well to work with culturally
diverse groups. Another 44
percent felt they were fairly well
prepared or slightly prepared to
do so. Just 3 percent felt they
weren’t at all ready.
Respondents’ level of knowledge varied, however. More than
half said they were not at all or
only slightly knowledgeable about
working with transgender clients,
for example, compared with the
51 percent who rated themselves
quite or extremely knowledgeable
about working with lesbian, gay
and bisexual clients.
The most helpful resources
for learning about diverse
populations were books and
peer-revie wed journals, respondents said. The least helpful?
Graduate training. That’s not a
slam against graduate training,
Stamm explains. Instead, she
says, the finding may simply
reflect the demographics of
“The majority of the sample
was in their mid-50s, so they’re
fairly far removed from their
graduate training,” she says.
“They may have changed their
practice patterns or empha-
ses over time, so their graduate
training is less relevant.”
The survey findings point to
the need for further research,
adds Stamm. One priority area is
to determine whether there are
enough psychologists to meet
Americans’ needs. “This report
has a lot of information about
the supply side,” says Stamm.
“Now we’d like to focus on the
reimbursement rates were the
most commonly cited reason
for not participating. Others
said they didn’t participate in
any insurance programs or had
caseloads composed mainly of
Respondents were eager
to learn more about geropsy-
chology, calling for education
on depression, adjustment to
medical illness and disability, and
grief and bereavement.
■ Practitioners believe they are
prepared to serve an increas-
ingly diverse nation. Almost 53
percent of respondents felt that
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Health service psychologists’ work settings
Private practice continues to be the primary work setting
service settings 6
Note: Missing values were
excluded prior to analysis.
Totals may not sum to 100
percent due to rounding.
Source: 2015 APA Survey
of Psychology Health