Morgan Sammons compares the training of professional psychologists with that of other health professions, and notes that most students in professional psychology take five post baccalaureate years to complete the PsyD degree and over six years to complete the PhD. He suggests there is a fundamental misalignment between the goals of training programs and the goals of entering students: the former aim to train educators or investigators, while the latter are seeking training as clinicians. This misalignment has resulted in development of the PsyD degree and the proliferation of professional training programs.
Has the professional school movement advanced professional psychology by providing the kind of training clinical and counseling students desire and need, or has it hurt the profession by producing too many psychologists for the market to absorb?
By Morgan T. Sammons
PsycCRITIQUES, 2010 Vol 55(6)