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.
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.
I am a specialist in trauma treatment working for the military. I lost my job because I didn't have an APA internship. I hired an attorney to fight this on my own when the APA wouldn't help me.
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?
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