What is a Diplomate?

A Diplomate is a professional designation and diploma of advanced competence that far exceeds the minimum requirements for licensure in any state or province. Diplomate status is awarded by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), which is the oldest and most respected governing specialty board granting certification in North America. Since 1947 the ABPP has awarded Diplomate status to practitioners to designate to the public that they possess advanced competency in their areas of specialization. The credentialing process is very rigorous and involves having a practioner's work directly examined by a committee of specialists including having an oral defense of their work and clinical judgment. It is not an easy credential to obtain and very few psychologists are awarded this honour. Dr. Mills has two Diplomate designations and is the only Diplomate in psychology practicing in the Region of Durham. He is also the only psychologist in Canada with a double board certification in Clinical Psychology & Psychoanalysis.