APS Members Paying Loyalty Tax

It seems the APS is trying to lure former members who have left the APS, for ignoring the interests of non-clinical members, to re-join.

Many finally left the APS due to the White Paper serving the interests of a limited number of psychologists. The APS has ignored the majority of its members’ outcry over the ongoing two-tier issue, and how it limits access to psychology services in Australia. The APS White Paper reinforced the false but perceived concept that clinicals have superior training and qualifications.

Former members have been emailed and offered a discount if they become APS members again. This means that those non-clinical psychologists who have remained members of the APS only to continue being ignored, denigrated and disadvantaged by the clinical-heavy Board, are now in effect paying a LOYALTY TAX.

The current president has always been critical of non-clinical psychologists – and in a 2014 paper was highly critical of Bridging Programs – unless they were an exact equivalent of Clinical Masters courses.

Extracts from the submission (by the APS Clinical College) to The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Consultation Process: APAC Accreditation Standards for Programs of Study in Psychology – 2014. Co-Signed by Anthony Cichello (immediate past president of the APS, and Ros Knight, current president of the APS).

Where students transfer between universities from one clinical psychology program to another, little credit can be given as programs are differentially organized and differing aspects of the knowledge and skills are taught in differing ways and areas, leading to a lack of equivalence of training in various areas at different stages of training. The greater innovation in training practices promoted by Draft Standards will serve to amplify this lack of alignment (page 4)

This lack of equivalence has serious consequences for the Bridging or Conversion Programs into Clinical Psychology for Advanced Credit being awarded to prior learning in the Extended Master or Doctoral degrees leading to the AoPE of Clinical Psychology (page 4)

Bridging or Conversion Programs must be equivalent in every aspect to the degrees for which they are to substitute. In Clinical Psychology, these programs must adhere to the same rules of entry as the Level 9 Extended Master Degree. The same learning outcomes and competencies must apply. (page 2)

According to information presented at the APS GM, currently the only bridging program leading to endorsement has 8 places and is located in WA. There are over 10,000 DGPP members, so these figures are not appealing.

The APS continues to ignore the needs of its loyal non-clinical members, yet expects them to pay the same fees as its favoured clinical members.

It’s clear the APS is not requesting, pushing or demanding for bridging programs to be established and it does not advocate for this to occur at a range of universities, Australia-wide. Yet, the APS claims to represent ALL psychologists.

The APS is now willing to give discounts to those who have seen the light and left, in order to attract them back.

APS members – make your voices heard. Do you really want to keep paying a Loyalty Tax?