Healthcare Career Opportunities: Treating Rural and Other Underserved Populations (CSES Co-sponsored Symposia)

The purpose of this symposium is to outline expanding career opportunities in the health care system and meet the needs of diverse rural populations.

Friday, August 7, 8:00 – 9:50 a.m.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building – Level 200, Meeting Room 205B

Co-Sponsored by Division 37, Division 38, APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists, APA Committee on Rural Health, and APA Committee on Socioeconomic Status.

Healthcare in the United States is currently undergoing rapid changes (Fowler & Newman, 2006). As part of this environment, psychologists in independent practice have faced increasing pressures to demonstrate effectiveness of their interventions while reimbursement for these services is decreasing (Brehms, 2008). These changes have underscored the need for psychologists to diversify their professional skills beyond traditional psychotherapy and assessment (Lenz & Rath, 2008; Rozensky, 2007). At the same time, there has been a growing awareness of the need for greater access to mental health services, especially for traditionally underserved groups (Kaholokula et al., 2007). The majority of people with mental health needs do not seek out traditional psychotherapeutic services but present in primary care offices to have their symptoms addressed (Strosahl, 2004). The purpose of this symposium is to outline expanding career opportunities in the health care system and meet the needs of diverse rural populations. Presenters will discuss how psychologists can contribute to improving mental health and health-oriented services in rural communities. Additionally, this symposium will address ways to better meet the needs of socially and economically marginalized groups at both the provider and client level. Time will then be allotted for an interactive discussion with the audience.

More details on CSES sponsored symposia are available in the SES Convention Program Highlights at the Office of Socioeconomic Status.