Course Details

Course TitleABPP - Police and Public Safety Psychology Specialty Certification
Date Varies
ProviderAmerican Board of Professional Psychology
Credit Hours10
Method of InstructionOnline (Asynchronous/Self-paced)
Approving AgencyABPP
Course Syllabus

Course Description

The specialty of police and public safety psychology is represented by the American Board of Police & Public Safety Psychology, which became a fully affiliated specialty board of the ABPP on October 21, 2011. Police and public safety psychology is concerned with assisting law enforcement and other public safety personnel and agencies in carrying out their missions and societal functions with optimal effectiveness, safety, health, and conformity to laws and ethics. It consists of the application of the science and profession of psychology in four primary domains of practice: assessment, clinical intervention, operational support, and organizational consulting. Please note that the 10 hours for this certification process only applies to certification received after May 1, 2012 (POST Commission Regulation 1955).

Course Objectives

Ensure that police psychologists possess distinctive knowledge of the following: Essential functions of police and public safety personnel; Working conditions unique to their respective positions; Common and novel stressors inherent in public safety work; Normal and abnormal adaptation to occupational stress and trauma; Research pertinent to resilience and recovery in public safety personnel; The unique aspects of confidentiality and testimonial privilege when providing services to public safety personnel and/or agencies.