If psychology is anything more to members than a means of earning income, then it demands a willingness to defend it – and that is a very important aspect of this entire RAPS campaign.
The continuing entrenchment of this completely unwarranted financial and professional advantage for the minority ruling faction of clinical psychologists has had a profoundly negative impact on the profession and on Australia’s mental health clients.
We are not just defending a means of earning an income. We are defending the integrity of a profession that has so much to offer, our clients, and the community at large.
What will it take for members to care enough about their futures and vote for change?
The collateral effects have been far-reaching. They include:
- Perpetuation of control by the clinical faction on the board
- The public denigration of highly skilled and experienced non-clinical psychologists as “the worst-educated in the Western World” by the current president of the society which represents them.
- Delivery of exclusive rights to preparing reports and assessments to clinical psychologists, ending decades of tradition and practice
- Continuing promotion to legislators, bureaucrats and referring authorities of the false proposition that clinical psychologists are superior to all other psychologists and that they should receive higher rewards.
- The admission of bureaucratic control over the professional sanctity of the consulting room which has favoured CBT above all other approaches
- A catastrophic realignment of academic courses which has produced a virtual mono-culture of clinical graduates
- The abdication of APS influence in the mental health debate to psychiatrists and organisations including Beyond Blue and Headspace.
- Consistent intimidation of opponents of the clinical faction with threats of potentially career-threatening retaliation
We are on the verge of great loss of not only our jobs and income, but a beloved profession that we have all invested years and years of study in.
Each and every one of us needs to speak up and encourage others to realise what is at stake – and to make them realise they can make a difference this year!
Insanity Is Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again and Expecting Different Results