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Global Promise: Quality Assurance and Accountability in
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Judy Hall and Elizabeth Altmaier

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306088

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306088.001.0001

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Introduction to International Quality Assurance for Psychology

Introduction to International Quality Assurance for Psychology

(p.3) 1 Introduction to International Quality Assurance for Psychology
Global Promise: Quality Assurance and Accountability in Professional Psychology

Elizabeth M. Altmaier

Judy E. Hall

Oxford University Press

Psychology is an ethical scientific profession, mastered through a broadly defined educational and training process of expanding and ever-growing development, with the aim of performing an assured, qualified service in the interest of human welfare. The book is primarily concerned with the profession's accountability by way of its functions, activities, ethics, mobility, and issues of dominant Western psychology in adherence with various societal culture expectations and needs. Accountability has five domains: designation of appropriate programs of education and training, certifying program quality, certifying graduates for entry into the profession, credentialing practitioners on advanced knowledge and skills, and evaluating the degree to which certification procedures address practitioner adherence to professional ethics and standards. The book is divided into three discourses: designation and accreditation of educational programs, defining entry-level degrees for professional licensure, and certifying specialized/advanced skills; expounding actual practice in different regions and countries; and comparative examinations of mechanisms and their external influences from other system perspectives in producing further additional development.

Keywords:   psychology, human welfare, western psychology, skills, accountability, practitioners, certification procedures

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