Training in projective testing: A survey of clinical training directors and internship directors
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.
American Psychological Association
Durand, V.M., Blanchard, E.B., & Mindell, J.A. (1988). Training in projective testing: A survey of clinical training directors and internship directors. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 19, 236 238. doi: 10.1037/0735-7028.19.2.236
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