ERIC Number: ED406597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Excellence, Relevance, and Passion: The Motive Power for Indispensability.
Talley, Ronda C.
Psychologists learn early that the first place it is necessary to establish consistency of values is within the self. This foundation is a necessary condition to becoming an indispensable psychologist. Three ingredients to professional indispensability in psychology are excellence, relevance, and passion. Combine these with motive power (the drive to act in a manner consistent with internal values and standards) and one forms the indispensable psychologist. For psychologists, excellence may be defined as the possession of knowledge in combination with the well-refined abilities to apply scientifically sound theories and interventions in schools and communities as well as with students, school personnel, and parents. Life-long learning, referral skills, and teaming are all part of excellence. Relevance refers to the degree of fit between what school psychologists do well and what is needed by consumers of services. Indispensable psychologists, who strive to provide relevance and excellence, desire and need the color that passion brings to their life work. Passion is an essential ingredient to great actions, which may take many forms. Motive power is the ability to combine excellence, relevance, and passion into action. Motive power indicates the ability to move, and to act with strength and conviction based on abilities, standards, and values. (JBJ)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Note: In: Making Psychologists in Schools Indispensable: Critical Questions and Emerging Perspectives. Greensboro, NC. ERIC Counseling and Student Services Clearinghouse, 1996. p35-39; see CG 027 464.