Council of Applied Master’s Programs in Psychology
Policy Statement: The Master’s Degree in Psychology
The Council of Applied Master's Programs in Psychology (CAMPP), appreciates the work of the Master's Working Group of Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) in drafting the policy statement on Master's Level Education. We feel it is appropriate that American Psychological Association (APA) is moving toward inclusivity and recognition of the full spectrum of educational levels within the discipline of psychology. As the only national body representing education in applied psychology at the master's level, CAMPP is pleased that APA is recognizing the role of master's level education in psychology.
However, while we acknowledge that the statement is an important step toward the recognition of Master’s level programs and competencies we cannot endorse the wording in lines 15 thorough 17 that excludes recognition of independent contributions of master’s level professionals.
CAMPP supports standards for rigorous education and training of applied master's level graduates. We believe that educational standards and practice competencies should be the determinant of employability at the master's level. We look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with APA to develop guidelines for research and applied training at the master’s level, and competencies for master’s level employment. We would welcome the opportunity to be included in further dialog with the APA regarding the crafting of such standards.