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Commentary on Norcross and Karpiak's “Clinical Psychologists in the 2010s: 50 Years of the APA Division of Clinical Psychology”


Address correspondence to Elliot L. Jurist, PhD, The City College of New York, NAC Building, Room 8/109, 160 Convent Avenue, New York, NY 10031. E-mail:


This commentary offers a challenge to Norcross and Karpiak's (2012) claim that the psychodynamic orientation is on the decline in clinical psychology, based upon the data that they present. I urge clinical psychologists/scientists to recognize that there are psychodynamic researchers who have embraced evidence-based philosophy and practices; I advocate a rapprochement between Division 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology) and 39 (Psychoanalysis), and I propose a defense of pluralism in which all clinical psychologists recognize the obligation to engage other orientations and points of view that differ from their own and to do so respectfully.