Licensed Psychologists' Knowledge and Utilization of a State Association Colleague Assistance Committee

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Professional impairment creates concern among colleagues, yet often there is no clear plan for help. Although many state psychological associations have developed programs for assisting psychologists, how practitioners view these programs is unknown. Of a random sample of 633 surveyed psychologists, 48% identified behaviors suggestive of impairment, experiences addressing concerns with colleagues, and opinions and knowledge about their state's program. Respondents believed 10% of colleagues to be impaired and indicated that they would most likely use informal methods for expressing concern. Utilization and knowledge of the colleague assistance program were related to length of licensure and membership in the state psychological association.