Continuing Professional Education for Clinical Psychology

A Practice-Oriented Model
  • Carl A. Lindsay
  • Mary Beth Crowe
  • Durand F. Jacobs


Quality assurance in the delivery of services has become a fact of life for professionals. The demand for high-quality care arises from ever more critical consumers and the increasing presence of third-party payers as well as from professions themselves in protecting the services they render (Houle, 1981; Jacobs, 1974). Evidence for professional quality assurance activities in the practice of psychology that are sponsored by national professional organizations and licensing boards includes accreditation requirements for academic and internship programs (American Psychological Association [APA], 1979), ethical and practice standards (APA, 1981a,b), and provision for their monitoring. This chapter focuses on a particular aspect of professional quality assurance—the role of continuing learning. It reports on the work of the Continuing Professional Education Development Project (CPEDP) as it developed, implemented, and evaluated a unique practice-oriented model of continuing professional education for clinical psychology.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carl A. Lindsay
    • 1
  • Mary Beth Crowe
    • 2
  • Durand F. Jacobs
    • 3
  1. 1.State CollegeUSA
  2. 2.The Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  3. 3.Psychology ServiceJerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans’ HospitalLoma LindaUSA

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