Professionals commonly are accorded a great deal of autonomy and freedom by the larger society. Professionals, in turn, also tacitly agree to take on particular responsibilities and obligations that are not expected of non-professionals. One major hallmark of being a professional is being able to demonstrate that you possess specialized knowledge and competencies. The acquisition of such expertise is certified through two interlocking processes – accreditation and licensure. Accreditation is a voluntary process in which educational institutions demonstrate that they meet particular standards that the dominant professional association deems necessary to ensure a high quality of professional training. Licensure refers to credentialing by state boards of individuals who have met specialized educational requirements.
The Program has been continuously accredited since 1951 by the American Psychological Association [750 First St. NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; (800) 374- 2721; http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/]. Being accredited means that our Program must meet multiple criteria, some of which include having a coherent model of professional training, a coherent and graduated curriculum that provides clear instruction in discipline specific content and the development of profession wide competencies, a clearly identifiable core faculty, clear lines of leadership and accountability, adequate space and resources, respectful interpersonal relationships, and training experiences that recognize human commonalities and diversity. As part of maintaining our accreditation, the faculty and student representatives must provide an annual report to the American Psychological Association and, every 5-10 years, must conduct a thorough program review, which is followed by a site visit by psychologists from other universities. Our annual reports are prepared in August of each year by the Director of Clinical Training, and submitted to the American Psychological Association. Accredited programs agree to cover certain topical areas in their curricula. These areas change over time. It is our obligation to ensure that we offer courses in areas that are required by the accrediting body. It is your responsibility to ensure that you avail yourself of what we are obligated to offer.
While accreditation deals with the relationship between educational institutions and professional associations, licensure involves a relationship between individual professionals and state regulatory boards. Licenses are granted by each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and by all Canadian provinces to individuals who have met stringent educational requirements. A license permits those holding the license to perform certain activities (e.g., practice medicine, law, psychology, etc.) and also reserves use of the term (e.g., physician, psychologist) exclusively to the holders. In Connecticut, licensed psychologists enjoy certain privileges (e.g., privileged communication about client disclosures, the right to have potentially dangerous individuals detained by the police, etc.) and only individuals holding licenses as psychologists can call themselves “psychologists”. Although there is some consistency across states regarding licensure, there are state-specific requirements. In accordance with the Higher Education Act, UConn hereby discloses that the curriculum for this program meets the state educational requirements for licensure as a Psychologist for the State of Connecticut. UConn has not determined whether the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Psychologist in any other states or territories. We encourage you to investigate the requirements in the states or territories that you may be interested in licensure. Links to individual state licensing requirements can be found on this Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards webpage: https://www.asppb.net/page/BdContactNewPG.