ERIC Number: ED302768
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug-16
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Training MA Psychologists for Work in Rural Settings: Issues and Models.
Keller, Peter A.
Despite the assumptions some have naively made about various stresses and the quality of life associated with rural settings, most who have studied people residing in rural areas would acknowledge the strong need for mental health services. However psychologists, like most other health care professionals prefer the amenities of more metropolitan settings, and rural dwellers have traditionally had less access to psychological services than metropolitan citizens in many parts of the country. Professionals desiring to work in rural settings must obtain realistic expectations about rural life if they are to find satisfaction from their work there. Regrettably, only a handful of programs at any level have expressed interest in preparing psychologists who will be committed to rural settings. Training for work in rural settings must prepare students to become community-oriented generalists, fulfilling four basic roles: (1) individual and interpersonal assessment; (2) community problem assessment; (3) individual and group behavior change; and (4) community change. The status of master's level psychology graduates is currently under assault from within the profession and by legislation and policy that favor doctoral-level psychologists. The profession may be following short-term financial interests rather than asking if rural and other less advantaged clients may be better served by a multilevel profession that assures wide access to psychological services. (ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (96th, Atlanta, GA, August 12-16, 1988).