The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) is the alliance of state, provincial, and territorial agencies responsible for the licensure and certification of psychologists throughout the United States and Canada. Its members are the psychology licensing boards across the US and Canada.
CAPIC is a liaison to the ASPPB and attends ASPPB meetings to represents the interests of CAPIC and its stakeholders with ASPPB and its members. We educate them about CAPIC in order to help them evaluate applicants from CAPIC programs who seek licensure in their jurisdiction, and to help them understand how their citizens can obtain licensure in California with CAPIC programs.
We believe that CAPIC programs are substantially equivalent to APA and APPIC programs, and provide a path to licensure by offering quality, local and diverse training opportunities without the imprimatur of accreditation. We are also concerned with the potential lack of diversity in the profession, as well as a reduction in services to diverse, often-underserved communities, which could result from allowing only APA-accredited programs as pathways to licensure. We believe that multiple paths to licensure should exist and that the quality of the training should be the determinant of one’s competency to practice psychology.
The following Letter On Equivalency, recently sent to other State/Provincial licensing boards (and posted on our website), lays out CAPIC’s concerns, our reasoning, and our desired solutions.