The Dryness of the Managed Care Fantasy

Quoting himself, Cummings suggests that the psychologist of managed care can take the role of "the family doctor in this age of alienation." Yet, he never addresses the problems of this age nor reflects on managed care's relationship to them. Our culture harbors our social malaise from which situations of individual discontent arise. It is the role of the psychologist to trouble shoot these social ills as they effect the psyche. Acquiring arsenals of time effective treatment techniques and strategies, as Cummings advocates, may be part of a therapeutic solution, but if psychologists make their professional advancement the source for their therapeutic models, giving up theoretical beliefs to the whims of managed care's stock market value, then our culture of individual-minded capitalistic values will be perpetuated. As our culture continues to recreate itself in social structures such as managed care, the ill situation of American mental sickness will also continue and psychotherapy will become a cost-effective band-aid on lacerations which require stitches.

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Referenced article:

Cummings, Nicholas. (1995) Impact of Managed Care on Employment and Training: A Primer for Survival. Professional Psychology. Research and Practice Vol 26, 1, 10-15