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Halpern, F. (1960). Training for Clinical Psychology. Proceedings of the Springfield Mount Sinai Conferences on Intern Training in Clinical Psychology: Edited by Michael H. P. Finn and Fred Brown. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1959. 186 pp.. Psychoanal Q., 29:421-423.

(1960). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 29:421-423

Training for Clinical Psychology. Proceedings of the Springfield Mount Sinai Conferences on Intern Training in Clinical Psychology: Edited by Michael H. P. Finn and Fred Brown. New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1959. 186 pp.

Review by:
Florence Halpern

Teaching of all kinds and at all levels is an art that requires a happy combination of knowledge, special skills, sensitivity, and dedication. When what is being taught deeply concerns the lives of others, when the pupil or 'trainee' is going to use what he learns for the benefit of mankind, a need for understanding, ability, and sensitivity far above the average is certainly indicated. Yet, while the course of study the clinical psychologist must pursue has been outlined in some detail by the American Psychological Association, in conjunction with the universities involved in such training, relatively little attention has been directed toward the 'on the job' situation, the nature of teaching that takes place during the psychological internship, and the problems this type of training generates.

The present volume is a collection of papers by various specialists in the field of clinical psychology and allied professions dealing with this particular aspect of clinical training. That the issues dealt with are crucial for anyone involved in the training process is self-evident, and stated by Finn and Brown, the editors. They say, 'The wish to turn out a professional clinical psychologist, who, with his shining Ph.D., will be a credit to the field wherever he functions, is paramount in the hearts and minds of internship directors. The path to this goal is beset with a multiplicity of problems which we have attempted to delineate by the topics assigned to participants in the conference.

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