ERIC Number: ED030144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Professional in the Community Views the Nonprofessional Helper: Psychology.
Blau, Theodore H.
This report assumes that professional training programs will not be able to meet future demands for psychological help. The role of the nonprofessional, and the responsibility of the professional psychologist are discussed in terms of this problem. The various levels of training which now prepare individuals to do certain specialized jobs, are described. Professional psychologists can help to control the content and quality of training programs for nonprofessionals on the job, in a university setting, or in a specialty school. When nonprofessional personnel becomes available, controls which insure the protection of the client, and the effectiveness of the service must be established. The various types of controls discussed include organizational controls, professional liason, and legal controls. Positive approaches to the interaction between psychologists and nonprofessionals in the community setting described involve: the setting of community standards, the establishment of supervisory controls, the longitudinal evaluation of the effectiveness of services rendered by nonprofessionals, quality control in community training programs, the role of the local professional group, and the setting up of programs to help common "needers" in the community such as alcoholics and drug addicts. (PS)
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Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association meetings, San Francisco, California, August 30--September 3, 1968