Become a Psychologist in Connecticut - CT
In order to practice as a psychologist in Connecticut, licensure is required by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, The Board of Examiners of Psychologists. The steps are listed below:
- Successful completion (score of 500 or greater) on the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP). The EPPP is given by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). In order to be eligible for this exam, all application materials must be submitted to the Board which will notify the applicant and the applicant can then apply for the exam online. Important to note for those interested in how to become a psychologist in Connecticut is the fact that the exam must be taken within 60 days of registration. Cost of the exam is $450 (other fees may be charged by the computer testing company).
- Successful completion of the Connecticut Jurisprudence exam.
- Submit the notarized application, a photograph, cashier’s check or money order for $565, official transcripts (with course descriptions if from a non-approved institution), verification of post doctoral work experience, and verification of the EPPP exam.
If an applicant has held a psychology license in a state other than Connecticut or has a certificate of professional qualification (CPQ), they must also submit a verification of license held (both current and expired) and the practice standards from that state (if hold a CPG, a verification of the award must also be submitted).
For those looking to specialize, the American Board of Professional Psychology grants certification for 13 different specialties:
- Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
- Clinical Health Psychology
- Clinical Neuropsychology
- Clinical Psychology
- Cognitive & Behavioral Psychology
- Counseling Psychology
- Couple & Family Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Group Psychology
- Organizational & Business Consulting Psychology
- Psychoanalysis in Psychology
- Rehabilitation Psychology
- School Psychology
To receive a specialty certification applicants must have a doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited institution or listed in the “Doctoral Psychology Programs Meeting Designation Criteria” or hold a CPQ in psychology and must be licensed as a psychologist within the United States. If applicants meet these requirements, they can apply for a specialty and the board will notify if that applicant has been approved.
Professional Organizations for Psychologists in Connecticut
American Psychological Association:
This national organization represents over 150,000 psychologists across the country. It works to further the profession and promote public welfare. The APA has 53 divisions which address all aspects of the field of psychology, giving all members in this diverse field the support necessary to provide quality care. Not only does it provide invaluable resources to its members and information to the public, the APA has many publications, from books to journal, to provide current research and factual information.
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Connecticut Psychological Association:
This state organization is an affiliate of the APA and provides many similar services as the APA, just at the state level. The CPA also has programs to help the individual psychologist and legislative groups to represent the entire profession in the state. Like many other state and national organization, the CPA provides educational information to the public.
Connecticut Psychological Association
342 North Main Street
West Hartford, CT 06117-2507