Clinical training in USA

Pachana, Nancy (2012). Clinical training in USA. In: Abstracts of the XXX International Congress of Psychology. XXX International Congress of Psychology, Cape Town, South Africa, (647-647). 22 - 27 July 2012.

Author Pachana, Nancy
Title of paper Clinical training in USA
Conference name XXX International Congress of Psychology
Conference location Cape Town, South Africa
Conference dates 22 - 27 July 2012
Proceedings title Abstracts of the XXX International Congress of Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name International Journal of Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication E Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Psychology Press
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Published abstract
ISSN 0020-7594
Volume 47
Issue s1
Start page 647
End page 647
Total pages 1
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The minimum level of training to practice as a psychologist in the USA is a doctoral degree requiring a 4 year undergraduate degree plus a 4 to 6 year doctorate program (either PsyD or PhD). (In Canada there is one province where only a Master’s degree is required, and no PsyD programs are offered by Canadian universities.) All North American graduates of clinical programs sit a national exam administered across USA and Canada in order to be eligible to apply for licensure. Entry into clinical psychology training programs is highly competitive (acceptance rates of 2-5% are not uncommon). Currently there are 217 clinical programs in North America. Main issues that will be considered: Mean debt related to doctoral education in clinical psychology currently exceeds $80,000, according to the 2011 APPIC match survey, and 44% of graduates accrue over $100,000 in debt An internship year is required for all students BEFORE the awarding of the postgraduate degree is finalised, and internship sites are not keeping up with demand – in 2011, 3,899 persons applied for clinical internships across the US and Canada and 804 (21%) of persons were unable to be matched to any internship Opportunities to specialise in the USA abound; diplomat status mirrors board certification for medical specialties and include neuropsychology, child psychology and (soon) geropsychology. Curricula competency and outcome based; graduates followed usually throughout their professional life to provide data to the graduating university/program.
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Institutional Status UQ

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