Counseling Psychology and the Scientist-Practitioner Model: Implementation and Implications

Bianca Bernstein, Barbara Kerr

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The ways in which the scientist-practitioner model has been implemented in the admissions and training processes of psychology programs are examined. Institutional pressures on counseling psychology faculty have led to admissions procedures that are highly biased in favor of science. Not only have most training programs failed to provide the clinical training desired and needed by practitioners, but even the most scientifically oriented programs have often failed to provide the conditions necessary to the development of talented researchers. Recommendations are given for admissions and training procedures that can bring about a stronger integration of science and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-151
Number of pages16
JournalThe Counseling Psychologist
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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