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Clinical Science Brown Bag Series

Tuesday, October 23, 2018,

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

Denise Davis, PhD

Joe McLaughlin, PhD

Vanderbilt University

"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.