Setting Our Sails: Counseling Psychology in the Age of Integrated Health Care Academic Article uri icon


  • Counseling psychology has a documented ability to adapt to the winds of societal, market, and professional change. Adjusting our sails to the winds of integrated care will require realizing that (a) the value systems and approaches that define our field compel us to become more involved in the movement and (b) we have the requisite expertise to do so. This article echoes the others in this Major Contribution highlighting the importance of interprofessional training for counseling psychologists and the need for integrated care professional role models. Barriers to involvement in integrated care for counseling psychologists include time and effort without institutional support, integrated care being seen as on the fringe of the field, limited training in evidence-based practices, and hesitance to move into integrated care clinics despite their high proportion of underserved patient populations. Integrated care is an incredible opportunity for counseling psychology to draw on its historical strengths and be a flagship of this paradigm shift.

author list (cited authors)

  • Perrin, P. B., & Elliott, T. R.

citation count

  • 2

publication date

  • October 2019