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ERIC Number: EJ1015085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0011-0000
Legitimizing and Reclaiming Master's Training and Education in Counseling Psychology: An Urgent Concern
Palmer, Laura K.
Counseling Psychologist, v41 n5 p700-709 Jul 2013
Jackson and Scheel aptly elucidate the relevance of master's level counselor training programs for counseling psychology doctoral training programs, highlighting key antecedents of the current critical period in our relationship. Counseling psychology has an essential role in the professional lineage of counseling master's programs. Master's training programs have been essential in generating the revenue necessary to sustain doctoral training in counseling psychology at many if not most of our institutions. This commentary suggests that it is imperative for counseling psychology to first acknowledge the professional abdication of our master's programs--and then fight to remedy the situation through reconciliation, and recognition of the unique professional contributions and identity of master's level counselors. The remedy requires aggressive action and legislative advocacy on behalf of our master's programs. A case study in effective legislative advocacy follows, providing suggestions for actions that may serve to ensure our viability.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey
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