Becoming a Member of SVPA Division II (Forensic Psychology):

All members of the Forensic Division must first be a member of
SVPA. You must be a member of SVPA prior to applying.

Criteria for Full Membership
  1. Earned Doctorate from an APA-approved psychology program, or equivalent
  2. Internship in psychology from an APA-approved program, or equivalent
  3. Member, SVPA AND American Psychological Association (APA) or California Psychological Association (CPA)
  4. California State Licensure as a Psychologist
  5. 5 years postdoctoral experience
  6. Specific forensic experience as defined by meeting any one of criteria A through D
A.  Diplomate (ABPP) status in forensic psychology
B.  1800 hours supervised forensic experience
C.  2 years work experience in a forensic setting, which may include forensic psychology      practice or
D.  Have made a recognized contribution to forensic psychology

Criteria for Associate Membership

  • Meets criteria 1, 2, 3, and 4 above; in process of working to meet criteria 5 and 6

Criteria for Provisional Membership
  • Meets criteria 1, 2, and 3 above; in process of working to meet criteria 4, 5, and 6

Criteria for Student Membership
  • Matriculated in an APA-approved doctoral program in psychology, or equivalent; in process of working to meet criteria 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6

How to Apply for Membership to the Forensic Division

Download the division's
 PDF application. Your application will be reviewed at the next meeting of the Forensic Board. The Membership Chair will contact you with an update. If you are having difficulty opening up the PDF application, please try the Word application.


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