Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Psychology industry "manufacturing a crisis"

Psychology industry "manufacturing a crisis" says Social Service Outcomes Researcher

Post-Graduate Psychology funding cuts a “manufactured industry crisis in search of a legitimate problem, says Social Services Outcomes Researcher

The manic drum-beating by The New Zealand Psychological Society and the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists over post-graduate funding cuts is a “manufactured crisis looking for a legitimate problem to solve” says Steve Taylor, Director of 24-7 Ltd, and Social Services Outcome Researcher.

“The client outcome research regarding what makes for a successful clinical intervention has illustrated time and time again that the type of professional discipline of the helping practitioner makes absolutely no difference to client wellbeing".

"It would appear that the field of Psychology is undergoing a none-too-subtle exercise in “patch protection”, and is scare-mongering in an attempt to secure post-graduate funding”.

“The are many other mythical assumption inherent in informing social services funding, including the role of gender matching, professional registration, length of time in the industry, cultural competence, or type of qualification – none of these factors make any difference to successfully achieving positive client outcomes – rather, it is the person of the helping professional that makes the greatest contribution to a successful client outcome, and the formal measurement of progress, coupled with solid skills training and competent supervision” says Mr Taylor.

“Psychologists seem to assume that “more training” equals “more competent – it doesn’t, and the outcome research says it doesn’t. Appeals to the contrary are grounded not in science, not in outcomes, but rather in popular opinion, assumption, corporate egocentrism, and myth”.

Organisations such as ACC and The Family Court have been willingly duped into believing that Psychologists have a level of industry competence above and beyond other helping professions, yet the outcome research shows that a lay person can achieve the same client outcomes as a long term helping practitioner, regardless of discipline”.

Unfortunately, while it is now known worldwide that Psychology has long had a validity, consistency, and reliability problem in terms of diagnostic criteria, service delivery, and outcomes, New Zealand continues to believe that the metaphorical Psychology emperor is fully closed – they are in fact naked, and will remain so, despite the best lobbying efforts of industry zealots” said Mr Taylor.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Gaza And Burning The Israeli Flag

One of the selling points in New Zealand’s campaign for a temporary seat on the Security Council is that we have a pluckily independent voice to offer on international conflicts.

This image is not entirely self-delusional. When we did occupy a temporary UN Security Council seat in the 1990s, New Zealand was forthright about the need for the international community to actively respond to the Rwanda genocide. On April 14, 1994, New Zealand, Nigeria and the Czech Republic were the only nations to call for a forceful UN intervention to halt the killings. It was a proud moment in the diplomatic record of the Bolger government.

What then, is the current National government doing with respect to the slaughter in Gaza? More>>

 

Parliament Today:

TAIC Report: Urgent Recommendations After Melling Rail Accident

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made four urgent recommendations to KiwiRail following the accident two months ago (27 May) when a Matangi passenger train collided with a stop block at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. More>>

ALSO:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news