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Title: Routes for Specialization in Psychology throughout Europe
Authors: Neto, David Dias
Figueiredo, Sonia
Biscaia, Constança
Barros, Mª João
Barroso, Ricardo
Fernandes, F
Keywords: specialties of psychology
Issue Date: 2020
Citation: Neto, D.D, Figueiredo, S; Biscaia, C, Barros, MªJ. , Barroso, R.& Fernandes, F. ( 2020). Routes for Specialization in Psychology throughout Europe. Behavioral Sciences, 10 (1), 1-13.
Abstract: The specialization of psychology helps to delineate fields in the practice of psychology. When establishing professional qualification criteria, associations seek to promote, in their members, scientific skills and knowledge considered fundamental for the practice of psychology in a given area. The present study reports on a survey of the member associations of the European Federation of Psychologists Associations (EFPA). The survey inquired about: (a) the initial requisites for entering the profession and (b) additional requisites for specialization. Of the 37 associations contacted, 14 replied and we retrieved the information of 12 associations from their official websites. The results indicate that specialization is widespread throughout Europe and is independent of the regulation of the profession. In almost half of the countries considered, the specialization process is completed in universities—it is frequently associated with the postgraduate level of the EuroPsy—and relies on conventional learning methods. The number of existing specialties in psychology is very high, but the traditional areas (clinical and health, education, and social/organizational) are more prevalent. The results are discussed in light of the advantages, but also the challenges posed by the specialization in psychology. A continuous model of the specialization of psychology is proposed with two stages: broad and advanced psychology areas
Type: article
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