I was quite upset recently hearing that one of my colleagues (a clinical psych) from my work place mentioned that, clients need to be aware that Clinical Psychologists have more experience than Generalists and that the receptionists should let clients know about this when they book their appointments.
Not to mention lack of ethics.
This has upset me a lot. I tried to address this situation at work. He was dismissive of my expertise and qualifications and that of my colleagues who are also Generalists.
Not to mention that I am much older in age.
I also get referrals from the G.P’s addressing my name as Clinical Psychologist, for which I have to remind them that I am not. I keep saying that there’s no differences in the way we work, it’s only a matter of different qualifications.
They have, so far, been very happy with my client’s outcomes.
I strongly believe doctors need to receive education about what we do as Generalists.
I have been working as a Registered Psychologist in W.A for 9 years after recognition of my overseas qualifications, which took me 8 years to achieve. I had to train myself again as if I was attending University for the second time, had to work under supervision for two years.
I did years of professional development as you must, in order to comply with the Policies.
I had a background in Psychotherapy and Systemic Approach. I did research in my country in the Psychosomatic area, and studies for 6 years in Psychoanalysis. I don’t need to mention my whole area of expertise.
This recognition has cost me time, energy, money and lots of stress. However, I didn’t give up because this career has been my passion all my life. I enjoy all the difference I have made and still making in thousands of people.
I am over 55 now, and I have to hear this nonsense from other sources.
I am using the APS website to my benefit as clients can now access my private practice through that website. Also, by the fact that I speak three languages.
I would like to know what other ways, are you thinking of promoting ourselves if we disengage from the APS?.
Lastly, I am pleased to hear about the RAPS poll.
Thanks for your support, attention and energy put into it.