ERIC Number: ED246341
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-14
Reference Count: 0
Training Non-Clinical Community Psychologists at the Master's Level: A Case Study of Outcomes.
Hoffnung, Robert J.; And Others
Previous research on training for community psychology has failed to distinguish between the effects of different types of training programs or to address the viability of master's level training in community psychology. To explore the value of master's level training in non-clinical community psychology, 83 of 112 students who earned master's degrees from the University of New Haven between 1973 and 1982 completed mailed surveys (a 74% response). The respondents were asked to estimate on a five-point Likert scale the extent to which the graduate program, their work settings, and their professional interests, at three points in time (prior to the master's program, at graduation, currently) emphasized various dimensions of community psychology. The dimensions rated were traditional clinical practice; community mental health; community, individual, group, and organizational intervention; research; and theoretical approaches. Analysis of results showed that respondents' work settings emphasized traditional clinical practice and individual intervention more than their master's program, and placed less emphasis than their master's program on community mental health, organizational and community intervention, research, and theory. Interest in community mental health, research, and community, organizational, and group intervention had increased by graduation; between graduation and the present there was a significant increase in research interest. Respondents also indicated a need for additional training in direct service skills such as testing, family therapy, crisis intervention, and substance abuse counseling. The findings indicate that master's level, non-clinical training was successful for the majority of graduates. (MCF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Support Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Community Psychology
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Baltimore, MD, April 12-15, 1984).