8 Hours | 8 CEs (4 POST credits)

This on-demand professional training on Foundational & Functional Competencies in Police & Public Safety Psychology is presented by David M. Corey, Ph.D., ABPP & Heather McElroy, Ph.D., ABPP, in partnership with The American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology.

This program provides an overview of the competencies required of all psychologists seeking board certification and detailed information about how those are demonstrated specifically in Police & Public Safety Psychology. It also describes the history and development of competencies in psychology, including inter-organizational adoption of the competencies, use of the competencies in articulating educational and training guidelines within and across specialties, and utilization of competencies as a basis for board certification.

Specific to Police & Public Safety Psychology, this program will address the ten foundational competencies required of psychologists seeking board certification, specifically in the specialty of Police and Public Safety Psychology.  Each competency area will be defined, and examples of how psychologists can demonstrate those competencies will be discussed. In addition, the program reviews the four domains of the specialty and includes a discussion of how to demonstrate functional competency in those areas.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe the Foundational and Functional Competencies

  • Describe the difference between Foundational and Functional Competencies

  • Describe the general process of becoming board certified through the American Board of Professional Psychology

  • Describe how Foundational and Functional Competencies may be demonstrated in the process of a board certification examination in Police & Public Safety Psychology

Presented By

David M. Corey, PhD, ABPP

David M. Corey, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist with nearly 40 years of experience performing high-stakes evaluations of candidates and employees in public safety positions (e.g., police officers, firefighters, emergency dispatchers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, federal law enforcement personnel) and other safety-sensitive positions, including physicians, nurses, and pilots. He is the founding president of the American Board of Police & Public Safety Psychology, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 18). He is an ABPP board certified specialist in both forensic psychology and in police and public safety psychology.

Heather McElroy, PhD., ABPP

Dr. Heather McElroy is a Board Certified Police and Public Safety Psychologist with over 15 years of experience working exclusively with public safety agencies conducting psychological pre-employment screening, fitness for duty evaluations, critical incident debriefing, hostage negotiation, and wellness training. She has been POST certified as a Peace Officer since 2011, and she served as chair of the International Association of Chiefs Of Police Psychological Services Section. She is currently the Education Chair of the Police and Public Safety Section of the Public Service Division of the American Psychological Association and currently serves on the Ethics Committee of the IACP. She serves as a mentor in the early career minority police psychology mentorship group to encourage minority development into leadership positions within the field of police psychology. Her course instruction experience includes training for the National Internal Affairs Investigator’s Association, Georgia Internal Affairs Investigator’s Association, the Georgia Association of Chief’s of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police. She has also published articles in Police Chief magazine related to psychological fitness for duty and co-authored a book chapter titled, Social Climate Change and the Modern Police Department: Millennials, Marijuana, and Mass Media.
  • Intended Audience

    This self-paced program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals.

  • Experience Level

    This self-paced program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

  • CE / CPD Credit

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  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2

    Competency Based Approach

    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Q & A - Competency Based Approach

    • Lesson 2 Video

  • 4

    Foundational Competencies- Intro & Assessment

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Analysis of the ADA

    • Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation

    • Current Issues in Psychological Fitness-for-Duty Evaluations

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Assessment - Part 2

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Improving Law Enforcement Resilience

    • Core Legal Knowledge for the Practice of PPSP

    • Examination Manual

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6


    • Lesson 5 Video

    • Psychological Fitness-for-Duty Evaluation Guidelines

    • Model Policy

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 7


    • Lesson 6 Video

    • Peace Officer Psychological Screening Manual

    • Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 8


    • Lesson 7 Video

    • Preemployment Psychological Evaluation Guidelines

    • The Family and Medical Leave Act

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 9


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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