Honkala, J. (2006). The present status and future prospects of the profession of psychologists in Europe: EU directive and the European diploma in psychology. European Psychologist, 11, 71-75.
Psychology as a science emerged in Europe more than 100 years ago. There is currently a rapid growth in Europe both in terms of the number of psychologists and psychology students and in the variety of psychological services. Today the European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA) represents 200,000 individual members in 32 European countries and Member Associations, with a projected growth rate at 27 percent total for the period of 2005-2010. Thus, this article discusses the present status and future prospects of the profession of psychologists in Europe. Focus is directed at the EU directive, legal regulations in European countries, the European diploma in psychology, and the EFPA participatory status to the Council of Europe.