The Unintended Consequences of Requiring a Licence to Help
Comments that current proposals for licensure, accreditation, and 3rd-party reimbursement may have several unintended consequences. Until now discussion has focused on the effects of the proposed regulations on the development of psychology as a profession. Recent proposals, however, may have unexpected adverse consequences on 3 other areas as well: the education of professionals within psychology, the delivery of psychological and other helping services, and the self-definition of the consumer of psychological services. Any changes in licensure, accreditation, and reimbursement require compromises of concerns for the profession, for the consumer, and for psychologists' livelihood.
Danish, Steven J. and Smyer, Michael A.. "The Unintended Consequences of Requiring a Licence to Help." American Psychologist 3, (1981) : 13-21.