ERIC Number: ED250625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Survey of Health Psychology Training among Counseling Psychology Programs.
Altmaier, Elizabeth M.
Health psychology has emerged as a potentially distinct specialty within counseling psychology. To determine the nature and extent of health psychology training in counseling psychology programs, 55 training directors of counseling psychology programs that are either members of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP) or are approved, or being approved, by the American Psychological Association were surveyed. The survey focused on identifying information about the program, course work in health psychology available either within or outside the program, applied experiences, research interests, and placement. The results of the survey (response rate of 89%) showed that almost 60% of the programs had no health psychology course work. Those programs offering relevant courses indicated courses focusing on substance abuse, disability, general health psychology, and rehabilitation. Fifty-nine percent of the programs reported practicum placements in health psychology. An average of 1.5 faculty per program was reported to have health psychology as an interest area. Students reported a moderate interest in the subject area, with 18% of them participating in related research. A moderate percentage (35-40%) of the programs reported no internships or job placements in health psychology related settings. These findings suggest that there is a moderate interest in health psychology research and practice among counseling psychology faculty and students. (The survey questionnaire is attached.) (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Health Psychology
Note: Paper presented at the symposium "Counseling Psychology and Health Behavior: Current Status and Future Possibilities" at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).