Talk:List of credentials in psychology

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What is glaringly wrong with this page is that it seems to presume that the reader is in the USA!! Time and time again authors on the Internet seem to think that it is a US owned property. What use is this article to someone reading it in Egypt, or Belgium, or Australia etc? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:35, 17 November 2012 (UTC) Agreed. If this list was to be useful it would need to list all credentials ever (or at least all current credentials) related to psychology by frequency of use and region of application, which is probably unfeasible. This page should probably either be deleted or moved to a new 'List of current U.S. psychology credentials' except that the term credential is ambiguous so really what we'd want is 'List of U.S psychologist licencing requirements by state'. Similar articles could then be made for other nation-states with licencing requirements for psychology. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:09, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

The title of this page is misleading. Social work and MFT is not psychology. The only appropriate list of degrees in psychology are BA, BS, MS, MA, PhD, PsyD, and EdD. The only credentialing as a psychologist occurs at the doctoral level. Some states have credentialing as master's level psychological associates. (This comment added by · Demi T/C 17:01, 11 September 2006 (UTC))

Psychology is more than an academic subject!
Psychology, as a broad field defined as the study of the mind, necessarily includes the specializations provided through the credentialing process for Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy. Social Welfare and Marriage and Family Therapy posit that the mind can not exist without external influence, namely environment, social condition, relationships, etc. As someone who has a B.S. in Psychology, a B.A. in Anthropology and and a Master's in Social Welfare, for someone to suggest that psychology is merely a 'major' that you can choose to get a BA or a BS, or maybe eventually a PsyD, misses the point of this article completely. (This comment added by · Demi T/C 17:01, 11 September 2006 (UTC))

The first line of the article states This list is of professional and academic credentials in the field of psychology and allied fields (psychotherapy, counseling and social work). I think that makes it pretty clear what's covered--that is, not just degrees (the "degrees" section is the list of degrees, which you seem to have taken the whole list to be). A list of credentials in the broad field and practice of "medicine" would include nursing credentials, medical technologists, etc., and not just MDs.
If you think the page could be at a better title, you can move it to a superior one, suggest what you think is a superior one on this talk page; but please don't use the dispute tag to mark a dispute that doesn't yet exist, and especially don't use the wrong one (as your issue is with the page name, not any of the facts therein). Demi T/C 16:58, 11 September 2006 (UTC)


What is CAS? See link Saaraleigh 18:28, 30 August 2006 (UTC)

Good questions, but such questions belong here, not in the article, so I will remove it. Demi T/C 16:58, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

License Types ARN = Registered Nurse CAD = Chemical Dependency Licensure LCS = Licensed Clinical Social Worker LIS = Licensed Independent Social Worker LMA = Licensed Masters Social Work - Advanced Clinical Practitioner LPC = Licensed Professional Counselor LPL = Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor MFC = Marriage Family Child Counselor MFT = Marriage Family Therapist MHC = Mental Health Counselor PAS = Pastoral Counselor PSY = Psychologist RN = Registered Nurse RNC = Registered Nurse

Merge List of credentials in psychology into Mental health professional[edit]

There is no reason for the List of credentials in psychology is already covered in a more concise way in Mental health professional. We should put in a redirect. Please add your opinion below. —Ash(talk) 04:33, 18 July 2007 (UTC)

Also the list pretends that it applies worldwide when it is probably restricted to the US. The credentials under Mental health professional refered to above warn they are mostly about North America but I think the information would still be confusing to non-US lay users of mental health. (talk) 05:27, 16 July 2010 (UTC)

Agreed. These are US designations for mental health professionals, not applicable to other jurisdictions. BA / BSoc is not in there, nor is Leg Psyk, Leg Psychotherapist etc etc. Jussi Karlgren (talk) 17:22, 11 August 2011 (UTC)


Hello, the abbreviation LMSW redirects here, but LMSW is not on this list. What is LMSW, or is it a typo in the originating article on Brené Brown? Thanks! (talk) 16:26, 19 October 2013 (UTC)