Become a Psychologist in Arizona - AZ

While earning your doctorate, or afterward, those interested in how to become a psychologist in Arizona must complete an internship under the supervision of a psychologist or psychiatrist for at least five percent of the time spent working. At least a quarter of the first 1,500 hours you work must be in direct client contact. Of the next 1,500 hours, at least 600 must be in direct client contact.

Those interested in how to become a psychologist in Arizona should note that in order to include the prefix “psycho” in your title, you must earn a license issued by the state. Submit your application and fee for licensure to the Arizona Board for Psychological Examiners, which will review it and tell you when you may register to take the national Examination for Professional practice in Psychology (EPPP). The test is administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). Arizona does not have a jurisprudence or oral exam besides the EPPP. You can take the computer-based EPPP in any of 300 testing centers in North America.

If you received your license in another state, you can practice psychology up to 20 day each year, provided it is within the customary area of practice for which you are licensed.

Professional Organizations for Psychologists in Arizona

Arizona Psychological Association
Started in 1950, this group joined the American Psychological Association the next year. It shares the national body’s mission of supporting and promoting psychologists in Arizona, advocating for its members and clients, and promoting awareness of mental and behavioral health issues to the public.

AZ Psychological Association
1843 E. Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ
(480) 675-9477

Adlerian Society of Arizona (ASA)
The Adlerian Society of Arizona is a statewide group educating the public on the works of Alfred Adler and the branch of psychology named after him.

Granite Mountain Psychological Society
This group, headquartered in north-central Arizona, consists of licensed mental health professionals, teachers and researchers.

Children’s Services Network
This organization provides professionals who work with children, teens and their families to offer mental health services and other methods of support.

Northern Arizona Psychological Society
This group meets at Northern Arizona University.

Scottsdale Psychological Society
The Scottsdale Society meets quarterly and somewhat casually, in the home of one of its members to listen to a featured speaker. Attending the meeting will give you a unit of AZPA endorsed continuing education credit, as well as the chance to network with area professionals. scottsdalepsychologicalsociety.org


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