First up: Apologies for the long absence of posts – there are 2 big stories that have occupied our time which we hope to bring soon.
Pretoria Org has recruited a new staff member who has gone onto the Technical Training Corps (TTC). This letter from the Qual Sec of Pretoria lays out the training line up and claims this will take 25 weeks (just on half a year) to produce a Class IV auditor.
She then goes on to make the comparison between auditor training and training for psychiatrists and psychologists with the implication that auditors are far more equipped to deal with human issues with training taking a fraction of the time.
Leaving aside the question of which is better, the issue that jumps out is the sheer volume of one versus the other. Pretoria Org has not produced a single auditor this year, nor in the 10 months since the launch of GAT II.
Finding figures for the number of psychiatrists and psychologists that graduate per year in South Africa is difficult to come by. However the numbers who are practising speaks volumes for this comparison.
There are currently 470 psychiatrists registered with the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP). A search on LinkedIn (the social network for professionals) for “Psychiatrist South Africa” returns 604 results. This is not a massive number by international standards but by comparison to auditors it’s huge.
A similar search for “Psychologist South Africa” shows 7074 South Africans listing psychologist as their profession.
And the rub: A GLOBAL search for “Scientology Auditor” returns just 139 results. When narrowed to South Africa it falls to just 7.
Auditors may well be better than “the psychs” but the point is moot. The numbers are so minimal as to have zero impact on the global scene and the rate at which new auditors are being produced means this will continue to hold true for the immediate and long term future.