Counseling Psychology's Ambivalent Relationship with Master's-Level Training

Robert H. McPherson, Stewart Pisecco, Nancy S. Elman, Margaret Crosbie-Burnett, Thomas V. Sayger

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Inspired by efforts by those who seek to redefine the practice of psychology as a master's-level specialty, the authors examine counseling psychology's heightened ambivalence regarding master's-level training. First, they present a historical review of this issue. Next, they discuss current social and political pressures that, they suggest, have resulted in renewed tensions in the training of master's-level practitioners for the field of counseling psychology. They conclude with specific recommendations regarding the manner in which counseling psychology should (a) train master'-level providers, (b) attempt to document the added value doctoral training, and (c) politically respond to this issue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)687-700
Number of pages14
JournalThe Counseling Psychologist
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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