Health Care Reform: Preparing the Psychology Workforce

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Abstract

This article is based on the opening presentation by the author to the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers' 5th National Conference, “Preparing Psychologists for a Rapidly Changing Healthcare Environment” held in March, 2011. Reviewing the patient protection and affordable care act (ACA), that presentation was designed to set the stage for several days of symposia and discussions anticipating upcoming changes to the healthcare system. This article reviews the ACA; general trends that have impacted healthcare reform; the implications of the Act for psychology's workforce including the growing focus on interprofessional education, training, and practice, challenges to address in order to prepare for psychology's future; and recommendations for advocating for psychology's future as a healthcare profession.

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