Zoe the Cat, Ph.D.

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by AV8R, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. AV8R

    AV8R Active Member

  2. b4cz28

    b4cz28 New Member

    Thanks for the post..........the comments are the best part.
  3. AV8R

    AV8R Active Member

  4. JWC

    JWC New Member

    This information is more than 10 year's old and occurred in the the early stages of the inception of the American Psychotherapy Association. Since then, they have grown into a reputable organization that has had world renowned behavioral health professionals as part of their organization such as Aaron Beck, William Glasser, William O'Hanlon, et.al.

    Before making light of the organization, check out its professional organ and determine the quality of the organization.

    As a disclaimer, I am a member of the association and have been since its inception. I allowed my membership to lapse for a number of years because of some concerns but they have, in essence, become more circumspect regarding membership.
  5. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

    I wonder if that cat's PhD is DETC accredited. (Dept. of Education for Teaching Cats)
  6. b4cz28

    b4cz28 New Member

    That made my day!
  7. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Hopefully, with her new PhD she can find sufficient employment so that she can buy a sweater or some kind of coat. OMG!

  8. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

  9. b4cz28

    b4cz28 New Member

    Yall are killing me, that was the coolest cat ever.
  10. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

  11. John Bear

    John Bear Senior Member

    JWC: "This information is more than 10 year's [sic] old and occurred in the the early stages of the inception of the American Psychotherapy Association.

    I cannot read the exact date on the cat's diploma, but it definitely starts with a "2" so if it is more than ten years old, it can't be much more.

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  12. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    OK. I looked up the "Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association" at MELVYL, which is the online library catalog covering all campuses of University of California system -- the largest research university system in the United States.

    UC systemwide holdings of the "Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association": zero


    For comparison, I also looked up "American Psychologist", which is the official journal of the American Psychological Association.

    UC campuses with holdings of the "American Psychologist": Berkeley, Davis, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Merced, Santa Barbara, UCLA, Irvine, Riverside, and San Diego. Basically, every UC campus (except for the Hastings campus, which is a law school).
  13. JWC

    JWC New Member

    I didn't suggest you do that; I suggested you read the Annals and determine its quality, that's all. I can give you a whole list of psychotherapy publications that won't make the MELVYL list and some are by very credible and reputable organizations.

    Also, I am always amazed at the displeasure of an association that in its genesis may make some unsound decisions until a system of checks and balances is in place yet those who commit fraud by applying for credentials under spurious conditions get off "Scot free."
  14. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    I have no background in psychology or psychotherapy. So how am I in a position to judge the quality of a psychotherapy journal? I freely acknowledge that the (numerous) psychology programs in the UC system are much better qualified to do so. And none of them seem to regard this particular journal as worth subscribing to.

    OK, post the list and we'll see if that is true. My impression is that there are a large number of psychotherapy journals in MELVYL, just not the "Annals of the APA".
  15. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    Most people would find it obvious that Zoe -- as a cat -- was in no position to offer any psychological services, despite her impressive-sounding APA credential. So it was impossible for Zoe or her owner to profit in any way whatsoever from this credential, or to harm potential clients.

    No harm, no foul.
  16. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

  17. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Getting a Ph.D. made me lose all my hair, too.

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