ERIC Number: ED268420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Psychological Consultation: A Comparison of Predoctoral Training and Actual Practice.
Watterson, John A.
Few studies have been conducted which pertain to the consultation training backgrounds of psychologists and many questions remain unanswered. One study (Gallessich and Watterson, 1984) attempted to identify the current patterns of predoctoral education and training in consultation. Another study was undertaken to determine the extent to which these patterns of predoctoral consultation training are congruent with the opinions and actual practices of consulting psychologists. A survey assessing the availability and characteristics of consultation education and training from American Psychological Association (APA) accredited predoctoral training programs was completed by 332 program directors. A second survey, completed by 177 psychological consultants who were members of APA Division 13, Consulting Psychology, assessed the characteristic practices, training backgrounds, and salient concerns of consulting psychologists. A comparison of results from these two surveys revealed that there were many incongruences between predoctoral consultation training patterns and the recommendations of experienced consultants regarding training practices. The limited availability of formalized consultation training reported by program directors was in contrast to the strong endorsement by consultants that specialized preparation is needed for consultative effectiveness. There seemed to be agreement that the most important job of predoctoral training programs is to establish in their trainees a solid base of clinical skills which would underlie later consultation work. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (93rd, Los Angeles, CA, August 23-27, 1985).