Appeal Procedures

CERTIFICATION APPLICATION REVIEW DECISION APPEAL PROCEDURES


Applicants have the right to appeal decisions made by the Certification Review Committee to deny their application for certification or to not approve coursework as satisfying the requirements of specific certification criteria.


Step One

The first step is for the applicants to request in writing to the Certification Review Committee Chair within 45 days of the Committee's official decision regarding their application to reconsider the decision to deny their application or not approve specific coursework. Applicants should clearly state specific reasons for why the Committee should reconsider its decision and provide additional documentation or materials to support their reasons. The Committee will review the applicant's request and supporting documentation and materials when reconsidering its decision, and the Chair will notify the applicant in writing of the Committee's decision within 30 days of receiving the request.

Please contact the Certification Review Committee Chair by mail or email (aaspcertificationchair@yahoo.com). 

Robert Harmison, Ph.D.
Chair, AASP Certification Review Committee
James Madison University
Dept. of Graduate Psychology
70 Alumnae Dr., MSC 7401
Harrisonburg, VA 22807-1013


Step Two

If, after receiving the Committee's decision regarding the request to reconsider decisions made by the Committee regarding the application, the applicant believes she/he has extenuating circumstances, and/or believes she/he has been treated in an arbitrary or biased fashion, or without adherence to the Certification Review Committee policies and procedures, the applicant may choose to file an appeal.


Step Three

The applicant should submit the appeal in writing to the AASP Division Head of Professional Standards within 45 days of the Committee's decision regarding the applicant's request to reconsider decisions about their application. The appeal must clearly state the reason(s) for the appeal and document details of the extenuating circumstance and/or ways in which the Committee acted in an arbitrary or biased fashion or without adherence to its policies and procedures. The Division Head of Professional Standards will initially rule as to whether the subject of the appeal constitutes an issue of bias/arbitrary actions or failure of the Committee to follow its process and procedures.


Step Four

If a basis for an appeal is stated, the Division Head of Professional Standards will convene a Certification Review Appeals Committee within 30 days of the receipt of the applicant's appeal. The membership of the Appeals Committee consists of three voting members: a chair and two additional members. The Division Head of Professional Standards appoints the Appeals Committee members who are familiar with the certification standards and requirements as well as the policies and procedures of the Certification Review Committee, currently hold Certified Consultant status (e.g., Active, Emeritus), but do not currently serve on the Certification Review Committee. The Appeals Committee will review the applicant's initial request to the Certification Review Committee to reconsider its decision along with the applicant's appeal regarding extenuating circumstances or arbitrary/biased treatment by the Certification Review Committee.

The Appeals Committee may gather additional information, including but not limited to, interviewing the applicant or members of the Certification Review Committee. The Appeals Committee will not review the Certification Review Committee's review and evaluation of the applicant's application materials. Rather, the Appeals Committee will review the manner in which the Certification Review Committee adhered to its policies and procedures and the extent to which the Certification Review Committee may have made decisions in arbitrary or biased ways.


Step Five

Following appropriate review and deliberation, the Appeals Committee will communicate its decision in writing to the AASP President and copied to the AASP Division Head of Professional Standards within 15 days of the Appeals Committee's decision regarding the applicants' appeal. Written copies of the Appeals Committee's decision will be placed in the applicant's application file. Appeals Committee decisions are subject to review by the current AASP President, immediate AASP Past-President, and AASP President-Elect, who share the final authority for appeals based on a majority opinion.


Step Six

A final letter of decision (i.e., the outcome of the appeal) will be provided to the applicant by the AASP President and copied to the Division Head of Professional Standards and the Certification Review Committee Chair within 15 days of the AASP President receiving the written report of evaluation from the Appeals Committee. All decisions from this ruling are deemed as final.

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