Originally Posted by newchapter
Yes, I agree. The therapists making the noise about it are some of the younger Ph.D.'s
Technically the Ph.D. is a degree. I recall after defending my dissertation, my committee saying, "Congratualtion Dr. so and so". I did not have my post doc hours at that time
Maybe time for a group session amoung the staff...
So what if someone is a Psychologist with their Masters? I believe there are still some out there practicing as a Psychologist with a Masters ( I am aging myself here). They would be called Dr. based on license NOT degree. Should someone with an actual doctorate not have that same privilege?
I personally agree that LPC's OR LCSW's with doctorate should be called "Dr." as long as they do not put themselves out there as a Psychologist.
I believe in this case, they could call themselves a psychologist but not use the title "Dr." since, as another poster mentioned, Dr. is related to your degree and not your license. This individual is licensed as a psychologist, but does not hold the equivalent of a doctoral degree, and thus has not earned the title Dr.
That's my take on things, anyway. Other posters and/or state legislation might disagree with me.