The American Psychological Association should defend ALL psychologists #AllPsychologists

We believe that the American Psychological Association should represent "all psychologists" and not just those with APA-accredited internships. We also believe that employers should consider the individual qualifications of "all psychologists" and not just the individual qualifications of those who had APA-accredited internships.


Sometimes the assumptions you just know to be true aren't actually based on any convincing evidence. When these unsupported assumptions hurt people they should be abandoned. Due to the generation-long internship crisis there are more and more psychologists without APA-accredited internships every year. However, these psychologists are denied even the opportunity to apply at some of psychology's largest employers. However, the evidence does not support the use of APA-accredited internships for employment selection. It is not a validated criterion. It may also unfairly, negatively and illegally impact workplace diversity. APA and other organizations have failed to collect adequate data to support it's use in employment selection.

In addition, it is even contrary to APA's own policy. The APA's Model Act for State Licensure recognizes internships which are "equivalent" to APA-accredited internships. APA should stand-by this policy and support that equivalent internships produce psychologists who are competent and "equal" to their colleagues. There is no supporting evidence that an APA-accredited internship is required to be competent. We want APA to defend our ability to practice to the full extent of our licensure and defend our scope of practice too.

We agree that accreditation holds some value... we disagree that it has value in employment selection. In employment selection it is dangerous and potentially illegal. It is not a validated criterion for employment selection. It may also have an unfair, negative impact on workplace diversity.We want clear communication from APA that organizations should not use APA-accredited internship status in employment selectionWe want clear communication from APA that state boards should not require all applicants for licensure as a psychologist to have APA-accredited internshipsWe want APA to measure the impact that requiring an APA-accredited internship has on workplace diversity-- including on older adultsWe want APA & APAPO to petition for a rule change with government agencies that employ psychologists to prevent them from requiring an APA-accredited internship for employment
We want the American Psychological Association to defend #AllPsychologists. We want the APA to stand with us and say that all employers should consider the individual qualifications of all psychologists.

We want APA to say that "All employers requiring all applicants to have had an APA-accredited internship should immediately and unequivocally cease and desist."Learn more and connect with us at www.allpsychologists.org

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Discussion

  • Anonymous It's about time someone represents the interest of licensed psychologists who didn't have an APA approved internship or program. I would think that the licensing exam is the determining factor for competency. I guess it's all about politics and not really about practice. The APA doesn't have a problem accepting my annual dues though.

  • Aimee Yermish For re-entry students (nontraditional, career-change, etc), the APA internship system is often simply not an option. There aren't enough slots and being older, not geographically mobile, and coming from professional programs instead of research programs (since research programs don't usually want us either) makes you much less likely to match. Plus, we may not be able to swing extra years before getting back to actually earning money. With this scarlet letter, not only are jobs at the APA inaccessible, so are many other options, including most specialty postdocs and most professional boards. Yet there is no evidence to support this discrimination. And once you don't have the APA internship, there is no way to go back and retroactively fix it. I pay my APA dues just like everyone else and I went to an APA-accredited program and met state requirements for licensure. Why does APA make such a slap in the face and threaten my licensure mobility? How does this serve the profession or the public?

  • Joseph Grillo, Ph.D. I graduated from an APA-accredited program and internship, but oppose APA's non-evidenced based assumptions regarding what constitutes a competent psychologist. The COA promulgates standards that have no basis empirically, and without having a meaningful dialogue with groups, such as CAPIC, that have internships that produce excellent psychologists. As usual, APA wastes its efforts on attacking its own while the other mental health professions take away the positions that used to be ours. It is time to force the COA to come to the table to talk about an internship solution and stop this thinly-veiled attack on the professional schools it accredits.

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