As we enter the second year of the pandemic, The American Board of Professional Neuropsychology (ABN) recognizes that training directors and fellows continue to face significant disruptions impacting post-doctoral training and supervision models.
In the response to the ongoing challenges associated with COVID-19, we note that the American Psychological Association Council on Accreditation (CoA) continues to advise that temporary use of telesupervision, substituting where necessary for direct face to face supervision, is permissible. “If in-person supervision is disrupted, flexibility in the use of telesupervision as a part of a program’s plan to minimize COVID-19 exposure is appropriate”. See https://www.accreditation.apa.org/covid-19
While it is unknown how long these modified training advisories will remain in effect, the CoA currently defines temporary changes as short-term program modifications implemented to minimize COVID-19 exposure through July 1, 2021. The CoA will continue to evaluate whether flexibility in the expanded use of distance practices and other COVID-19 related program changes are appropriate beyond July 1, 2021 and will provide updates when they are made.
Accordingly, to assist post-doctoral trainees and supervisors in their planning process, the ABN examination committee will continue to review applications on an individualized case by case basis, taking into consideration unique circumstances of individual trainees and training sites, and ongoing guidance from American Psychological Association Council on Accreditation. At such time as we may learn that temporary COVID related waivers for the direct face to face post-doctoral supervision requirement is no longer being advised, we will post updated notice on our COVID advisory webpage.