(07-13-2014 12:01 AM)Efs Wrote: Good luck being a real psychologist without a degree.
Interesting. How would you define a real psychologist?
It's possible to do the equivalent things -- counseling/coaching/consulting -- without traditional credentials.
Quite a few people are questioning the value and benefits of traditional degrees, especially in a world where much of the content and many of the kinds of experiences that college can facilitate, can be obtained elsewhere.
From Harvard Business Review:
The Degree Is Doomed
, by Michael Staton.
"Higher education, however, is in the midst of dramatic, disruptive change. It is, to use the language of innovation theorists and practitioners, being unbundled. (Some more of my thoughts on higher-ed unbundling can be found here.) And with that unbundling, the traditional credential is rapidly losing relevance. The value of paper degrees lies in a common agreement to accept them as a proxy for competence and status, and that agreement is less rock solid than the higher education establishment would like to believe."
"The value of paper degrees will inevitably decline when employers or other evaluators avail themselves of more efficient and holistic ways for applicants to demonstrate aptitude and skill. Evaluative information like work samples, personal representations, peer and manager reviews, shared content, and scores and badges are creating new signals of aptitude and different types of credentials."
It's been my experience that traditional mental health professionals are often missing large amounts of insight into what people need, and how to most effectively help them -- just as with traditional education.
This seems especially true for the population School Survival appeals to... that is, "school-averse learners" or what Roz Hussin calls "cognitive refugees."
I suppose one thing it all comes down to is whether I could get anyone to pay me as a coach/consultant/counselor -- and that's certainly easier with a traditional credential. But, I've found a lot of people who are doing different forms of this "getting paid to interact with an expert" thing, regardless of, and even despite any formal credentials they might have.
Also, one thing I have in mind is to collaborate with people who [i]do[i] have traditional credentials, as I've already started to somewhat.
The question is, in the end, how to provide real and perceived value to people, by giving them things they want or helping them with problems.
Thoughts on that?
I've been meaning to post a sort of support request in DoA's thread that explains a bit about my story so far, and my frustration with figuring out next steps and both being discounted for not being a "professional," but also accused of things like over-thinking, paying too much attention to things, or even taking too many people's perspectives into account.
That's how my mind works, that's what I enjoy doing, and I very much want to find a path in life where I can earn a living doing that in productive ways.
I get "good luck" a lot, but maybe the better response is, what's it going to take?