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


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  • 8

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  • As any science and profession grows and develops, new problems arise and many old ones continue to be irritative. Psychology has had the additional burden of a rapid and tremendous expansion. Stimulated in large part by the widespread utilization of psychologists during the Second World War, the number of graduate and undergraduate students in psychology has increased greatly, new departments of psychology have been created, and established departments have expanded. Membership in the American Psychological Association has doubled every seven or eight years on the average, since its founding in 1892, and this increase shows no signs of slackening. Particularly during the past decade, psychologists have increasingly become involved in new tasks in old settings and in new and old tasks in new settings. Many psychologists have undertaken activities scarcely envisioned for them a few years earlier. Fifteen states now have certification or licensing laws for psychologists; other are introducing them. In still other states there is self-certification of psychologists. All of these, and other developments both inside and outside of psychology have had their impact on graduate education. They have called into question newer as well as old training standards and techniques; they have brought about a reconsideration of accepted solutions, and they have raised a host of new problems for which resolutions are urgently needed. This Conference is a major attempt to grapple with the significant issues in graduate education in psychology as we perceive them today. The issues were organized into five major topics: I. The Roles of Psychologists; II. The Common Core; III. Specialty Training; IV. Sub-doctoral Training; and V. Controls. In their origins and statement they represented the contributions and efforts of many individuals. A full statement of these issues follows, as prepared for the Conference participants. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)


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  • 1959

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  • Washington, DC, US



  • graduate education; psychology; graduate psychology education; roles of psychologists; specialty training