6 Hours | 6 CEs (3 POST credits)

This on-demand professional training program on Preparing for Board Certification in Police & Public Safety Psychology is presented by Jeni McCutcheon, PsyD, ABPP & Gary Fischler, Ph.D., ABPP, in partnership with The American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology.

Psychologists who practice in police and public safety psychology (PPSP) often choose to have their competence recognized through board certification by the American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP), one of the 15 specialty boards of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). 

This program is presented by the current National Chair of Examinations (NCE) and his immediate predecessor and will describe the distinctive PPSP knowledge areas, including cultural competence; ethical, legal, and practice standards; essential PPSP functions; and the unique aspects of police and public safety personnel and organizations. In addition, it will describe the benchmarks and foundational PPSP competencies necessary to practice in its four primary domains: assessment, clinical intervention, operational support, and organizational consultation.  

The program will provide a step-by-step guide on applying for board certification, including preparing the Practice Sample, choosing work samples, and technical submission requirements. In addition, an overview of the board certification process will be provided, including submitting the initial application, submitting the Practice Sample, obtaining feedback from the Practice Sample Review Committee, and the Oral Examination process. Finally, this program covers how to create and implement a plan to acquire the knowledge and experience needed to apply for board certification, experience the benefits of board certification, succeed in the application and examination process, and identify helpful resources.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of board certification in police and public safety psychology

  • Describe the process by which a psychologist demonstrates competence through board certification

  • Describe the role of a professional mentor in the board certification process

  • Describe the differences between the four primary domains and functional competencies in police and public safety psychology

  • Describe resources to assist in becoming a board-certified specialist

Presented By

Jeni McCutcheon, Psy.D., ABPP

Jeni McCutcheon, Psy.D., M.S.C.P., ABPP is a licensed psychologist in Arizona and Washington and board-certified in Police and Public Safety Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. She has worked continuously in the field of police and public safety psychology for the last 21 years. In multiple settings, within the agency and in independent practice, she has formed teams and systems for psychological service provision in this psychology specialization area. Services provided include pre-employment evaluations, officer-involved shooting, use of force and other post-critical incident services, psychotherapy services to personnel and their family, teaching and training, consultation services, and CISM/Peer Support Team selection, development and management services.

Gary L. Fischler, PhD., ABPP

Dr. Gary L. Fischler earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1984 and is a licensed psychologist in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He is a Board Certified Specialist of the American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP) and a member of its Board of Directors, serving as its National Chair of Examinations. He is a past General Chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Police Psychology Services Section (PPSS). He is an adjunct assistant professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota and has served as the chair of the University of Minnesota Press Advisory Board, Test Division. He is a past chair of the IACP PPSS Education Committee, Fitness-For-Duty Guidelines Committee, and Ethics Consultation Committee. He is a past chair of the Ethics Committee of the Minnesota Psychological Association and has served as a court-appointed psychological examiner in Hennepin County since 1995. Dr. Fischler's special interests relate to the interface between psychological functioning, legal issues, and workplace concerns, and he has authored or co-authored several publications on these topics.
  • 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

    APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC Click here for state and other regional board approvals.


  • 1


    • Review Before Proceeding

  • 2

    Lesson 1

    • Lesson 1 Video

    • Task force on 21st century policing

    • Commision on Law Enforement & Administration of Justice

    • ABPPSP - Brochure

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 3

    Lesson 2

    • Lesson 2 Video

    • PSPP Examination Manual

    • Core Legal Knowledge

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 4

    Lesson 3

    • Lesson 3 Video

    • Scientific Knowledge

    • MMPI2RF Underreporting Police Selection

    • Bonanno - Resilience Reading

    • MH Profession Consultants to Police Hostage

    • Ethics & Invisible Psychologist

    • Suicide by Cop

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 5

    Lesson 4

    • Lesson 4 Video

    • Lesson Quiz

  • 6


    • Instructions

    • Evaluation

    • Submission Verification

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The American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology

We are proud to partner with The American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP) for this training. ABPPSP became a fully affiliated specialty board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) on October 21, 2011. Police and Public Safety Psychology is concerned with assisting law enforcement and other public safety personnel and agencies in carrying out their missions and societal functions with optimal effectiveness, safety, health, and conformity to laws and ethics. It consists of the application of the science and profession of psychology in four primary domains of practice: assessment, clinical intervention, operational support, and organizational consultation.

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