Can Research in the Human Sciences Become More Relevant to Practice?

Howard, George S.
May 1985
Journal of Counseling & Development;May85, Vol. 63 Issue 9, p539
Academic Journal
The threads of several arguments currently under consideration in various areas of research and practice in counseling are woven together to provide a slightly altered view of the scientist-practitioner model in counseling.
Counselors and other applied psychologists have often been urged to integrate two different roles--the scientist and the practitioner--into an integrated professional identity, namely the scientist-practitioner. The fusion of these two perspectives into a coherent approach to scientific and applied knowledge has proven a more complex and difficult endeavor than most had expected when the profession first endorsed this Boulder conception. Although some counseling and student development specialists have not been specifically enjoined to adopt this scientist-practitioner model, the model is implicitly recommended in the AACD standards for preparation, and it is sometimes argued (e.g., Berdie, 1972) that counselors should evolve into "applied behavioral scientists.".


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