The Narrowing of Theoretical Orientations in Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training


Journal Article

The focus of this article is the increasingly narrow range of therapeutic orientations represented in clinical psychology graduate training programs, particularly within the most research-oriented programs. Data on the self-reported therapeutic orientations of faculty at "clinical science" Ph.D. programs, Ph.D. programs at comprehensive universities in clinical and in counseling psychology, Psy.D. programs at comprehensive universities, and Ph.D. or Psy.D. programs at freestanding specialized institutions reveal a strong predominance of faculty with cognitive-behavioral orientations at the more science-focused programs, and a narrower range of orientations than in the more practice-focused programs. We discuss the implications of this trend for the future development of clinical psychology and provide suggestions for addressing the attendant concerns. © 2013 American Psychological Association. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc., on behalf of the American Psychological Association.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Heatherington, L; Messer, SB; Angus, L; Strauman, TJ; Friedlander, ML; Kolden, GG

Published Date

  • December 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 364 - 374

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-2850

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0969-5893

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/cpsp.12012

Citation Source

  • Scopus