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Now that Japan has a licensure law for psychologists, clinical psychology is expected to play a significant role in Japanese society. There has been little systematic effort to frame clinical psychology within a scientist-practitioner model in Japan, however. The symposium will focus on professional training and competencies for clinical practice. Professor Murphy from the UK will discuss their training and certification system as well as clinical psychologists' contribution to the UK health care system. Professor Iwakabe will compare training programs in North America and Japan to point to the need for competency-based training in Japan. Professor Shimoyama will highlight difficulties Japanese clinical psychology has experienced as a scientific discipline, as well as possible solutions to those issues. Finally, Professor Suzuki will demonstrate how clinical psychologists can incorporate scientific methods into clinical practice and how practice can inform research. The presentations will be followed by a discussion session.
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