An Empirical Survey on Psychological Testing and the Use of the Term Psychological: Turf Battles or Clinical Necessity?

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The issue of who, in addition to psychologists, is actually qualified to administer, score, and interpret psychological testing has been a matter of ongoing debate for decades. With the advent of licensing laws for other mental health professionals (e.g., professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers), many professionals now contend that their laws permit them to utilize psychological testing, provided that they have the appropriate training and experience. This article presents a discussion of the issue of psychological testing as well as the adjoining issue of who is permitted to use terms such as psychologist and psychological. The results of a survey that was conducted, to which a response was received by every psychology licensing board in the United States and Canada, indicate that of all 62 jurisdictions, 61 restrict the use of the terms psychologist and psychological to those who hold a valid license to practice psychology. Of the total sample polled, 67.2% indicated that their jurisdiction prohibits other licensed professionals from conducting psychological testing. A discussion section highlights some of the exceptions, along with the dilemmas and future concerns regarding this topic and potential remedies. © 2007 American Psychological Association.

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Professional Psychology: Research and Practice





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This article was published in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Volume 38, Issue 6, Pages 682-689.

The published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0735-7028.38.6.682.

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