Member: “Not a month goes by without hearing from a provisional or newly registered psychologist, bemoaning the lack of alternatives to investing many more years and interminable struggles pursuing the Clinical pathway. After immediate relief gaining registration many feel lacking in applied and theoretical skills, bulk at remaining a “generalist” as a “career option”, and more often than not profoundly question the course components and/or in-person embodiments toward becoming a Clinical.”
Member: “THE CLINICALS HAVE BECOME THE GATEKEEPERS! THEY HAVE INFLUENCED (and it continues) REFERRAL PATHWAYS! WHO IS ADVOCATING FOR MY SURVIVAL???? ALL SILENT ON THE NON ENDORSED FRONT.
We the non clinicals and even more so the non endorsed are being squeezed out of private “clinical” practice.”
Member: “My understanding of the Corporations Act is that the APS is conducting the election in an unlawful manner that is not compliant with the Act. If the GR gets through, that too will be non-compliant with the Corporations Act and the subject of legal action if the will and the money is there. I’ll return to this topic after the vote. In terms of membership renewal, I’ll need a very, very good reason to renew.”
Member: “As most of you know….Its currently hard to survive in private practice as an independent practitioner self-funding all lease and professional charges, which ive maintained successfully until now, as a non endorsed in clinical private practice…. and
I do have positive relationships with a few clinical psychologist so my grievance lies with the APS clinical advocacy faction….”
Member:” If the APS succeed with the vote it will contain all of the credibility of a TV personality winning a Logie award. It will not reflect the view of the majority. It will reflect a triumph for the APS publicity machine, and will be a hollow victory for the profession of psychology.
It is disheartening that the APS won’t apply the principals of professional proprietary to this election that they enshrine in our code of ethics.”
Member:”Unfortunately, the APS is a complete scam, as they are revealing every day. It has long been an organisation serving only one interest- the ‘clinicals’. If the ‘No’ push doesn’t succeed, I hope you have seen enough to jump ship – it will be a lost cause. There are other professional bodies to belong to, eg. AAPi.”
Member:”The division of GPP leaders were handpicked by the board and doesn’t represent the GPP members and has been wined and dined by the directors with promises of power and influence. They are pawns in a tokenistic game.”
Member:”The landscape since Medicare has now become populated by “clinical” psychologists, previously often from academia or government departments where they had paid time off to complete their Masters of Clinical Psychology, where life did not get in the way. As compared to the rest of us who had to do it hard for many years before Medicare even became a reality and without government departments to subsidise our “extra” study – we had to rely on our own research and common sense.”