Consensus Conference on Combined-Integrated Doctoral Training in Psychology

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Date: May 2-4, 2003 James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Although the concept of combined and integrated doctoral training among clinical, counseling, and school psychology programs has existed for a number of years, and is often enthusiastically endorsed by training faculty and students alike (cf., Beutler & Fischer, 1994; Minke & Brown, 1996; Schwebel & Coster, 1998; Shealy, 2002; Stewart, Shealy, & Cobb, 2001; Tryon, 2000), programs that train from this perspective have yet to articulate—in one time and place—the many advantages of a combined and integrated model of training or its unique and timely relevance for the larger field. This lack of consensus has led to unnecessary confusion for prospective students and employers, the profession, accrediting processes, and the public at large, and has hindered the potential of combined and integrated approaches to doctoral training. At the same time, there is great interest in attempting to address and resolve these issues, as evidenced by the “integration movement” in general (e.g., Norcross, 2002), calls for greater unification in our field (cf., Sternberg & Grigorenko, 2001), a symposium on combined and integrated training at APA in August, 2002 (Shealy, 2002), and of particular note, the recent Competencies 2002 Conference held in Scottsdale, Arizona (see www.appic.org).

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