It’s no secret that many of us have a vested interest in our mental health.
But for many people, the stakes are high when it comes to what we’re telling the world.
Psychologists, for example, are among the most sought-after professions, according to an industry survey by McKinsey & Co.and the Association of American Psychologists.
In the past few years, more than a dozen psychologists have gone on to win prestigious national and international awards for their work, including the Fields Medal and the National Medal of Science.
And that’s a good thing.
In the case of the nation’s most trusted psychologists, the numbers don’t look good.
The New York Times recently found that the nation has a shortage of roughly 800 licensed mental health professionals, with a shortage that’s expected to grow to more than 1,000 by 2020.
The shortage of psychologists in the U.S. has been a problem for decades, but the number of people receiving federal grants to train and certify therapists in the field has been growing steadily since 2000.
The National Institute of Mental Health recently launched the National Training Center for Behavioral Science and the Assessment of Professional Competence (NTPAC) to address the shortage.
The Center for Training and Certification of Behavioral Science (CTBCBS) is also providing training and certification programs for psychologists.
And while there are a number of companies that offer private certification programs, most of those are for the public sector, not private practice.
What’s more, according the National Alliance for Behavioral Health, the number and number of private-practice psychologists has tripled in the last 15 years.
This means that in 2016, nearly 10 percent of psychologists received government funding to train or certify their employees.
The growing number of psychologists and their clients may be why the American Psychological Association (APA) has become a vocal advocate for more training and certifications.
APA President John Seidl has called for more trained mental health counselors, and the APA is sponsoring an initiative to raise awareness about the shortage of trained psychologists.
“We have an issue with our mental-health workforce that’s not getting addressed,” Seidkle told CNN in November.
“It’s a crisis, and we need a comprehensive solution to it.”
The APA has been calling for increased training and training certification since at least the 1990s, when it was founded.
Today, more psychologists are working for state and local governments than ever before, according a report by the National Council on Behavioral Health.
In fact, the APTA estimates that the shortage will affect more than 2 million people by 2020, with some of those jobs expected to be filled by trained psychologists, not by public sector professionals.
According to the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Neuroscience Association, nearly two-thirds of psychologists have a bachelor’s degree.
The association says that this is a good sign, because more people with degrees are working in the profession.
“It’s clear that we need to get a lot more trained and licensed mental-care professionals,” APA president Dr. David E. Siegel said in a statement.
“There’s no reason why that should be the case.
And we need more trained psychologists.”
The National Association of State Boards of Mental Retardation, the American Psychiatric Association, the National Association for Counseling Psychology, the Association for Psychological Science and Training, the Council of State Mental Retards, and numerous other organizations have also urged the APAs membership to help address the crisis of training and credential shortages.
The APAs current position on training and licensing is not to recommend that people get a degree.
Instead, it’s to encourage them to learn to recognize the signs of a mental health problem and seek out mental health counseling.
“The evidence suggests that many people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and other disorders don’t get enough mental health care,” Siegel told CNN.
“They don’t know how to talk to someone, they’re not working, and they’re going to end up in the emergency room.
So we need training and to certify people who have the skills.”
In addition to training and the certification process, the association says psychologists should be trained to be able to provide unbiased, professional services to patients and other clients, and to have empathy.
It also says psychologists need to be trained in the use of clinical evidence, evidence-based decision-making, and psychological-behavioral theory.
Psychiatrists also need to have more training to develop effective treatments, Siegel adds.
“These are the things that have been proven to work.
If we don’t have trained people, we’re going down the wrong path.”