ERIC Number: EJ779543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
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Reaffirming the Unique Identity of Counseling Psychology: Opting for the "Road Less Traveled By"
Hage, Sally M.
Counseling Psychologist, v31 n5 p555-563 2003
Chwalisz's (2003) [this issue]) call to adopt the evidence-based practice model provides an opportunity for counseling psychologists to reexamine both their commitment to the scientist-practitioner model and their unique professional identity. In this reaction, the author offers her critique of several assumptions underlying the evidence-based approach and presents her position that a shift to the evidence-based worldview would move the field further away from its roots as a specialty, including its particular commitment to prevention, multiculturalism, and social justice. A set of standards or competencies to advance counseling psychologists' commitments to a prevention-oriented, social justice approach is needed to guide counseling training, practice, and research. In addition, significant barriers to the implementation of a prevention-oriented agenda in counseling psychology will need to be overcome.
Descriptors: Prevention, Psychologists, Cultural Pluralism, Justice, Counseling Psychology, Counselor Training, Models, Criticism, Scientific Research
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