FAQs

No. Only experience obtained after the doctoral degree has been awarded counts toward the 1,000 hours.

Probably not. Post-doctoral training programs must meet certain requirements in order to lead to a waiver of the five-year requirement. We maintain a list of post-docs found in the document library that have been determined to meet those requirements. If your program is not listed, ask your training director to submit the required material and we will review it.

We have prepared a suggested reading list to assist candidates in preparing for the oral and written examinations. We also suggest you review the Written Examination GuidelinesThese documents may be found in the Document Library.

No. The reading list provides suggestions to help candidates prepare. It is not required reading.

Contact the ABFP Corresponding Secretary located under the Specialty Board Officers page.

You have one year from the date you were notified that you passed the written exam.

It is expected that your practice sample will conform to the specifications described in section B.3 of the Practice Sample Guidelines. These include a length of no more than 80 pages. If your sample exceeds 80 pages, do not attempt to decrease the number of pages by reducing the font size, decreasing the margins, reducing the line-spacing, or redacting parts of the report itself—all of these are unacceptable. Try reducing the amount of supplementary material. If you are still unable to meet the page limit restriction, contact the ABFP Corresponding Secretary to discuss your options.

No, as long as the practice sample includes all the required components as described in section B.3(b) of the Practice Sample Guidelines, there is no minimum length.

Review section B.2 of the Practice Sample Guidelines. If you are still unsure, contact the ABFP Corresponding Secretary located under the Officers page.

No. You must personally perform the preponderance of the testing in order for the practice sample to be acceptable.  If you have questions, contact the ABFP Corresponding Secretary located under the Officers page.

No. The practice sample must not be reviewed or critiqued by any other person, either during its composition or at any other time prior to the Oral Examination.

No.  Practice samples (based on a legal case) should only be submitted if the underlying case is closed or if the candidate does not reasonably anticipate further involvement in the case.

Practice samples typically include psychological testing. This allows the oral examination committee to evaluate the candidate’s competence in assessment—which is one of the core competencies in forensic psychology. Although not every forensic evaluation requires psychological testing, it is strongly recommended that the candidate submit practice samples that include psychological testing in at least one of the two samples.

No. This is unacceptable. Other than redacting all identifying information, the report that forms the basis of the practice sample must be unaltered from the report that was actually submitted in the legal case.

All names mentioned in the practice sample in any context must be redacted or replaced with a fictitious name. Specific locations and entities should be redacted as well (e.g. employers, hospitals, addresses, locations smaller than a state). Also redact exact dates of birth (i.e. month and day, NOT year), exact date of crime (i.e. month and day, NOT year), case numbers, and anything else that could reasonably be used to identify anyone mentioned in the practice sample.

We have prepared a suggested reading list to assist candidates in preparing for the oral and written examinations. We also suggest you review the Oral Examination Guidelines and the ABFP Core Competencies located in the Document Library.

Exams are held twice yearly, in April and October. Through April 2018 exams will be held at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta, GA.  Click HERE to be redirected to the calendar with exact dates.

Contact the ABFP National Chair of Exams located under the Specialty Board Officers page.