather, it requires specialized didactic and practical training in the integrative process of personality assessment... I encourage anyone doing work in this area, whether relatively new to the field, or a seasoned veteran, to pursue recognition of proficiency in personality assessment. Yossef S. Ben-Porath, Kent State University

Interested in the Proficiency?

  •   Click Here to view a brief (8 minute) Proficiency Overview Webinar
  •   Click Here for corresponding webinar handout
  •   Click Here for a brief statement from the APA about the Proficiency
  •   Click Here for a very detailed look at the Proficiency

The Process

Licensed psychologists who provide personality assessment services are encouraged to apply for proficiency recognition. The process entails a brief online application and uploading a CV and a redacted assessment report with testing data for most applicants. Materials are reviewed by 3 reviewers with established skills in the field of assessment. Applicants who are endorsed by two of the 3 reviewers are reviewed by the Board of Trustees towards formal recognition. All applicants, regardless of recognition receive feedback. Additional information regarding the application, applicant categories, and the recognition process is available below.

  •   Click Here to view a brief (8 minute) webinar on the process
  •   Click Here for corresponding webinar handout
  •   Click Here for the Proficiency report review form
  •   Click Here for a Psychologist Brochure on the Proficiency

Who is Proficient?

Curious about professionals who have successfully gone through the process?

  •   Click Here for a list of Proficient professionals

Proficiency Resources

  •   Click Here for multiple perspectives on the Proficiency featured in the Summer 2017 SPA Exchange: Proficiency Edition
  •   Click Here for an article by Hadas Pade and Stephen Finn titled Proficiency in Personality Assessment: Why Should I Care? featured in The TA Connection Winter/Spring 2017 p.19-21
  •   Click Here The Proficiency in Personality Assessment and the Proficiency Report Review Form are also featured in Chapter 15 of the latest edition of the Handbook of Psychological Assessment. Groth-Marnat, G. & Wright, Jordan A. (2016). Handbook of Psychological Assessment, 6th Edition. New York: Wiley


Have questions about the Proficiency? Click Here to see answers to frequently asked questions!

Still have questions? Feel free to contact the Proficiency Coordinator:

Hadas Pade, PsyD

Proficiency Coordinator

Hadas Pade, PsyD

San Jose, CA



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For the Senior Assessment Psychologist statement (see application guidelines for details), Click Here

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The American Psychological Association (APA) officially recognizes Personality Assessment as a Proficiency in Professional Psychology. SPA has taken lead role in developing and implementing Personality Assessment Proficiency

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Ask your favorite personality assessor what the biggest personality assessment convention is, and he/she will tell you it's the Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment. Ask him/her what the best personality assessment convention is, and he/she will tell you it's the Annual Convention of the Society for Personality Assessment, held every March in a different city.

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Each April, candidates statements and a Ballot for electing new members to the Board of Trustees is made available to Members, Fellows, Life Members or Life Fellows by the Nominations and Elections Committee. The persons elected to the Board take office in September.

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The Society for Personality Assessment YouTube channel offers full-length lectures from past annual conventions and expert speakers in the field of personality assessment. A great resource to expand your knowledge.

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How Therapeutic Assessment Works: Theory and Techniques - Presented by Stephen E. Finn, PhD. In this webinar, Dr. Stephen Finn, the main developer of Therapeutic Assessment, will explain the techniques of TA and how they relate to TA’s underlying theory of client change. This session is particularly suited to those who are new to TA, including graduate students, or who wish to deepen their understanding of its therapeutic mechanisms.

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