Important events in the history of counseling psychology.
Northwestern Conference on the Training of Counseling Psychologists, held in August of 1951
1952 the VA had announced a new programfor training counseling psychologists
Journal of Counseling Psychology (JCP) 1954
Counseling Psychology as a Specialty 1956
In 1959, the Education and Training Board of APA considered eliminating counseling psychology as a recognized and approved specialty
Jordaan et al. (1968) authored and published a bookleton counseling psychologists directed toward the public.
1970's and 80's health service providers in psychology
Atlanta Conference (1987).
March 2001 - Fourth National Counseling PsychologyConference was held in Houston, TX
Northwestern Conference (1951)- The terms ‘‘counseling psychology’’ and ‘‘counseling psychologist’’ wereintroduced for the first time at this conference (Super, 1955). The report noted that with counseling psychology’s emphasis on facilitating optimal personal development, it was anticipated that educational settings would be a central home for counseling psychology. However, other appropriate settings for counseling psychologists included business and industry, hospitals, community agencies, vocational guidance centers, and rehabilitation agencies.
Greyston Conference (1964)-2nd national conference. Established to address the identity issues. Since clinical psychology was better established, counseling psychology was more vulnerable. The final conference report included specific recommendations for counselingpsychologists, Division 17, APA, universities offering graduate degrees in psychology,practicum and internship agencies, employers, and agencies supporting training. Theserecommendations included positive steps each could take to advance the quality of, andsupport for, the professional training of counseling psychologists and affirmation ofcounseling psychology as a profession. Thompson and Super (1964) also summarizedseveral important issues discussed during the conference including counseling psychologyidentity, support from national organizations and universities, and support received forthe profession in psychology versus educational settings.
Atlanta Conference (1987)-It addressed 5 major issues: a) public image,b)professional practice, c) training & accreditation, d) research, and e)organizational/political issues in CP. Affirmed value of scientist-practitionermodel and emphasized strength of CP in prevention, vocational dev, and skillbuilding.Important themes ofthe conference were affirmation of the value of the scientistpractitioner/ scientist-professionalmodel and the traditional strengths of counseling psychology including prevention, life-span development,vocational development and skill-building, along with calls for innovative andnon-traditional functions
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2001 Making a Difference Conference in Houston, TX. Was the