The Education and Training of Clinical Psychologists in the Netherlands

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Abstract

With the reduction of the doctorandus program in the Netherlands to 4 years, a graduate program has been created that is significant to clinical psychology because it separates the research and applied orientations. The research orientation leads to the PhD, the applied orientation to a certificate of professional registration. This distinction has effectively ended the scientist–practitioner model underlying the training of clinical psychologists. In moving clinical psychology from its scientific research base, psychology has become more fragmented, and in a way that has far-reaching implications for the discipline and the profession in Holland. These developments are of interest due to the debate in the U.S. and elsewhere on training and licensure of clinical psychologists and concern about the unity of psychology.

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