ever. Our largest employer should not be automatically rejecting
applications from a large percentage of licensed psychologists,
and neither should any other organization. I’ve started an
advocacy group to defend all psychologists, not just the ones
who had APA-accredited internships.
Who am I? I’m an independently practicing psychologist
who, no matter what health-care reform brings, will always be
an independently practicing psychologist. I know what it takes
to run a business. I’ve smelled the flushing spiral of insurance
reimbursements. If this election is about experience, that’s the
experience you want represented on APA’s Board of Directors.
No matter how small your practice is and no matter what
health-care reform may bring, I will always fight to ensure that
you can start and run a private practice if you want one, can
get on insurance panels if you want to be on them and can
continue to receive reimbursement that is consistent with our
expertise as psychologists. I will fight to ensure that health-care reform doesn’t mean that psychologists are saddled with
physician-centric requirements that are irrelevant to what
psychology is. It’s not our job to act more like physicians; it’s
our job to educate others about what psychologists are. It’s our
job to educate organizations about the value of psychologists
and make what we do something that is valuable for them.
I volunteer on the Public Education Campaign and help to
educate the public as APA’s Public Education Coordinator for
Ohio. Our public education efforts are underfunded and they’re
out-gunned; it’s our job to change that.
Who am I? I’m someone willing to stand up and fight the
tough fights. I’m someone who doesn’t just accept assumptions
without questioning them. I’m someone who looks out for
the underdog; I believe responding to the internship crisis
should include supporting everyone who made it through the
internship crisis instead of hanging them out to dry. Visit www.
Finnerty’s candidate statement
When I learned I’d been nominated to run for president again,
the first thing I told my wife was “I’m going to lose, but I’m
going to have a helluva lot of fun doing it.” It’s important that
there are people willing to stand up and question assumptions
that hurt many people in our field. They hurt the thousands
placed into non-APA internships in the last few years alone.
They hurt the large percentage of licensed psychologists who are
barred from jobs simply because their internship wasn’t an APA
internship. There is no real difference between a psychologist
who had an APA internship and a psychologist who didn’t.
Despite this, the APA Council of Representatives recently
issued policies that communicated that accredited internships
were required to meet their standard to be a psychologist. I’m
Todd E. Finnerty, PsyD
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running in the hopes of shaking things up and questioning
such assumptions. These assumptions hurt people and prevent
psychology from innovating. For example, we use class size as
a criticism against PsyD programs even though the class sizes
are smaller than medical school class sizes and even though
there is an unquenchable thirst for psychological services if we
could just get people access to them. We beg politicians for a
prescription pad even though people have far greater difficulty
accessing psychotherapy than accessing a pill, and that has
been echoed in the fact that psychotherapy has become a much
smaller slice of the mental health treatment “pie.” I’m stubborn,
but also cheerful and easy to work with. I’m 38 and I’m not
going away any time soon. I’ll keep coming back time and time
again to defend each and every psychologist, not just the ones
who had APA-accredited internships. Please join me in a cause
that impacts so many of your colleagues by going to www.
Candidate’s statements reflect their own views and do not
represent the positions of APA or APAPO.