CHAPTER 3 CURRENT ISSUES IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
The Scientist-Practitioner Model
Boulder model, as known as the scientist practitioner model -The model arouse from the Boulder, Colorado clinical psychology conference held in 1949. -The predominant training model for clinical psychologists. This model strives to produce professionals who integrate the roles of scientist and practitioner (i.e., who practice psychotherapy with skill and sensitivity and conduct research on the hypotheses they have generated from their clinical observations.) -As a clinician, they would evaluate their clients’ progress scientifically and select treatments that were based on empirical evidence.
2. Debate continues over the use of the Boulder Model
-Clinical psychologists are split into two groups: those interested primarily in clinical practice and those interested primarily in research. -The prospect of totally abandoning the Boulder model is worrisome to many because “a new strain of purely applied psychologists” would have to be trained.
B. The Doctor Psychology (Psy.D.) Degree
1. The foregoing controversy was at least partially responsible for the emergence of the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) degrees.
-Today there are more than 60 accredited Psy.D programs -clinical Psychology Psy.D degrees > clinical psychology PhD degrees -Psy.D acceptance rates > PhD acceptance rates -lower percentage of Psy.D faculty with cognitive-behavioral theoretical orientation -lower percentage of Psy.D students receiving full financial assistance, obtaining an internship
-shorter time of completion (M=5.1 years)
Professional Schools offer advanced training in psychology that differ from training offered by traditional doctoral programs, -Offer little research training but emphasize training in assessment and psychotherapy....
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