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Core Competencies

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

Training in the core competencies occurs through an organized program consisting of multiple experiences. These include but are not limited to: the delivery of professional services in the placements; supervision and mentoring; participation in structured training such as 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
  4. Demonstrates self-awareness as a professional

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. Professional Values, Attitudes and Behavior

  1. Displays professional behavior
  2. Engages in self-assessment and self-reflection
  3. Demonstrates accountability
  4. Demonstrates professional identity
  5. Engages in self-care essential for functioning effectively as a psychologist

IV. Ethical and Legal Standards

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

V. Assessment

  1. Conducts clinical interviews
  2. Appropriately selects and applies evidence-based assessment methods
  3. Collects and integrates data
  4. Summarizes and reports data

VI. Intervention

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

VII. Consultation, Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary and Systems-Based Practice

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

VIII. 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)

IX. Research and Scholarship

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