Originally Posted by Pragma
If I go to an orthopedist, I expect to see an orthopedist, not any physician!
Agreed on common sense ways. I think the point of contention for me is that many of these folks may use the title WITHOUT explanation. If ANY confusion is possible, I think they are operating unethically if they do not explain their credentials systematically. I always explain mine and what my limits are from the get go.
Agreed. It may in part be based on the situation/environment--if you're working in any sort of medical setting, for example, I'd say it's reasonable to think patients will assume you're a physician if you refer to yourself as Dr. ____. Thus, it's encumbant upon us as psychologists in that setting to briefly (and proactively) describe our status with essentially everyone we assess/treat.
Ultimately, though, it's better to err on the side of caution. If you think there's any confusion, just go ahead and clarify with the patient.