Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth."
One of my biggest frustrations with the field of psychology is the chaos that exists at the semantic level. Consider, for example, that I direct a doctoral program in Combined-Integrated Clinical and School Psychology that is transitioning from offering the Doctoral of Psychology (PsyD) to the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (PhD) degree. The program was originally was a Combined Clinical, Counseling, and School program, but during our accreditation cycle in the early 2000s we were asked to drop the ‘counseling’ because we did not have a traditional counseling psychologist in our core faculty. We did so, but the program did not change at all. An EdS Counseling Program in our department, during its accreditation from a counseling body, asked that our department rename itself—from the Department of Graduate Psychology to the Department of Graduate Psychology and Counseling—because they felt the counseling profession (which is different than counseling psychology!) needed stronger and more explicit representation. Interestingly, that program recently changed its name from Community Counseling to Clinical Mental Health Counseling. During our most recent site visit, our accrediting site visitors said they were surprised we dropped the ‘counseling’ description because to them our program felt more like a counseling psychology program than a traditional clinical or school psychology program. Are you confused yet?