Psychiatrists say school psychologist degree is no longer a path to professional success
Orange County, Calif.
— Psychiatrists are voicing strong opinions about whether the profession can remain a viable career path for those who want to become certified as psychologists.
The American Psychological Association says that while there are some benefits to pursuing a career in psychology, the profession is no more a surefire path to the professional and personal success that some may consider.
In a survey released Tuesday by the Association of Psychological Science, nearly half of psychologists, and nearly half the American College of Psychiatrists, said they think that psychological education is not the best path to advancing one’s career.
Many also think that the profession has become too narrow, too specialized and that the training and certification system has become antiquated, according to the survey.
The APA study, conducted from September 12 to October 9, surveyed over 1,000 psychologists across the country.
The survey was sponsored by the American Association of Clinical Psychology and the American Psychological Society.
It’s a common concern for many psychologists that the school psychologist diploma, which was designed in the 1980s, is no better than a college degree, said Jennifer Nunn, a psychology professor at Emory University.
The APA survey asked respondents whether they felt that the credential is an effective way to advance in the profession.
Of the 1,002 psychologists surveyed, more than 50 percent said that the APA credential is not an effective pathway to professional development, according the APS survey.
The percentage of psychologists who said that it was an effective credential is even higher when you consider the fact that only about 4 percent of psychologists surveyed in the survey said they currently use the APAs school psychology diploma.
“I think the profession needs to be reevaluated in terms of where it is today,” Nunn said.
“It’s still a very high quality of education, but it’s not a guarantee that you’ll get into a career that you want.”
“We have a very narrow profession that needs to broaden the career possibilities,” said Dr. David Fieger, a psychologist in Colorado Springs.
“There is still so much work to do.
We need to get the skills and the training up to the top of the game.”
Dr. Andrew B. Hamer, a psychiatrist and co-founder of the American Board of Psychiatry and the Neuroscience Association, said that in general, students are getting a lot of training and the credentialing system is not up to snuff.
“There are a lot more psychiatrists in the United States today than in the past, and I think it’s a very healthy thing to have,” said Hamer.
“We need to keep that in mind.
But the credential isn’t going to be a silver bullet.”
The APS surveyed about 800 psychologists across all professions.
It surveyed those who are practicing in the U.S. and Canada, the European Union, Australia, South Korea, Canada, India and Japan.
More than 50% of psychologists said they were not practicing in their own country because of language barriers, and about 35% said they are practicing outside of the U.
“In my experience, it’s really about getting the credentials,” said Nunn.
“I’m sure the certification process is a tough one for many, and if you have a degree from an accredited school, you are going to have to get a license.
But if you can’t get the credentials, you’re not going to get into the profession.”
According to the AP, there are currently around 3,000 licensed psychologists in the world.
The U.K., Canada and Australia have the most registered psychologists.
A recent report by the National Center for Education Statistics said that only 19% of U. S. students are enrolled in an accredited college program.