New York’s LPC Psychology Certification Program has been criticized for failing to provide accurate information about its qualifications, and for offering only vague and outdated information.
The New York State Psychiatric Institute, which is a private organization, claims that its credential is based on the DSM-5.
But that hasn’t stopped the state from issuing certification for all types of psychologists and psychiatrists.
A recent poll found that 73 percent of people surveyed believe that a licensed mental health professional is a mental health expert.
And while the organization has also claimed to provide a list of qualifications for each profession, only one of those requirements, “psychological competency,” is actually based on DSM-IV.LPC’s website, however, is actually very vague about its standards.
LPC says that it only requires a minimum of four years of clinical experience, and that a mental disorder is “any medical or psychiatric condition that interferes with the functioning of the human mind, or that interpleads with an important aspect of the functioning or behavior of the person.”
It also claims that only one credential is required for psychiatrists, and it lists three general characteristics: “Ability to interpret the meaning of the patient’s behavior, understand and interpret emotions, and perform the patient and family’s needs and interests.”
The New Jersey Psychological Association, which represents licensed mental healthcare professionals, issued a statement to Salon in response to the LPC’s lack of qualifications.
“The association has a very clear position: that licensure is not a requirement for psychologists and mental health professionals to provide services to their clients,” the statement read.
“We encourage all psychologists and other mental health practitioners to take the time to properly educate themselves and their clients about what the state of the profession is all about, as well as the requirements that are placed on them to provide mental health services to clients.
It is important for mental health clinicians to have accurate information and accurate information is what the American Psychological Association has been working to accomplish with its Psychologist Program.”
The association’s statement also says that psychologists who are already licensed in New Jersey should also be qualified to perform in the state, but that “the requirements for licensure and certification for psychologists in New York are much different than those for other professionals.”
In the meantime, the state is facing a growing backlash against the Lpc.
A petition has been created to end the program, which has garnered more than 1,400 signatures.
In a statement, the New York Psychological Association called the petition a “misguided attempt to impose an unnecessary burden on our members, and to harm their careers, reputation, and livelihood.”
“The current program was created for people who are interested in being psychologists, but the LCLP is a sham,” the association’s executive director, Julie Bourgeois, said in a statement.
“It is clear that the LCCP is not based on professional expertise, but on political ideology and political pressure.”
According to the association, the Loci Psychologists and Psychologists Certification Board is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 2014 and is currently composed of only four members.
The board has not responded to Salon’s request for comment.