Professional pychology, as a practice, is a new discipline. Spurred on by World War II, a new sense of responsibility arose among researchers who had begun to apply their knowledge critically. Psychologists looked at critical events or incidents and shared that information to formulate standards. As the world has become more legalistic, so too have our standards become more specific.
It is the general aspirational principles that we must not lose in our focus on “risk management”. Only when we really understand why we must care for our consumers from an aspirational base, will we understand, and truly be part of, our profession.
Remember: Do no harm. Look out for the welfare of the consumer. Treat every individual with dignity. Do not abuse your power.
1. Define the elements of competence as a professional psychologist.
2. Discuss how professional credentialing assists in defining competence.