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3/31/09 4:20 PM
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I am just curious what the mental health folks here think about the proposed revisions of the MLA.

As a school psychologist and Licensed Educational Psychologist with a doctoral degree, but not in psychology...

I am more concerned with the loss of specialization designation of school psychology than I am about the loss of exemption for non-doctoral school psychologists.

They will never get rid of Master's/Specialist Level Practitioners - regardless of what title they use.
The people that school psychologists serve don't know/care about the difference. So other than make APA look more elitist and out of touch... who really cares.

When I was in MA, I saw a lot of old school psycho-analytical-types work in the private schools. They were so out of touch with school psychology as a field or of education, in general, that they were worthless - at best. As an intern, my supervisors had not problem letting me spar with them over diagnoses without direct supervision.
Opening the flood gates to have them practice scares the hell out of me and my sense of "do no harm."

In fact, the whole reason that I got my Ed.D. over my Psy.D./Ph.D. is because lack of knowledge of Ed Policy and Organizational Leadership was a greater impediment than clinical skills.

http://forms.apa.org/practice/modelactlicensure/
3/31/09 5:11 PM
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My training - from grad school professors and practicum supervisors to internship to residency - has been mostly if not almost completely overseen by folks with a very healthy respect for the scientific aspect of the field. And in fact, I can't think of any supervisors I had who were *not* highly published.

That said, NONE of them are in APA.

Their disdain for APA and its policies was damn near universal, and it's not too big a surprise I suppose for me to say I'm not a member, either. NAN, INS, SSCP, and ABCT, sure - but APA, no. And unless something absolutely bizarre happens, I'll avoid them too.

APA's refusal to dismiss the BS aspects of the field (TFT, Rorschach, rebirthing, etc., all that shit) are so mind-bogglingly stupid, I suppose nothing else they do would surprise me...
3/31/09 5:28 PM
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The only problem is the number of states that whose licensing almost mirrors their MLA word for words.

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