Originally Posted by 4410
She works in some sort of Family reintegration program for the VA. Although she was certified in England to practice clinical psychology at the doctoral level and worked for some 30 odd years before moving to the States, she was not willing to put in another 2-3 years for respecialization and she decided to work for the VA with the LPC. She was working for the VA when she was trying to get her license transfered to the USA. Her area of specialization was considered a need area and there was a shortage of staff at that time, so she was hired on probationary status while sorting out her licensure status in the USA. Some of the foreign trained MD doctors have similar problems in having their license transfer to the USA.
This is true, though many international medical schools have similar requirements as the USA programs, which is not the case for most clinical psychology programs outside of the USA. Schools in the Carribean model their training after programs in the USA because they compete for the same residency spots. This obviously isn't the case for all medical schools, but there has been good reason for many foreign medical programs to model themselves after the USA's system. For whatever reasons, this has not held true for Clinical Psychology programs.
In regard to Clinical Psychology...therapy training is done at the MA/MS level in England, with research being reserved primarily for the Ph.D. Understandably, the progression of training, practica experiences, and related criteria are quite different between USA programs and programs found in England (Australia is similar in this regard). It is understandable that licensing boards would have some reservation at just granting a license when there are so many distinct differences in the training and mentoring experience. I'm not making a judgment of one approach being better than another, but when it comes to equivalency, respecialization seems to be the universal recommendation by state licensing boards within the USA.