Training in Counseling Psychology: An Introduction to the Major Contribution Academic Article uri icon


  • This Major Contribution, consisting of four articles, critically evaluates the status of training in counseling psychology, especially at the entry level, and offers a model for moving the field forward. In this first article, we provide a rationale for the contribution, laying the foundation for the subsequent three articles. Specifically, we ask the questions, Do training programs in counseling psychology produce the desired results? and Is the prevailing paradigm of training effective in developing counselor competence? Then we report on the research showing a disappointing relationship among training, experience, and expertise. We conclude by inviting the profession to engage in honest self-reflection about the status and future direction of training in counseling psychology.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Ridley, C. R., & Mollen, D.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Ridley, Charles R||Mollen, Debra

publication date

  • January 1, 2011 11:11 AM