Psychology as a profession in Turkey: current state and challenges

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Eskin, Mehmet and Aycan, Zeynep and Sümer, Hayriye Canan and Sümer, Nebi (2020) Psychology as a profession in Turkey: current state and challenges. In: Rich, Grant J. and Lopez, Alfredo Padilla and Ebersohn, Liesel and Taylor, Jacqui and Morrissey, Shirley, (eds.) Teaching Psychology Around the World. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, New Castle, U.K., pp. 291-301. ISBN 978-1-5275-4631-8 ; 1-5275-4631-4

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Abstract

Professional psychology, especially clinical psychology has become vastly popular in Turkey over the last three decades. Both the demand for education to be a professional psychologist and services professional psychologists provide have grown rapidly. In this chapter, we present the current state of psychology as a profession together with the opportunities and challenges for the field. The lack of comprehensive legislation encompassing the practice of psychology in all applied fields poses a critical challenge. With the exception of some partial legislation defining a clinical psychologist, the psychological practices are still left unregulated. There is an urgent need for quality assurance systems such as accreditation for post-graduate programs and establishment of standards for psychological testing and assessment. We argue that, consistent with the scientist-practitioner model, Turkish psychologists need to urgently focus on the ways and means of developing standards of professional services and quality control mechanisms.
Item Type: Book Section / Chapter
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Psychology
Depositing User: Nebi Sümer
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2020 14:42
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2020 14:42
URI: https://research.sabanciuniv.edu/id/eprint/40585

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