“Today, I was privileged to have come across an unusual case. From the second we met, my intuition started telling me something serious was bothering this young man. Once we sat down at the office, his self-reports and behavioral observations, started to sound like out of a Anatomy and Pathophysiology textbook… and like a Health Psychology class from grad school. I was not convinced.. until he endorsed family history of Huntington’s Chorea. Consultation with Neurology confirmed that he was at the beginning stages of this Major Neuro-Cognitive Disorder.
While it is fascinating to have come across such an unusual case (from the clinical standpoint), helping him understand what’s ahead of him and his prognosis, was a process for the both of us. Today, I cannot help but Reflect on what is like to be a Psychologist:
The things that make up a Psychologist ARE NOT affiliations, accreditations, status, state rules, over-priced exams, or money spent on certifications. The things that make up a Psychologist ARE FORMED by the Psychologist’s Experiences…the People.
What I’m Saying Is… Psychologists can create definitions for the “practice psychology” all they want… but much more importantly, our experiences with people is what really create us as Psychologists.
What If…We Stopped Depriving Thousands of People the Opportunity to Make Us Better Psychologists?
What If…We Stopped Creating Unnecessary Hurdles for a Handful of Organizations to Profit Financially by the Millions $$$?
What If… We Could DO This Right Now??
WITH the APA Licensure Model (2010) Alone..
WITHOUT the ASPPB Compensating Psychologists in Public Office (perhaps promoting a self-serving rule-making process).
There Would Be NO License Portability Issues For Psychologists in this Country.
It Is Time The Field of Psychology Opens Its Eyes.
If We Cannot Think Differently There Will Be No Progress.
Non-Leaders Need Not Apply