[Tagging] Healthcare=counselling and healthcare=psychotherapist?

Graeme Fitzpatrick graemefitz1 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 9 05:31:40 UTC 2019


On Sat, 9 Mar 2019 at 13:28, Joseph Eisenberg <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>
wrote:

> The healthcare wiki page has a number of subtags listed, but not all
> are well defined. In particular, the tags for behavioral health and
> psychology services are not very well organized.
>
> There is currently a list of options for more specific tags to use
> with healthcare=psychotherapy and healthcare=counseling but I don't
> believe these were every approved as part of a proposal.
>
> The most confusing option is healthcare:counselling=psychiatry
>
> Psychiatry is a medical specialty which treats serious mental health
> problems such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder through the use of
> medications. Psychiatrists are medical doctors, not counselors, so I
> think this is an incorrect tag.
>
> I would also think that it would be more appropriate to use
> "healthcare=psychology" rather than "=psychotherapy", because the
> health practitioners are licensed as clinical psychologists, and
> psychotherapy is only one type of therapy, although it is a popular
> term since the time of Freud.
>

I was wondering about this when I was tagging several psychology clinics
recently?

It appears to be a complicated answer, possibly depending on where you are
(now where have I heard that comment before? :-))

https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/couch-meets-world/201107/psychiatrist-psychotherapist-whos-who-in-mental-health
says "Psychotherapist -- This is an umbrella term for any professional who
is trained to treat people for their emotional problems" which would seem
to suggest that it a one-term covers all answer?

But in Australia at least, this page
https://www.inneractions.com.au/res_whatsthedifference.php says "A
psychologist is a g up & university trained health professional ...Psychology
is regulated by the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency" ,
while "A psychotherapist usually has, as a minimum, an undergraduate degree
in a health related area ... Unfortunately and to the shame of all levels
of government in Australia, psychotherapy continues to be self-regulated."
which suggests that they're two very different things?

Certainly agree with you that the various wiki pages need tidying up &
clarifying

Thanks

Graeme
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