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(p. 191) Professional Identification in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology 

(p. 191) Professional Identification in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
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(p. 191) Professional Identification in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Author(s):

Alfred J. Finch

, John E. Lochman

, W. Michael Nelson III

, and Michael C. Roberts

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199758708.003.0010
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date: 06 July 2020

Chapter 10 discusses how the identity of the clinical child and adolescent psychologist forms as someone with specialized competencies and skills to provide services to children and adolescents and their families, and to conduct research into issues of development, psychotherapy, assessment and diagnosis, and treatment. It also covers how this identity is partially achieved through membership in professional organizations, personal continuing efforts to maintain competences and develop new skills, and advanced credentials or board certification in clinical child and adolescent psychology. It addresses that, although membership in professional organizations does not automatically bestow competencies or credentials on a specialty psychologist, it does permit the clinical child and adolescent psychologist to monitor changes in the field, remain current with evidence-based practice and scientific advances, seek counsel on clinical challenges and ethical dilemmas, and gain support from the specialty community of practitioners and scholars.

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