Section 1- Executive Council
There shall be an Executive Council composed of the President, President-Elect, Immediate Past-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Examination Coordinator. The duties of the Executive Council shall be to develop an agenda for the annual meeting and make recommendations to the Board for action.
Section 2 – Credentials Committee
The Examination Committee shall report to the Board and have the authority to develop and oversee candidate examination procedures on behalf of the Board. The Examination Committee shall be empowered to organize one or more regional oral examination teams to perform oral examinations in regions which are advantageous to the candidates, examiners, or the overall process as circumstances require.
The Examination Committee consists of a Chair and the following subcommittees and coordinators. The Examination Committee chair is an appointed position. The Chair serves as the Examination Coordinator [see subsection (c) below]. The Examination Committee Chair and subcommittee chairs are (re)appointed annually by the President based on a vote of the Board. Replacement of Examination Committee and subcommittee chairs or members, in the event of a vacancy, shall be made by the President based on a vote of the Board. The chair may, as needed, convene a subcommittee to develop Ethics vignettes and procedural guidelines for administering and grading the ethics component of the oral examination.
- Credentials Subcommittee. This subcommittee shall consist of a chair and at least two other board certified geropsychologists who are drawn from various professional backgrounds and are representative of the geropsychology community. This subcommittee shall have the authority to make an initial determination of an applicant’s eligibility for examination and shall report to the Examination Committee chair and Board as to the applicant’s eligibility. This subcommittee shall also have the responsibility to periodically review the Board’s guidelines for eligibility to be examined.
- Practice Sample (i.e., Professional Self-Study and Practice Samples) Subcommittee. This subcommittee shall consist of a chair and at least two other board certified geropsychologists. This subcommittee develops procedural guidelines for outlining necessary minimal criteria for practice samples, and reviews practice samples that have been submitted. This subcommittee reports to the Examination Committee Chair for approval of any procedural changes.
- Examination Coordinator. This Coordinator schedules oral examinations and selects and appoints oral examiners, observers, and trainees for the oral examinations. The Coordinator reviews observers’ and candidates’ reports to evaluate the performance of oral examiners.
Section 3 – Nominations Committee
The Immediate Past-President of the Board shall Chair the Nominations Committee; the current officers of the Board shall serve as the members of the committee. The Nominations Committee shall present candidates to the Board to fill expiring terms of all Board members at the annual meeting of the Board. The Nominations Committee shall solicit recommendations for Board nominations from all board certified specialists in good standing in the specialty. Nominees shall be elected to Board membership after a majority vote of the Board, and shall begin their terms January 1 of the following year.
Section 4 – Awards Committee
The Immediate Past-President shall chair the Awards Committee. The committee shall be comprised of the Executive Council members. The committee shall make recommendations to the Board for Awards. If more than one person is nominated for an award, a majority vote of the Board shall determine the award winner. The committee shall consider nominations from any board certified geropsychologist. The awards shall consist of the annual ABPP Specialty Award for Geropsychology, as well as any other awards as determined by the Board.
Section 4 – The Nominations Committee
The past president of ABGERO will be the Chair of the Nominations Committee; the current officers of the ABGERO will serve as the members of the committee. The Nominations Committee will present candidates to the Board to fill expiring terms of all Board members at the annual meeting of the Board. The Nominations Committee may receive recommendations for Board nominations from outside the Board. Nominees will be elected to Board membership after a majority vote of the Board, and will begin their terms at the end of the annual meeting following that election. Candidates for the Executive Council positions will be board members nominated by the Nominations Committee. The Board at the annual meeting will vote by majority rule to approve new Executive Council members and their terms will begin at the end of the annual meeting.
Section 5 – Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Committee
Board Certified Specialists who are certified after January 1, 2015 must successfully maintain their certificate every ten years. Board Certified Specialists who were certified before January 1, 2015 are encouraged to maintain their certificate through demonstration of ongoing competent practice every ten years, but may waive this obligation and maintain their certificate.
The MOC Committee is responsible for reviewing MOC submissions by ABGERO specialists and subspecialists, and for evaluating compliance with current criteria and standards approved by the ABGERO Board The MOC committee shall also advise the Board regarding possible revisions of the MOC criteria. The ABGERO President appoints a MOC Director and a minimum of three (3) members from the Board to serve on the MOC Committee.
Section 6 – Inclusion Committee
The Board values diversity and inclusivity among all persons, including the Board members and board certified specialists more broadly. The Inclusion Committee is responsible for promoting the Board’s commitment to diversity, broadly defined, and inclusiveness. The committee is comprised of a chair and at least 2 members who are board certified specialists in good standing in the specialty. Terms are for 3 years for the chair and members, with an optional reappointment for a 2nd term as determined by the President. Member terms shall be staggered.
Section 7 – Outreach Committee
The Outreach Committee is responsible for publicity and marketing, broadly defined, via technology (e.g., social media) and non-technological means. The committee shall also facilitate communication between the Board and the community of board certified geropsychologists. The committee is comprised of a chair and at least 2 members who are board certified specialists in good standing in the specialty. Terms are for 3 years for the chair and members, with an optional reappointment for a 2nd term as determined by the President. Member terms shall be staggered.
Section 8 – Ad Hoc Appeals Committee
An Ad Hoc Appeals Committee shall be convened on an as-needed basis by the President to review appeals (a) by applicants regarding not being approved as meeting the geropsychology-specific credentials criteria (as determined by the Credentials committee); (b) by candidates regarding not passing the Practice Sample review (as determined by the Practice Sample subcommittee); (c) by candidates regarding failing the Oral Examination (as determined by an appointed Oral Examination team); or (d) by specialists regarding failing the MOC review (as determined by the MOC Committee). This committee shall be chaired by the Secretary and shall consist of three (3) members of the ABGERO Board not already serving on the Examination Committee.
Section 9 – Subspecialty Committee (if sub-specialties are developed under ABGERO)
The Subspecialty Committee shall govern aspects of the subspecialty process, including the creation of subcommittees responsible for credential review, development and administration of a written examination (if required), and development and implementation of the practice sample review and oral examination procedures. The Board shall appoint a Chair of the Subspecialty Committee; members shall be selected by the Subspecialty Committee Chair with approval by the Board.
If the Board approves the designation of subspecialties within ABGERO, each subspecialty shall have an Examination subcommittee, the chair of which shall be appointed by the President in consultation with the Subspecialty Chair and Specialty Examination Committee Chair, with approval of the Board. This committee shall have the authority to make an initial determination of an applicant’s eligibility for subspecialty examination based on a credentials review, as well as develop the practice sample and oral exam requirements.
If the Board approves the designation of subspecialties of ABGERO and a written exam is determined to be a necessary part of the examination process, the Subspecialty Written Examination Subcommittee shall work with the specialty Written Examination Subcommittee (Article V, Section 2, subsection e) to develop the rubrics and write, edit, develop and test item banks for the subspecialty written examination. This subcommittee shall report to the Examination Committee and Board for approval of any procedural changes.