Educating Professional Psychologists: History and Guiding Conception

Pages: 281
Item #: 4317880
ISBN: 978-1-55798-420-3
List Price: $29.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $24.95
Copyright: 1997
Format: Softcover
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This is the story of the development of professional psychology. As the work of a person who has been deeply involved in professional psychology throughout its most vigorous half-century of existence, and someone who has directed a research-oriented scientist–practitioner program, a professional program in an academic department, and a professional school in a major research university, it is a story that Donald Peterson is uniquely qualified to tell. In part, the account is personal and local, but taken as a whole, it is also broadly general.
Table of Contents

Foreword: Professional Psychology and the Contributions of Donald R. Peterson
—Roger L. Peterson

Note From NCSPP Past Presidents



I. Historical Context and Critical Issues


  1. The Education of a Professional Psychologist: A Personal Introduction
  2. Is Psychology a Profession?
  3. Connection and Disconnection of Research and Practice in the Education of Professional Psychologists

II. Practitioner Programs and the Doctor of Psychology Degree


  1. Need for the Doctor of Psychology Degree in Professional Psychology
  2. The Doctor of Psychology Degree
  3. Twenty Years of Practitioner Training in Psychology
  4. PsyD Programs: Early Ideals, Factual Outcomes, Critical Concerns, and Institutional Realities

III. Quality Control in Professional Education


  1. Essentials of Quality in the Education of Professional Psychologists
  2. Organizing for Quality: The National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology
  3. Accreditation in Psychology

IV. The Future of Professional Psychology


  1. Making Psychology Indispensable
  2. Ways of Knowing in a Profession: Toward an Epistemology for the Education of Professional Psychologists
    Donald R. Peterson and Roger L. Peterson
  3. The Reflective Educator
  4. Dark Concerns and Rays of Hope: Semirandom Recollections and Observations on the Education of Professional Psychologists



About the Author

Author Bio

Donald R. Peterson received his BS, MA, and PhD degrees from the University of Minnesota and went on to teach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign such courses as introductory psychology and graduate seminars in behavior disorders and clinical assessment. He became director of the Illinois Psychological Clinic in 1963 and director of clinical training in 1964. In the latter position, he organized the first doctor of psychology program in the nation, which first admitted students in 1968. He later became the first dean of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, where he has remained as Professor, Emeritus.

Dr. Peterson has reported research data in various journal articles on a spectrum of topics, but he is best known for his definitional statements on the education of professional psychologists. He has also written or edited several books, including The Clinical Study of Social Behavior (1968), Close Relationships (written with H. L. Kelley et al., 1983), and History of Psychotherapy: A Century of Change (edited with D. K. Freedheim et al., 1992).

In 1983, he received the American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Psychology as a Professional Practice, and in 1989, the APA Award for Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology. His unique achievement in directing a research-oriented scientist–practitioner program, a professional program in an academic department, and a professional school in a major research university has left an influential mark on the enterprise of educating professional psychologists.