|Andreas Kisser - Hubris I & II (Photo credit: Pombinho)|
I am disgusted by the alacrity with which we cry, "But that's bad for psychology!" and spring forth to organize and initiate yet another turf war when the real issue at hand is (or should be) the quality of services to clients. What does it say about our collective character when our first concern is our referral base and not the people--who depend on all mental health providers, not just us? Our greatest concern ought to be for them, but no. Our first instinct is to check our wallets. Our grasping nature probably does far more damage to the profession of psychology than any hard-working, well-trained, underpaid masters'-level practitioner could possibly inflict by--gasp!--performing a psychological assessment.
And while we're on that subject, I find it sublimely ironic that while a masters-level clinician who wishes to test must fill out a two-page questionnaire demonstrating specific proficiency before s/he's allowed to purchase many instruments, any psychologist with a doctorate and a license, no matter how poorly (or not at all) trained s/he may be in psychological assessment, can buy any test in the catalog, no questions asked. Of course it's unethical for one to administer and interpret tests one has never studied and practiced with, but not a few do. It's that hubris thing--too many psychologists think because they have the 'terminal degree' that they're qualified to do pretty much anything they take a fancy to. But that's another rant for another day.