The Clinical Section of the American Association for Applied Psychology, 1937–1945
As suggested in the previous chapter, the clinical psychologists in the late 1920s and early 1930s were relatively unhappy with the restrictions placed on their Section by the larger APA, but such dissatisfaction often does not lead to action unless there is some alternative. In this case, the alternative developed out of various organizations of psychologists at the state level. For the most part, state and local organizations of psychologists have always been formed by practitioners and other people with applied interests rather than by academics (Hamlin & Habbe, 1946). These groups usually began with names that reveal this origin, such as the Pennsylvania Association of Clinical Psychologists, or (even more specific) the Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists in Private Practice. Subsequently, many of these groups changed their names to reflect a more inclusive self-definition, but that did not greatly change the nature of their membership. Even today, state and local psychological associations are dominated by practitioners.
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