Training Aims, Competencies, and Elements

COMPETENCY # 1: ETHICAL AND LEGAL STANDARDS

Aim: Interns will develop knowledge and professional practices that assure adherence to the ethical standards for psychologists.

Elements:

  • Be knowledgeable of and act in accordance with each of the following:
    • the current version of the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct
    • relevant laws, regulations, rules, and policies governing health service psychology at the organizational, local, state, regional, and federal levels; and
    • Relevant professional standards and guidelines.
  • Recognize ethical dilemmas as they arise, and apply ethical decision-making processes in order to resolve the dilemmas.
  • Conduct self in an ethical manner in all professional activities.

Training Activities: Intern Training Seminar, Supervision of Supervision, individual and group supervision with a focus on ethical decision making in all professional activities.

Evaluation Methods: Supervisors’ evaluations and case presentations.

COMPETENCY # 2: INTERVENTION

Aim: Interns will develop skills to allow them to function as professional psychologists.

Elements:

  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with the recipients of psychological services.
  • Develop evidence-based intervention plans specific to the service delivery goals.
  • Implement interventions informed by the current scientific literature, assessment findings, diversity characteristics, and contextual variables.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the relevant research literature to clinical decision making.
  • Modify and adapt evidence-based approaches effectively when a clear evidence-base is lacking,
  • Evaluate intervention effectiveness, and adapt intervention goals and methods consistent with ongoing evaluation.

Training Activities:  Intern Training Seminars, Individual and group supervision, including review of digitally recorded interventions, Supervision of group therapy Intern Training Seminars, Individual and group supervision, including review of digitally recorded interventions, and Supervision of group therapy.

Evaluation Methods:  Supervisors’ evaluations which are informed by viewing digitally recorded therapy sessions, outreach evaluations, and clinical case presentation and case presentation evaluations.

COMPETENCY # 3: ASSESSMENT

Aim: To prepare interns who can effectively use assessment skills and tools to accurately diagnose and provide recommendations. 

Elements:

  • Select and apply assessment methods that draw from the best available empirical literature and that reflect the science of measurement and psychometrics
  • Collect relevant data using multiple sources and methods appropriate to the identified goals and questions of the assessment as well as relevant diversity characteristics of the service recipient.
  • Interpret assessment results, following current research and professional standards and guidelines, to inform case conceptualization, classification, diagnoses and recommendations, while guarding against decision-making biases, distinguishing the aspects of assessment that are subjective from those that are objective.
  • Communicate orally and in written documents the findings and implications of the assessment in an accurate and effective manner sensitive to a range of audiences.

 Training Activities:  Intern Training Seminars, Individual Supervision, Group Supervision Initial consultations, routine, urgent, and crisis appointments data.

Evaluation Methods:  Supervisor evaluations, Case presentations

COMPETENCY # 4: CONSULTATION AND INTERPROFESSIONAL/INTERDISCIPLINARY SKILLS

Aim: To produce interns who can collaborate and consult with other individuals or groups to address a problem, seek or share knowledge, or promote effectiveness in professional activities.

Elements:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and respect for the roles and perspectives of other professions.
  • Apply this knowledge in consultation with individuals and their families, other health care professionals, interprofessional groups, or systems related to health and behavior.

Training Activities:  Intern seminar, Individual and group supervision, provision of consultation to other health service providers, university personnel, parents, and students, seeking consultation from other health service providers, university personnel or parents, providing information regarding mental health and CAPS services at tabling events or outreach activities, participating in specialization area project.

Evaluation Methods:  Supervisors’ and staff evaluations, specialization area project case presentation.

COMPETENCY # 5: SUPERVISION

Aim: To produce interns who are knowledgeable and skilled in the theory and practice of clinical supervision such that they contribute to the positive development of future generations of psychologists.

Elements:

  • Apply supervision knowledge in practice through peer supervision and with psychology trainees through:
  • Effectively establishing and maintaining on-going supervisory relationships with peers and externs.
  • Providing supervision such that client welfare is ensured and ethical issues are attended to.
  • Providing feedback to peers and supervisee’s that recognizes their strengths and growth edges in a developmental, multicultural, and interpersonal context and utilizing this knowledge to contribute to professional growth.

Training Activities:  Supervision training seminars, Supervision of Supervision including review of digitally recorded supervision sessions, group Supervision, provision of peer supervision and supervision externs.

Evaluation Methods:  Supervisors’ evaluation and supervision case presentation.

COMPETENCY # 6: INDIVIDUAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY

Aim: Interns will develop knowledge and skills to function as effective psychologists with multicultural populations.

Elements:

  • An understanding of how their own personal/cultural history, attitudes, and biases may affect how they understand and interact with people different from themselves.
  • Knowledge of the current theoretical and empirical knowledge base as it relates to addressing diversity in all professional activities including research, training, supervision/consultation, and service.
  • The ability to integrate awareness and knowledge of individual and cultural differences in the conduct of professional roles (e.g., research, services, and other professional activities). This includes the ability apply a framework for working effectively with areas of individual and cultural diversity not previously encountered over the course of their careers. Also included is the ability to work effectively with individuals whose group membership, demographic characteristics, or worldviews create conflict with their own.

Training Activities:  Intern Training Seminars, multicultural case conference, group and individual supervision with a focus on the integration of individual and cultural diversity factors in all professional activities, Supervisors’ evaluations, case presentations, supervision of supervision presentations, individual and group supervision with including review of digitally recorded supervision sessions, outreach, workshops, and multicultural consultation project

Evaluation Methods:  Supervisors’ evaluations, supervision of supervision and case presentations presentation evaluations.

 COMPETENCY # 7: PROFESSIONAL VALUES, ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR

Aim: Interns will develop behaviors and practices that are consistent with the professional identity of a psychologist

Elements:

  • Behave in ways that reflect the values and attitudes of psychology, including integrity, deportment, professional identity, accountability, lifelong learning, and concern for the welfare of others.
  • Engage in self-reflection regarding one’s personal and professional functioning; engage in activities to maintain and improve performance, well-being, and professional effectiveness.
  • Actively seek and demonstrate openness and responsiveness to feedback and supervision
  • Respond professionally in increasing complex situations with a greater degree of independence as they progress across levels of training.

Training Activities:  Intern Training Seminar, individual and group supervision with a focus on using professional values in all professional activities, Engaging  in a way that is consistent as a professional at CAPS, complying with the policies and procedures of the university.

Evaluation Methods:  Supervisors’ evaluations completed in direct consultation with the CAPS staff.

 COMPETENCY # 8: COMMUNICATION AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

 Aim: Interns will demonstrate personal and professional self-awareness and apply insights to professional relationships and communications.

Elements:

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of individuals, including colleagues, communities, organizations, supervisors, supervisees, and those receiving professional services.
  • Produce and comprehend oral, nonverbal, and written communications that are informative and well-integrated; demonstrate a thorough grasp of professional language and concepts.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills and the ability to manage difficult communication well.

 Training Activities:  Intern Training Seminar, Staff meetings, Individual and group supervision with a focus on using effective communication and interpersonal skills in all professional activities, Case conference meeting, Utilizing Titanium to document appropriately, Participating in the specialization area project.

Evaluation Methods:  Supervisors’ evaluations with direct consultation with CAPS staff.

COMPETENCY # 9: RESEARCH

Aim: To produce interns who demonstrate knowledge, skills and competence sufficient to critically evaluate and use existing knowledge to solve problems, and to disseminate research. 

Elements:

  • Demonstrates the independent ability to critically evaluate and disseminate research or other scholarly activities (e.g., case conference, presentation, publications) at the local (including the host institution), regional, or national level.
  • Uses research and scholarly literature to inform clinical decision making.

Training Activities:  Intern Seminar with a focus on integrating research into all professional activities, Participating in multicultural consultation project, supervision and case presentations, Participating in clinical and outreach activities of CAPS.

Evaluation Methods:  Supervisors’ evaluations, Specialization area project presentations, supervision presentation, and case presentations.

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