Welcome to the BRAIN website!
BRAIN (Be Ready for ABPP In Neuropsychology) was started in 2002 by about a dozen friends who felt the best way to tackle the ABPP/ABCN board certification process was to support one another, apply a little friendly peer pressure to complete the process in a timely manner, and divide the work load (e.g., chapter summaries, review of work samples). This group began to accumulate notes to help each other with the process and launched an e-mail study support group which, over time, grew to include hundreds of members.
As the group grew, so did the notes. Study outlines were developed and updated. New topics were covered and notes on old topics were revised, shortened, updated, or corrected. This website represents the collective effort of the many members of the group. We hope that, by posting study materials on this venue, we will help members of our ever-growing study group, as well as anyone else who happens to be pursuing ABPP/ABCN certification, move on to achieve this important distinction.
The BRAIN group is connected by a formal e-mail list-serve. Participating in the BRAIN list-serve is not required to view this site. Links that explain how to join the list-serve, as well as its rules and regulations, are available below.
The 4 Steps of ABPP/ABCN Certification
Becoming ABPP/ABCN certified involves the following four steps (click each for info):
- Credentials Review (Starting the Process and the Initial Application)
- Written Examination
- Practice Samples
- Oral Examination
The BRAIN List-Serve
Joining BRAIN will allow you access to an e-mail list-serve and support/information network.
- Learn how to join the BRAIN list-serve
- Manage your BRAIN list-serve account
Although a number of BRAIN members have successfully completed the board certification process, neither the BRAIN group nor this site are part of or sanctioned by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN), the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), or any other accreditation agency. We strongly recommend that you visit the web sites for those organizations if you want to learn more about them and the ABPP/ABCN certification process.
In early 2007, BRAIN formalized a working relationship with the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). The AACN has always had an educational component to its mission, which matches well with BRAIN’s overall mission. At this time, the AACN’s and BRAIN’s education efforts are seen as complementing each other, with neither replacing the other. Be sure to visit the AACN’s web site for additional information on becoming board certified.
Caveat emptor! Downloading advice or study materials from this site is a bit like borrowing your buddy’s notes in college or grad school. The study materials have helped others, but there is no guarantee that they will work for you. Also, the notes are in constant evolution as they are edited and refined through the dedication of BRAIN members. The notes’ authors, web site host, and everyone else involved in the creation and distribution of these study notes make no promises as to the complete accuracy or relevance of the material, and invite you to suggest changes.