Dr Ewald Crause
It seems like the story of Psychology is continuing to develop as the year unfolds. Even though we are now months post the court case there still seems to be a lack of understanding as to the implications of the court’s decision and the way forward.
We have seen new societies and organisations born out of frustration while others have decided to adopt a collaborative approach to solving the current impasse. The reality remains, no matter where you practice (and how you decide to approach the situation)… the Scope of Practice both directly and indirectly impacts on our profession as a whole.
Call it a defense mechanism or even a diversion tactic I found myself seeking out alternative experiences to the persistent talk over the SOP and the ‘inevitable death of psychological services’ (i.e., as referred to by a close colleague of mine). I have been vocal in my optimism around the state of psychology and indeed see the current difficulties faced by psychology practitioners as an opportunity to shape the profession for the future. So when I was again confronted with a difficult conversation I found myself softly humming one of my favorite songs to keep myself from being drawn into yet another heated debate. I did not want to be a passenger on this journey where we as mutual travelers could not agree on the most basic rules of finding common purpose. What I didn’t realize at the time was that the song itself had particular meaning to the situation I found myself in.
The song in my head was “A change is gonna come” originally performed by Sam Cooke.
Now I would like to say that I am a big Sam Cooke fan but I was actually listening to a cover version of the song performed by Playing for Change. Playing for Change is a multimedia music project, created by the American producer and sound engineer Mark Johnson with his Timeless Media Group, that seeks to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The beauty of their music is that they record the songs we all know but in a non-traditional setting. These recordings are made where street artists throughout the world make their living. Each person initially on their own… yet later we see a true collaboration between like-minded individuals.A true example of how traditional boundaries and limitations may be transcended around finding a common goal.
I’ll refrain from saying more and just add a link to the song here. You will hopefully see what I mean.
My wish is that we as psychology professionals may find a unifying purpose… for one fact remains… the world is hurting. Despite all the stories of resilience and overcoming adversity we still have a role to play. Let’s own that space and be the helping hand for our brothers and sisters in need.
Here is the original performer with a couple of powerful images you may remember.