What is the American Association of Doctors of Behavioral Health?
American Association of Doctors of Behavioral Health is an association and certifying body for Doctors of Behavioral Health, Behavioral Health Consultants and Behavioral Health Specialists. These professionals are uniquely educated and trained integrated healthcare professionals. The healthcare system is a multi-faceted, complex system, with branches that extended into nearly all aspects of human life. From lifestyle medicine, health education, therapeutic services, advocacy, behavior change modification and more, behavioral health practitioners are at the forefront of the changing face of integrated healthcare services. Our Board of Directors seek to make access to this integrated care for all.
What Integrated Behavioral Health practitioners needed, was a governing body, to oversee quality assurance, behavioral health licensing, credentialing, and certification, with safe and ethical codes of conduct and standards, that translated across all arenas of behavioral health. Our board seeks to create clarity, clear career pathways, workable options, licensing, credentialing, and certifications that are in alignment with what behavioral health providers do. The board serves to instill trust, confidence, and quality to our consumers and the various healthcare allies that work with them.
Our board’s licensure, credentialing and certification standards will give providers the assurances that they need to demonstrate that they are qualified and able to do the tasks required of them. They will have the backing of the AADBH behind them.
The types of behavioral health providers we certify, credential or license, are:
- Doctors of Behavioral Health (Management)
- Doctors of Behavioral Health (Clinical)
- Behavioral Health Consultants
- Behavioral Health Specialists
- Neurobehavioral Scientist
- Behavior Modification Specialists
- Behavioral Health Directors
- and More!
One of the most important assurances integrated behavioral healthcare providers can give to their clients or patients, is that they are competent, knowledgeable, highly educated, professional, and adhere to strict ethical codes of conduct and standards. Setting up a formal board was necessary to provide much-needed recognition, visibility, representation, guidance, and quality, to an ever-increasing integrated behavioral healthcare body.
The American Association of Doctors of Behavioral Health will give behavioral health providers the voice needed to more smoothly integrate into medical, or specialty mental health fields. The correct type of licensure, credentialing, and certifications is essential to the complex and vast, healthcare system. While there are many behavioral health providers that obtained psychological licensure, these licenses do not highlight the specialized training and education that behavioral health practitioners have acquired in their own respective fields.
Our board’s professionalism pathways will assist behavioral health providers in knowing what integrated healthcare avenues they could take, to be able to show off their skills and impress not only future employers but clients or patients. Many talented and highly skilled providers have been displaced, due to not having the appropriate licensing, credentials, or certifications to do a specific job, simply because those licenses, credentials, and certifications did not exist. Integrated behavioral healthcare providers are healthcare disruptors.
When there is a process that is not delivering the efficacy or outcomes that it should, these providers step in, to change that system. This is why the American Association of Doctors of Behavioral Health has been created to fix this dilemma. The AADBH’s licenses, credentials, and certifications will be recognized all across the United States of America. Doctors of Behavioral Health, as well as other integrated behavioral healthcare practitioners, need representation that leaves no room for error for who we are and what we do.
The AADBH is an association that is forward moving, forward-thinking, and does not shy away from being a constant work in progress. This means, that if something is not working as it should, or needs to be changed in light of new evidence-based knowledge then the association will do so. The organization prides itself in being created, operated, and managed by individuals in the field of Behavioral Health Sciences.
The goal of the AADBH is to help practitioners in our field be the best they can be. We want integrated behavioral health providers to have their skills highlighted and respected, by the backing of a behavioral health board that wants to make sure that all stakeholders are trusted by their patients, clients, organizations, and colleagues. Join the AADBH today!
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