ERIC Number: ED435890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
Graduate Training in Clinical and Counseling Psychology in the Era of Managed Care.
Hecox, Jennifer L.; Diamond, Kandi L.; Fisher, Lori J.; Lichtenberg, James W.
The emergence of managed care has placed many new demands on practicing psychologists. To ensure that graduate students are gaining the skills necessary to function effectively in the current healthcare environment, training programs may need to modify their curricula. Recently, the American Psychological Association assembled a task force to outline managed care-related educational guidelines for graduate programs. This investigation explores Training Directors' (TDs) views on the importance of specific task force guidelines and relative coverage of the skills in their doctoral training programs. Results indicate that TDs rate the perceived importance of the task force recommended skills as greater than the extent to which these skills are currently being covered in training programs. Additionally, the study examines how this relationship is mediated by faculty attributes, student career objectives, and program characteristics. Although there are some correlations between demographic factors and the coverage and/or importance of the task force skills, none of them seemed to consistently predict the coverage and/or importance of the skills. Suggestions are made for integrating managed care-related skills into training programs. (Contains 13 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (107th, Boston, MA, August 20-24, 1999).