Dear Colleagues in RAPS
As President of Australian College of Psychologists in Clinical Private Practice, founded in 1982, I constantly receive complaints from members of our College and other psychologists. (We are not an APS College although a majority have been APS members).
The most common complaint has been by psychologists who are both registered and experienced practitioners. When psychologists advise a client to discuss with their GP a Better Access Health Plan, certain doctors tell the client they are not eligible to benefit from the plan because the psychologist they have chosen is not a clinical psychologist.
When I have asked GP’s what is the difference between a clinical psychologist and a non-clinical psychologist, they have no answer. I then advise the GP to question the psychologist on what are their professional strengths and experience.
Twenty years ago it was not uncommon for young psychologists to complain that their university training was inadequate. The solution to the problem has sent psychologists to rush off and get more university training. Does this make sense?
Most successful psychologists have continued to receive practical supervision from senior experienced psychologists. This needs to be recognized.
President of ACPCPP