Almost all areas of psychological science in the 1960s and 1970s received unexceptionally rapid development. However, applied clinical therapy acquired the most advanced pace of growth. In 1949, the well-known conference in Boulder adopted Boulder’s scientific-practical model as the basis for psychotherapy teaching. They assigned a particularly essential role to the deep theoretical training of professional psychotherapists. They also significantly expanded the scope of teaching psychological theory disciplines for practice-oriented courses. The participants of the conference in Vail in 1973 demonstrated that practical psychology is the result of the connection between science and practice. They stated the “professional model” practice-oriented teaching psychology (Leahey, 2004). From Vail’s theory point of view, psychotherapists are “consumers” of both the results of active practice and scientific psychotherapy research.
The Models Comparison
Boulder’s and Veil’s learning models are relatively contradictory. The first of these highlights the benefits of theoretically oriented learning. The second, more practically oriented, prefer training in a vocational school. The specificity of psychotherapy as a field of knowledge and profession lies in the valid combination of theoretical and practical parts. In the professional training process, it is necessary to accumulate scientific knowledge (theories) to understand human behavior and help him in the future (practice) (Leahey, 2014). As a field of science, psychology is closely connected to learning; it is a field of scientific study that combines research and clinical practice.
I believe both theories are valid and should be efficiently combined to get an improved result. The significance of theory and practice in such an influential scientific segment as psychotherapy cannot be underestimated. Any knowledge from the training material should be carefully studied before being subjected to thorough practice and evaluation.
Leahey, T. H. (2004). A history of psychology: Main currents in psychological thought. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson Prentice Hall.