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 was very pleased to see SPA successfully pursue recognition of Personality Assessment as a proficiency and appreciate the organization's spearheading implementation of the proficiency recognition process. 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
PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT IS A PROFICIENCY IN PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
The American Psychological Association (APA) officially recognizes Personality Assessment as a Proficiency in professional psychology.* At the request of APA, the Society for Personality Assessment (SPA) has taken the lead role in developing and implementing the Personality Assessment Proficiency.
The Proficiency in Personality Assessment involves (but is not limited to):
At this time, the Proficiency in Personality Assessment recognition via SPA is intended for active practitioners who are delivering personality assessment services to the public and under an active license.
Frequently Asked Questions / Proficiency Guidelines
Proficiency Review Forms / Skills Required for Proficiency
Statement from APA Regarding Proficiency
Part 1: "Proficiency Overview" Webinar (8 min) - Click Here
Part 1: Handout - Click Here
Part 2: "Proficiency Application & Recognition Process" Webinar (8 min) - Click Here
Part 2: Handout - Click Here
Additional questions, please contact the SPA Proficiency Coordinator below:
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.