Where Do We Want to be in 10 Years? Towards an Integration Strategy for Clinical Psychologists
- Volume 40
- Spring 2012
- Where Do We Want to be in 10 Years? Towards an Integration Strategy for Clinical Psychologists
This paper evaluates the clinical psychology integration system from a strategic perspective. The integration system is defined as a loose organizational body comprised of academic institutions, journals, publishers, educators, clinicians, and students. Next, the SWOT analysis tool is used to understand the integration system’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The chief strength is the integration system’s financial model and flexibility that allows it to consolidate resources and gradually grow into other domains. The primary weakness is limited diversity, especially with regards to age and minority representation.
Central opportunities include globalization and technology. Threats consist of alternative models of integrating spirituality and psychology that may minimize an authentic Christian voice. Another notable threat includes high tuition costs or what might be more broadly understood as the education bubble. Finally, goals and objectives are outlined that focus on leveraging the integration system’s strengths to overcome weaknesses and capitalize on opportunities. Goals primarily focus on making the integration system more diverse and global.
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