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ERIC Number: ED259289
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-18
Pages: 15
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Psychology Specialty Training: Toward a Generic Model of Professional Psychology.
Greenfield, David N.; And Others
Although there appear to be only minor differences between clinical, counseling, and school psychology disciplines, doctoral training typically involves application to a doctoral specialty training program in one of these separate fields. Perhaps the American Psychological Association (APA) has focused too much on existing differences and not enough on establishing a definitive and solid common base. Since the APA no long distinguishes between clinical, counseling, and school internships, it seems curious that one would specialize in doctoral training and then generalize during training in a professional psychology internship. A model similar to that of medical residency programs might better serve psychology programs. Doctoral training would focus on the development of skills generic to the field of psychology, perhaps building upon the four areas of study required by the APA (biological, cognitive-affective, social, and individual bases of behavior). Additional coursework and practica could be offered in the areas of counseling/psychotherapy, psychological assessment, behavioral medicine, vocational/educational issues, and psychopathology. Under this model, graduates would be able to pursue further post-doctoral education in specialty areas once the educational requirements are met for the doctoral degree in professional psychology. (NRB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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