Graduate education in psychology: Report of the Conference on Graduate Education in Psychology Chapter uri icon


start page

  • 77

end page

  • 86


  • The fact that there are social controls or restraints on individual or group professional behavior is acknowledged by all members of the Conference, although there is great variance in perceptions of the extent and nature of the existing controls, and in the degrees of rebellion or acceptance accorded them. All graduate departments, all training centers, however autonomous the chairmen or chiefs may feel, are in fact subject to a host of intra- and extra-institutional restrictions. All persons in professional practice are subject to social, legal, and professional controls of one sort or another. These are inescapable realities. The Editor-of-the-Day drew from the recorders' notes, hints at some of the considerations to which the discussion groups were reacting: 1. differential ways of being a psychologist; 2. differential levels of being a psychologist; 3. recognition that institutions actually control by their acts of admission, examination, awarding of degrees, and letters of recommendation; 4. acceptance of a clear moral commitment to protect consumers of psychological services; 5. prevalence of ethical problems clearly, if uncomfortably, recognized; 6. psychology's increasing educational responsibility as new graduate training centers come into being or smaller ones expand in the immediate future; 7. the problem of mediating between the training and research missions of Federal government agencies, on the one hand, and institutional goals and objectives on the other hand; 8. the definitions already operative in Federal and state civil service regulations, state laws governing psychology, and state administrative rulings affecting education and other state welfare functions; 9. the wide diffusion of decision-making centers, viewed either as a happy retreat from any kind. The Conference attempted to examine the nature and desirability of the various overt controls, and to give some thought, at least, to the covert ones. Topics covered include accreditation; psychologists and governmental agencies; and indirect controls. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)


date/time value

  • 1959

Additional Document Info

place of publication

  • Washington, DC, US



  • social & legal & professional controls; restraints; professional behavior; restrictions; accreditation; indirect controls