National Register Strengthens Relationship With School Psychology
Volume 44 Issue 1
By Morgan T. Sammons
The Board of Directors of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists (National Register) recently approved the National Association of School Psychologists' (NASP) application for recognition of the NCSP (Nationally Certified School Psychologist) credential. (See related announcement written by Eric Rossen). In addition to endorsing the quality of the NCSP credential, this decision means that any school psychologist who is credentialed by the National Register and holds the NCSP may now promote their NCSP on the consumer website FindaPsychologist.org. We hope this is another step in a strong collaborative relationship between the National Register and NASP, and further encouragement to school psychologists to identify themselves as health service providers. The National Register has enjoyed a long affiliation with the school psychology community, which has most recently included working with the Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs (CDSPP) to refine the internship requirements for school psychologists (https://sites.google.com/site/cdspphome/2012guidelines).
For those NASP members not familiar with the National Register, it was established as a nonprofit entity in 1974 and is the largest credentialing organization for doctoral-level psychologists. The National Register was created to identify qualifiedhealth service providers, a term that connotes a specific level of education and training but is neither a specialty distinction nor exclusive to psychologists working in clinical settings.
The National Register currently credentials more than 10,000 licensed psychologists, of whom more than 700 were trained in school psychology doctoral programs. Additionally, more than 2,000 graduate students in psychology have joined the National Psychologist Training Register (NPTR) and are documenting their curricula, and banking primary source verification of their practica, predoctoral internship hours, and postdoctoral experiences in preparation for licensure and credentialing as Health Service Psychologists. Both doctoral students and early career psychologists can apply to receive a scholarship to reduce the cost of initial membership fees.
The Benefits of the National Register Health Service Psychologist Credential
Like the NCSP, the strength of the National Register is based on its rigorous credentialing requirements (http://www.nationalregister.org/apply/credentialing-requirements) and the primary source verification of documentation collected to establish adherence to these criteria. As a nationally known entity, the National Register uses this primary source verified credentials bank to confirm qualifications of psychologists to healthcare organizations, hospitals, and employers. In addition, more than two thirds of psychology licensing boards in the United States and Canada accept the National Register credential as a mechanism to expedite licensure in their respective jurisdictions. This process, known as licensure mobility, removes the need for psychologists to document their education and track down former internship and postdoctoral supervisors when applying for another license. For an updated list of jurisdictions accepting the National Register credential for mobility purposes, please visit http://www.nationalregister.org/member-benefits/licensure-mobility.
Additionally, the National Register is a source of high-quality continuing education, professional resources such as the highly regarded Register Report magazine published twice yearly, and resources for the public. For more information, please visitwww.nationalregister.org.
Morgan T. Sammons, PhD, ABPP, is the executive officer of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and may be contacted at Morgan.Sammons@nationalregister.org