APA DIVISIONS 29 & 17 PASS RESOLUTION IN FAVOR OF DIVERSE TRAINING OF MASTERS-LEVEL PRACTITIONERS: Building Support for the Inclusion of Psychologists and Other Professions in the Continued Training of a Diverse Workforce

APA DIVISIONS 29 & 17 PASS RESOLUTION IN FAVOR OF DIVERSE TRAINING OF MASTERS-LEVEL PRACTITIONERS:

Building Support for the Inclusion of Psychologists and Other Professions in the Continued Training of a Diverse Workforce

On Sunday 10/11/15 the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 29 (Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy) unanimously passed a resolution, joined by Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), in order to:

  • Fully support the role of psychologists, counselors, MFTs, psychiatrists, social workers, and other professionals in the training of master’s level counselors, and
  • To NOT support any efforts that “limit core faculty or supervisors to only those from one designated training/professional background”.

Conversations with persons knowledgeable with the vote indicate that Divisions 17 and 29 may be looking to create greater support within the APA as a whole for master’s level practitioners.  State counseling boards that are looking at adopting  more narrow rigid program accreditation requirements in licensing (like CACREP) may want to reconsider given the increasing support from within APA divisions and elsewhere that are promoting quality accreditation and licensing standards with less rigid requirements.

The clear and public voicing of resolution by these two APA divisions joins the groundswell of support for a more inclusive and just solution to training accreditation, licensing, and insurance/government paneling of practitioners.  ACA division Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ) and some state AMHCA chapters have previously come out in favor of solutions that allow all competently trained counselors equal status in the workplace.  A new national association is expected to be announced in the next few weeks which will concentrate on this matter.

It is anticipated that efforts to develop methods, institutions, associations, or financial means to advocate on behalf of all counselors will receive a boost from the public support of these two APA divisions.  Currently APA, as an organizational whole, maintains its position of not being involved in master’s level training or licensing.  The growing pressure from APA divisions may impact this position in the future.

This resolution is GOOD NEWS for master’s level non-CACREP counselors, and particularly students and staff involved with master’s level counseling psychology training programs, in their efforts to promote high quality and inclusive accreditation requirements.

The announcement in its entirely follows below.  While not involved in this announcement, Dr. Jesse Owen (original submitter of this resolution) when contacted indicated that he is available to answer questions and concerns related to the resolution at Jesse.Owens@du.edu  .

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[For More Information: Jesse Owen, PhD. – Jesse.Owen@du.edu]

Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy

(Division 29)

American Psychological Association

Resolution: #2917

Subject: Inclusive Training of Master-Level Counselors and Related Licensed Professionals by Trained Psychologists and Other Mental Health Professionals (e.g., Social Workers, Counselors, Psychiatrists, Marriage and Family Therapists)

Old Resolution or Amendment typed here if applicable

WHEREAS, Trained Psychologists and Other Mental Health Professionals (e.g., Social Workers, Counselors, Psychiatrists, Marriage and Family Therapists) have an important and vital role in training Master-level counselors and related licensed professionals,

WHEREAS, Trained Psychologists and Other Mental Health Professionals (e.g., Social Workers, Counselors, Psychiatrists, Marriage and Family Therapists) have shaped the nature of training of Master-level counselors and related licensed professionals,

WHEREAS, Trained Psychologists and Other Mental Health Professionals (e.g., Social Workers, Counselors, Psychiatrists, Marriage and Family Therapists) affirm inclusivity in training to those from a variety of professional backgrounds and nationalities,

RESOLVED, That the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29, APA), fully support the role of Trained Psychologists and Other Licensed Mental Health Professionals (e.g., Social Workers, Counselors, Psychiatrists, Marriage and Family Therapists) in the training and education of Master-level counselors and related licensed professionals,

RESOLVED, That the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Division 29, APA), cannot support any efforts or programs that limit core faculty or supervisors to only those from one designated training/professional background (e.g., Counselor Educators, Counseling Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Social Workers).

Submitted by: Jesse Owen, PhD. Training & Education Domain Representative

Approved by the Training & Education Committee

Action Taken: TBD

 Date: TBD

 Effective Time Period: TBD