ATTITUDES CONCERNING PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IMPACTING PSYCHOTHERAPY PRACTICE AMONG MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

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Abstract

A national survey of 400 (return rate = 56%) Clinical Diplomates of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), concerning attitudes regarding a variety of current professional issues impacting psychotherapy practice, was conducted during the winter of 1997. Results indicate that ABPPs are displeased with managed healthcare, master's-level psychology professionals practicing independently, and free-standing professional schools of psychology. They are only moderately supportive of the use and development of empirically validated treatments. They tend to be strongly for or against prescription privileges for psychologists. Survey results from open-ended questions indicate that ABPPs report that serving others and intellectual stimulation are the primary advantages to being a psychologist, while, they expressed concerns about the control of managed healthcare along with the influx of lesser-trained practitioners entering into the field. Findings further suggest that attitudes concerning these issues differ based on the primary work area of the professional (i.e., practice versus research).

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