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Training in projective testing: A survey of clinical training directors and internship directors

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V. Mark Durand

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Date Issued

January 1988

Date Available

April 2013




Eighty-nine percent of directors of doctoral programs in clinical psychology accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and 84% of directors of APA-accredited internships responded to similar surveys on expectations, attitudes, and practices in the instruction of projective techniques. Directors of internship programs appeared to value projective techniques more than did directors of doctoral programs, and they expected students to have more experience with these techniques than is typically provided in doctoral programs. The two groups also differed significantly iu where they believed the responsibility for correcting this imbalance should lie. In addition, 15% of directors of doctoral programs did not believe that training in projective techniques should be required, whereas only 4% of directors of internship programs expressed this view. This study documents the disparity between the average amount of training in projectives provided to students in doctoral programs and the proficiency expected of those students in their internships.


Abstract only. Full-text article is available only through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 19, 236 238. doi: 10.1037/0735-7028.19.2.236. Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.




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