Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I have given a lot of thought to the request made by RAPS for a spill of the present Executive. I have decided to support this application on three grounds:
- In the last ten years there has been an increasing disparity between the professional prospects of all psychologist who offer Medicare-related services to the people of Australia and this is causing there to be a presumption of differential value of the work of professional colleagues. In my view, it is a presumption that has little or no worth and one that is undermining the integrity of our professional lives. It is a presumption that ought to be debated within the society. At present there is no way of doing this.
- Many will know that I have been an educator of Counselling Psychologists at La Trobe University for over 40 years and know that the courses designed by me and colleagues have satisfied all and more of the criteria required to provide differential assessment and therapy to all people. I am dismayed to know that there is now only one Counselling Psychology program in existence in Australia. It is inconceivable that Federal funding restrictions on universities would have resulted in the removal of courses in Clinical Psychology and this, in itself, is testimony to the taken-for-granted assumptions of relative worth as well as to obsequious efforts by APS to align itself with the medical profession.
- In the past ten years I have made two representations to the Executive for the disparity to be addressed on behalf of Counselling Psychologists. In each case there was no response to my representations, so I have no confidence that the present Executive will be likely to respond to any representations made by leaders of other professional groups within the society.
I would urge those of a like mind to use it in support of my action.
George H. Wills (PhD, M.A. (Psychology), Dip. Psych. F.A.P.S)
Counselling Psychologist – 0439 409 499