ERIC Number: ED395242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Challenges Confronting Doctoral Level Psychologists.
State governments have either licensed Master's level professionals in the social science areas as "professional counselors," or are considering such legislation. If enacted, such licensing reform would enable counselors to provide psychotherapy to their clients on a fee for service basis. Such reforms will dramatically affect the field of psychology, with possibly dire consequences for licensed Ph.D. psychologists. This paper argues that professional training in psychotherapy is important to a therapist much as a liberal arts education is important to the student who wishes to develop critical thinking skills which prepare him or her for a lifetime of learning and service--the values in clinical training may lay more in process than content. Rather than training in narrowly-defined occupational skills, the professional training of therapists has value because it teaches some general lessens in problem-solving, theory application, research design, and how to make use of the ever-burgeoning, and often contradictory, psychological research literature. The paper concludes by discussing several possible responses to the aforementioned challenges to Ph.D.s: (1) the profession may self-correct; (2) diagnosis and testing could be emphasized by Ph.D.s; (3) Ph.D.s could stay more abreast of research; (4) litigation risks may increase for less credentialed therapists; and (5) doctoral level psychologists may be granted prescription privileges. (TS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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