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(p. 250) Professional Identification 

(p. 250) Professional Identification
(p. 250) Professional Identification

Robert A. DiTomasso

, Stacey C. Cahn

, Susan M. Panichelli-Mindel

, and Roger K. McFillin

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date: 27 July 2021

In this chapter the important role of professional identity in shaping the professional development and roles of the clinical psychologist is discussed. The authors discuss the importance of professional identification as it relates to mentoring, supervision, administration, accountability, training models, evidence-based practice, credentialing, continuing education and life-long learning is discussed. Participation in professional organizations, divisions, and special interest groups as well as obtaining postdoctoral training, becoming licensed and attaining ABPP diplomate status are reviewed. Finally, the role of continuing education and life-long learning are emphasized. Finally, a discussion of benchmark competencies and tools for assessing competence are discussed.

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