Core Competencies

Training for all doctoral psychology fellows is organized around ten core competency categories: (I) communication and interpersonal skills; (II) individual and cultural diversity; (III) professionalism; (IV) ethical and legal standards; (V) reflective practice; (VI) evidence-based assessment; (VII) evidence-based intervention; (VIII) consultation, interprofessional, and systems based practice; (IX) supervision; and (X) research and scholarship.

Training in the core competencies occurs through multiple experiences. These include, but are not limited to: the delivery of professional services in the placements; supervision and mentoring; participation in the core seminar and placement-based seminars; and completion of a scholarly project.

Core competency training is tailored within each placement to the populations served and to the professional service model and setting. The progress of fellows in developing these competencies is assessed by supervisors and advisors informally throughout the year and formally through written assessments at three points of time during the year. The competency categories and the individual competencies are as follows:

I. Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  1. Communicates effectively
  2. Forms positive relationships with others
  3. Manages complex interpersonal situations

II. Individual and Cultural Diversity

  1. Demonstrates awareness of diversity and its influence
  2. Develops effective relationships with culturally diverse individuals, families, and groups
  3. Applies knowledge of individual and cultural diversity in practice
  4. Pursues professional development about individual and cultural diversity

III. Professionalism

  1. Displays professional behavior
  2. Demonstrates accountability
  3. Demonstrates professional identity

IV. Ethical and Legal Standards

  1. Demonstrates awareness of ethical and legal standards applicable to professional service, training, and research
  2. Recognizes and manages ethical and legal issues in professional service, training, and research
  3. Adheres to the APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct

V. Reflective Practice

  1. Demonstrates mindfulness and self-awareness
  2. Engages in self-assessment
  3. Engages in the self-care essential for functioning effectively as a psychologist

VI. Evidenced-Based Assessment

  1. Conducts clinical interviews
  2. Uses evidence-based assessment tools (e.g., screening instruments, rating scales, and tests that assess risk, development, personality, psychopathology, cognitive functioning, and organizational functioning)
  3. Collects and integrates data
  4. Summarizes and reports data

VII. Evidence-Based Intervention

  1. Formulates case conceptualizations and treatment plans
  2. Implements evidence-based interventions
  3. Monitors the impact of interventions

VIII. Consultation, Interprofessional Practice, and Systems-Based Practice

  1. Provides consultation (e.g. case-based, group, organizational systems)
  2. Engages in interprofessional collaboration
  3. Engages in systems-based practice

IX. Supervision

  1. Seeks and uses supervision effectively
  2. Use supervisory feedback to improve performance
  3. Facilitates peer supervision/consultation
  4. Provides individual supervision (if applicable)

X. Research and Scholarship

  1. Displays critical scientific thinking
  2. Uses the scientific literature
  3. Implements scientific methods