- Location: Wilson Hall • 111 21St Ave S • Nashville, TN 37240
- Room: 316
- Contact: Angel Gaither
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 615-322-0080
- Website: https://www.vanderbilt.edu/psychological_sciences/events/index.php
- Audience: Free and Open to the Public
Denise Davis, PhD
Joe McLaughlin, PhD
"Developing Clinical Competencies as Preparation for Doctoral Clinical Internships"
Obtaining a doctoral degree in clinical psychology includes training to competence in applied clinical practice as well as research. This is achieved through a series of supervised clinical practica where graduate students build specific skills in preparation for the one-year pre-doctoral internship. During internship, students need to acquire a higher level of competence to progress toward licensure in independent practice. How does a student know which specific skills they need to develop to progress to the next level and to attain true competence? 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 benchmarks of the APA model of core clinical competencies, and how these are assessed at different levels of training. The clinical practicum co-directors will discuss how practicum and internship function as competency building experiences, and dialogue with attendees with regard to measuring, attaining, and maintaining clinical competence.