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Competencies

Postdoctoral Psychology Residency Program

Research

Demonstrate the substantially independent ability to critically evaluate and disseminate research or other scholarly activities (e.g. case conference, presentation and publications) at the local (including the host institution), regional or national level.

Ethics

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

Diversity

The Commission on Accreditation defines cultural and individual differences and diversity as including, but not limited to, age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status.

  1. An understanding of how their own personal/cultural history, attitudes and biases may affect how they understand and interact with people different from themselves.
  2. Knowledge of the current theoretical and empirical knowledgebase 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).
  3. 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.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to independently apply their knowledge and demonstrate effectiveness in working with the range of diverse individuals and groups encountered during residency.

Professional Values and Attitudes

  1. 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.
  2. Engage in self-reflection regarding one’s personal and professional functioning; engage in activities to maintain and improve performance, well-being and professional effectiveness.
  3. Actively seek and demonstrate openness and responsiveness to feedback and supervision.
  4. Respond professionally in increasingly complex situations with a greater degree of independence as they progress across levels of training.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

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

Assessment

  1. Select and apply assessment methods that draw from the best available empirical literature and 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.
  2. Interpret assessment results, following current research and professional standards and guidelines, to inform case conceptualization, classification and recommendations, while guarding against decision-making biases, distinguishing the aspects of assessment that are subjective from those that are objective.
  3. 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.

Intervention

  1. Develop evidence-based intervention plans specific to the service delivery goals.
  2. Implement interventions informed by the current scientific literature, assessment findings, diversity characteristics and contextual variables.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to apply the relevant research literature to clinical decision-making.
  4. Modify and adapt evidence-based approaches effectively when a clear evidence base is lacking.
  5. Evaluate intervention effectiveness, and adapt intervention goals and methods consistent with ongoing evaluation.

Supervision

Apply this knowledge in direct or simulated practice with psychology trainees or other health professionals. Examples of direct or simulated practice examples of supervision include, but are not limited to, role-played supervision and peer supervision with other trainees.

Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills

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