Please don’t assume that because non-clinical psychologists did not obtain the clinical psychology endorsement that we are lazy and not good enough.
Lets take a look at our options to do a clinical psychology bridging course in Australia.
QLD: One – offered 2 years part time internally, open to those who have an endorsement in another specialty.
WA: One, offered on campus part-time or full-time and only open to those who have an endorsement in clinical neuro-psychology.
Therefore, if someone already has an endorsement in clinical neuropsychology and can commute to the campus at St Lucia QLD or Crawley WA they may take a bridging course. For other endorsed psychologists the only available option is if they can commute to St Lucia QLD. For 4+2 psychologists there is no bridging option.
This information is from the APAC website and the websites of the two universities that actually offer the bridging programs.
It is only 11 years since the introduction of the Medicare rebates. Psychologists who completed their 4th year of training before this chose their pathways without the knowledge that they were choosing a pathway of higher or lower value. Some psychology students may still pursue a career in a specialty that interests them, despite the knowledge that the other 8 specialities are not as financially valuable. Some trainee psychologists probably still admire the hands on training of the 4+2 or 5+1 pathways.