ERIC Number: ED398503
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
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Mental Health Administration and Psychology: A New Proposed Specialty Area.
Tentoni, Stuart C.; Storm, Heidi A.
The advent of managed health care has seen mental health practitioners from non-psychology disciplines become administrators of mental health systems. This tendency has resulted in psychologists having little authoritative input into the administration of mental health services. The purpose of this paper is to explore the possibilities of developing curriculum course work and practica in the area of administration. A primary reason psychologists are either not seeking or obtaining administrative positions is because there is no formal training in administration available to them in most curricula leading to an advanced degree in the professional practice of psychology. It now appears that while psychology and psychiatry were embroiled in turf wars over who should provide what services to clients, social work programs saw the proverbial handwriting on the wall and elected to offer the option of administration to students. Failure to develop administrative psychologists through doctoral clinical psychology programs would serve to continue clinical psychology's subjugation by other mental health professions in those positions. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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