Judy’s Comment

Dear RAPS Team,
As a general practicing psychologist of 20 years, I support RAPS efforts to highlight the plight of the 12000 general practicing members. The need to not only equal the playing field but to provide recognition that is valid to experience, qualifications and skill set is crucial. Additionally, the need for an organised, structured and systematic means for generalists to represent themselves and be represented across all our professional levels is also crucial.
However, I do feel, as a past DGPP representative that the criticisms of the DGPP is largely misplaced and potentially damaging. The DGPP has, in my view, made a number of achievements that have been based on the dedicated and hard work of volunteers (other generalists). It is not helpful for a group that represents generalists to be disparaging of the work of generalists. This applies to both the APS and RAPS.
In my opinion, it is not the case that DGPP reps have been obstructive. It is my opinion that the DGPP reps act with the interests of generalists at core. The most pressing issue for the DGPP is that the progress of the Division is dependant upon 9 volunteers and a email list of members who have chosen to subscribe (50% of DGPP members have post-graduate quals). Therefore the creation of a Gen Psych College will leave another group, again without representation and again, potentially marginalised.
An organised, systematic, resourced, structure that has clear lines of communication to members is required. Whether that should be a College requires detailed consideration – worthy consideration.
I may be accused of overt optimism (it would not be the first time) but I give myself and encourage my colleagues and friends to hold ‘a foot in both camps’ ie. to have a position that supports the APS and RAPS. I do not see the agenda of both being mutually exclusive and I do hope there is a way that we can unify to figure this out.
Kind regards,