ERIC Number: ED170432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
Implications of Licensure, Certification and Credentialling for Minority Providers.
Taylor, Dalmas A.
The concern with licensure and certification is responsive to the profession's need to insure that individuals entering into the practice of psychology are well grounded in the core body of knowledge appropriate to such practice. Current trends toward exclusivity in licensure and certification, however, will have a disproportionately adverse effect on minority health service providers. Because the proposed regulations would require training in psychology departments, minorities who have been forced by racism and other discriminatory factors to seek comparable training in related disiplines would not qualify for licensure. This would contribute to the forces that already prevent ethnic minority individuals from achieving employment opportunities that would permit them to serve minority populations. Another results would be that indigent populations, comprised mostly of minorities, not serviced by traditional health service providers, will seek these services from others (e.g., medicine men). It would appear that both existing and proposed licensure and certification guidelines are not in the best interest of minority professionals or communities. (Author/EB)
Descriptors: American Indians, Blacks, Certification, Educational Opportunities, Eligibility, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, Health Needs, Health Occupations, Higher Education, Mental Health, Minority Groups, Opinions, Psychiatric Services, Psychological Services, Research, Statistical Data
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Not available in hard copy due to reproduction quality of the original document ; Paper presented at the National Conference on Minority Group Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Issues (Denver, Colorado, May 22-24, 1978)