The Scholar-Practitioner Model serves as an inspirational guide for professionals in the field of psychology. The model involves scholarship, practice, and leadership. Currently, I would consider myself a scholar. A scholar is one who is acquiring knowledge and gaining essential skills in their particular field. Being a part-time student with Capella University makes me a scholar. A practitioner is one who has acquired knowledge and gained essential skills necessary for the field and has begun to practice in the field. When the two are intertwined, one may be a scholar-practitioner and/or a practitioner-scholar. A scholar-practitioner continues to strive to practice as professionally and ethically as possible. This person also practices good sound judgment and understands what is necessary to uphold such a level of professionalism. On the other hand, a practitioner-scholar is believed to be a fully licensed in the field and shares their knowledge and expertise with learners or supervisees.
As we work as growing professionals, we are striving to become scholars and practitioners. A true practitioner is described as: “a passionate professional, clinically competent, a psychotherapist and clinician, an active consumer of research findings, ethical, a role model, a mentor, psychologically healthy, an advocate, a leader, a volunteer, an educator, a scholar, a colleague, a business person and entrepreneur, and an innovator and visionary; focusing on diversity and multicultural competence; and having a comprehensive vision of health” (Barnett, J. Vol. 64(8): November 2009).
With this well defined premise for what a complete or true practitioner is, the many qualities or characteristics exemplifies what it truly takes to acquire such a level of professionalism.
In more of J. Barnett’s word regarding becoming a complete practitioner, he explains that, “the complete practitioner is passionate about his or her work, and...
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