Advocacy: The Key to the Survival and Growth of Professional Psychology

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Active participation in professional advocacy activities is essential for psychology to have a viable future. Advocacy efforts thus far in professional psychology are reviewed, and a discussion of how strong advocacy efforts will be required to advance the interests of the profession in the future is presented. Making psychology a true health profession, securing legislative authority to prescribe in all states, confronting and overcoming business and regulatory constraints on practice, and providing sufficient services to meet the growing diversity of the general population are discussed as examples of professional issues whose resolution will require significant advocacy efforts. Recommended steps are provided for developing a strong, national advocacy program.

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