Accession Number : ADP003747

Title :   The Reaction of Organized Professional Psychology to the Mental Health Paraprofessional,

Corporate Author : ARMY HEALTH SERVICES COMMAND FORT SAM HOUSTON TX

Personal Author(s) : Post,D. S. ; Post,P. D.

Report Date : NOV 1978

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : The discussion suggests that the widely cited issues of concern for quality and professional defensiveness are inadequate explanations for organized psychology's failure to embrace the paraprofessional mental health movement. Indeed, these issues seem to be not a cause of psychology's posture, but rather the result of psychology's failure to coordinate paraprofessional training and utilization. The present writers propose that psychology's neglect of the paraprofessional movement may be more accurately attributed to psychology's preoccupation with its own professional definition. Professional definition is an issue which has confronted psychology throughout its history. Recent developments in the issues of parity with psychiatry and inclusion under national health insurance have further intensified concern with professional definition. There is increasing recognition by those who shape national health care policy that the paraprofessional movement offers a solution to increasing needs. Psychology could capitalize on this recognition by defining the development and management of the paraprofessional work force as falling within its professional purview.

Descriptors :   *Psychology, *Mental health, Psychologists, Medical services, Policies, Symposia

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