Eliminating postdoctoral training as a requirement for licensure: Perceptions and anticipated impacts.


In 2006, the American Psychological Association (APA) changed the Model Licensing Act to allow for appropriate and qualifying hours accrued during predoctoral training or those from postdoctoral training to fulfill 1 of the 2 years of supervised experience needed for licensure (American Psychological Association, 2011). However, only some states have incorporated this licensure change into law, creating an inconsistent language of the requirements for professional practice. This survey assessed the perceptions and anticipated impacts of the licensure change by asking various stakeholders, specifically state psychology associations, state psychology boards, and the faculty and students of doctoral training programs, to examine respondents' beliefs on various aspects of the postdoctoral training year. Results of the survey revealed that participants are generally not well-informed about the APA Model Licensing Act. Participants who were more informed about the current state of the requirement were more likely to be favorable toward eliminating the requirement that a year of postdoctoral training is necessary for licensure. Although there was a strong desire for national consistency, there were strong advocates for and against the postdoctoral training requirement.



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Professional Psychology: Research and Practice