APPCN grew out of the Midwest Neuropsychology Consortium, an organization founded in 1988 by postdoctoral neuropsychology training programs located in the Midwestern United States. The Midwest Neuropsychology Consortium was a membership organization of postdoctoral training programs that supported the training guidelines prepared by a joint task force of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) and Division 40 of the American Psychological Association (APA). In 1992, the programs belonging to the Midwest Neuropsychology Consortium joined with neuropsychology postdoctoral programs from other parts of the United States to form APPCN. APPCN continued the Midwest Consortium’s mission of promoting postdoctoral training based on the INS-Division 40 guidelines.
APPCN established bylaws and was incorporated in 1994 as a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. In 1997, APPCN was a sponsor and participated in the further development of guidelines for education and training in clinical neuropsychology at the Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology. In 2001, APPCN initiated a computerized match for resident selection similar to that already used by medical residencies and recently introduced by predoctoral internships. The APPCN Match is operated by National Matching Services (NMS), which provides matching services for psychology internship programs and many other postgraduate educational institutions in North America. In 2002, APPCN decided to permit non-APPCN programs meeting certain criteria to participate in the Match.
The mission of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) is to offer the highest quality competency-based residency training in clinical neuropsychology with an emphasis on preparation for future specialty board certification though the American Board of Professional Psychology/American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP/ABCN).
APPCN specifies a unified competency-based curriculum for residency training programs in clinical neuropsychology. APPCN offers unique and specific resources to APPCN member programs and trainees that support professional development, as well as the competent and ethical practice of clinical neuropsychology. APPCN provides a national match process to facilitate the application and interviewing process for postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology.
APPCN is committed to maintaining both an awareness of and response to issues that impact residency training in clinical neuropsychology. APPCN embraces the Houston Guidelines as a model for training in clinical neuropsychology. APPCN views the American Board of Professional Psychology diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP-CN) as the clearest demonstration of peer-reviewed competence to practice clinical neuropsychology. APPCN Member Programs commit to a curriculum, training resources, and training opportunities that support APPCN graduates in their pursuit of ABPP-CN.
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