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(p. 3) Introduction to Competencies in Clinical Psychology 

(p. 3) Introduction to Competencies in Clinical Psychology
(p. 3) Introduction to Competencies in Clinical Psychology

Robert A. DiTomasso

, Stacey C. Cahn

, Susan M. Panichelli-Mindel

, and Roger K. McFillin

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date: 27 July 2021

The movement toward a “culture of competence“ in the field of professional psychology has been steadily growing. This has been evidenced by multiple initiatives by the American Psychological Association and National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology, including the APA Task Force on the Assessment of Competence. In this chapter, we introduce the reader to the origins of the competency movement, and trace its development to its current status. We describe the field's endeavors to define and explicate domains, or sub-components, of competence, and to identify specific “benchmarks” of competency within each domain, across the continuum of professional development from student to professional. We review various modalities of effectively assessing these benchmarks, and close by discussing current trends and future directions in this area.

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