The Boulder Model's Fatal Flaw

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The author argues that the Boulder model contained a fatal flaw that has distorted and damaged the development of clinical psychology ever since. It is suggested that the uncritical acceptance of the medical model, the organic explanation of mental disorders, with psychiatric hegemony, medical concepts, and language was the fatal flaw. The author contends that after World War II, psychologists were needed to provide psychiatric services for the vast number of veterans needing interventions for mental and emotional disorders. He maintains that by placing psychology graduate students in psychiatric settings for training and service, psychologists lost their students to the invalid, ideological tattered, often incompetent psychiatric worldview. In addition, the author suggests that there are major political differences between a medical/organic/brain-defect model to explain mental disorders and a social-learning, stress-related model.

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American Psychologist, v. 55, issue 2, p. 247-248