Education and Training: The Practitioner Model
Physicians and lawyers existed long before medical schools and law schools developed. The traditional method of training in these professions was through apprenticeship to a practitioner. Even when formal education began in these fields, most students aimed to go into practice rather than to be scientists, scholars, or professors. Psychology reversed this sequence in that the academic field came first and the practice later. The explicit training of practitioners in psychology occurred only after a struggle, one in which several Divison 12 leaders were involved.
KeywordsProfessional School Practitioner MoDEL Professional Psychology Explicit Training Theological Seminary
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