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Clinical Science Brown Bag Series

Tuesday, October 17, 2017,
  • Location: Wilson Hall • 111 21St Ave S • Nashville, TN 37240
  • Room: 316

Denise Davis 

Vanderbilt University

Joe McLaughlin

Vanderbilt University

Preparing for Clinical Internships

Obtaining a doctoral degree in clinical psychology includes training to competence in research as well as applied clinical practice.  This is achieved through a series of clinical practica or work placements where graduate students build specific skills or competencies, in preparation for the required full-time, one year internship.   During internship, students need to acquire a higher level of competence in various domains to complete this training milestone and to progress toward possible independent clinical practice.  But how does a student know which specific skills they need, at what level, to be considered competent in clinical practice? 

There has been a movement in recent years towards a common definition of competency domains, with behaviorally specified benchmarks for different stages of training and practice. This session will include a brief overview of selected benchmarks of the APA model of core clinical competencies, and how these can be tracked over time to assist the students' development. The clinical practicum co-directors will discuss how practicum and internship function as competency building experiences, and dialogue with attendees with regard to their concerns and questions.