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CIRP and BEA Join in Task Force

The goals of the BEA/CIRP task force are to consider whether and how APA might participate in global quality assurance in psychology. The task force will survey international quality assurance mechanisms in place for psychology and other disciplines and advise APA on how to proceed in this arena.

The rapid growth of psychology around the world and an increase in opportunities for international mobility have led to increased attention to professional issues in psychology from a global perspective. One of these issues is assessing equivalence in psychology education and training. This is especially difficult quality because educational systems vary from country to country so that it is not always possible to precisely map systems, and also because the degree required for psychological practice varies from country to country.

For many years, the APA Office of International Affairs and the Education Directorate have shared information from individuals who wish to pursue international experiences in teaching, research, and professional practice, and from educational institutions seeking guidance on quality standards for both undergraduate and graduate-level training.

APA has not engaged in formal quality assurance activities on an international scale except in Canada. Globally there are only a small number of initiatives to address quality assurance internationally. For example, the European Union is attempting to reach common standards of education and training in psychology. At this point, it is too early to determine whether such efforts to address equivalence in education and training across European borders will continue to grow.

To address these important equivalence issues, APA has provided support for a joint task force appointed by the Committee on International Relations in Psychology (CIRP) and the Board of Educational Affairs (BEA). The goals of the BEA/CIRP task force are to consider whether and how APA might participate in global quality assurance in psychology. The task force will survey international quality assurance mechanisms in place for psychology and other disciplines and advise APA on how to proceed in this arena.

For more information about the BEA/CIRP Task Force on APA’s Role in International Quality Assurance, contact Erinn Hurley in the Education Directorate and Merry Bullock, PhD in the Office of International Affairs. Ψ