Substance Abuse Training in APA-Accredited Doctoral Programs in Clinical Psychology: A Survey

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A survey addressing training provided in the area of substance abuse was mailed to all 160 doctoral clinical psychology programs provisionally and fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). A total of 95 replies were received, yielding a response rate of 59%. This study was conducted to ascertain whether levels of doctoral training in this area have changed appreciably since comparable surveys in 1979 and 1984. Because of the considerable increase in number of APA-accredited PsyD programs since the previous two surveys, it was also possible to compare relative levels of training in substance abuse in PhD, PsyD, and combined PhD/PsyD programs. Survey results did not suggest that substance abuse training either has changed markedly over time or differs substantially across types of degree programs.

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