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Overarching Training Goals and Objectives

Goal #1:          Prepare residents to achieve the level of competence in direct service (psychological assessment, intervention, and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills) required for licensure and independent practice.

Objectives:

1a.       Residents will demonstrate through direct service, a developmentally expected level of competence in assessment as follows: (a) conduct diagnostic interviews; (b) convey knowledge about diagnoses; (c) select appropriate assessment approaches; (d) administer and score tests; (e) interpret and report findings and recommendations; (f) write reports; (g) communicate results; (h) demonstrate sensitivity to ethical and legal considerations in all aspects of assessment; and  (i) demonstrate sensitivity to diversity considerations in all aspects of assessment.

1b.       Residents will demonstrate through direct service, a developmentally expected level of competence in intervention as follows: (a) conceptualize cases; (b) establish and monitor therapeutic goals; (c) develop and maintain therapeutic alliance; (d) apply therapeutic strategies; (e) manage crises and follow-up; (f) manage therapy termination; (g) demonstrate sensitivity to ethical and legal considerations in all aspects of intervention; and (h) demonstrate sensitivity to diversity considerations in all aspects of intervention.

1c.       Residents will demonstrate through their direct service activities, a developmentally expected level of competence in consultation as follows: (a) use theory and research to guide consultations; (b) maintain a systems perspective; (c) understand local contexts; (d) negotiate contracts among systems; (e) provide feedback to individuals from different fields; (f) develop effective interdisciplinary relationships; (g) establish respectful interprofessional collaborations; (h) integrate into teams; (i) learn from other team members; (j) demonstrate sensitivity to ethical and legal considerations in all aspects of consultation; and (k) demonstrate sensitivity to diversity considerations in all aspects of consultation.

Goal #2           Facilitate the residents in assuming a stance as a scientifically-minded psychologist with competence in scholarship/research.

Objective:

2.         Residents will meet a developmentally expected level of competence in scholarship/research as follows: (a) perform professional functions consistent with being a “scientifically-minded” psychologist; (b) use empirical literature to guide direct service activities; (c) develop or contribute to research; (d) present or publish in scholarly forums;  (e) demonstrate sensitivity to ethical and legal considerations in all aspects of scholarship/research; and (f) demonstrate sensitivity to diversity in all aspects of scholarship/research.

Goal#3            Facilitate the residents gaining exposure and basic competence in supervision of more junior trainees and/or allied professionals.

Objective:

3.         Residents will demonstrate through their supervisory endeavors, a developmentally expected level of competence as follows: (a) know area in which providing supervision; (b) know models, theories, modalities, and research on supervision; (c) be aware of supervisee development and learning needs; (d) develop and sustain a strong supervisory relationship; (e) provide guidance and input based on theory, research, and practice; (f) monitor supervisee’s services; (g) offer effective formative and summative feedback; (h) encourage a two-way evaluative process; (i) promote the supervisee’s growth and self-assessment; (j) be receptive to supervision on supervision; (k) demonstrate sensitivity to ethical and legal considerations in all aspects of the supervisory process; and (l) demonstrate sensitivity to diversity considerations in all aspects of the supervisory process.

Goal #4           Enhance the professional development of the residents.

Objective

4.         Clinical psychology residents will achieve a developmentally expected level of competence in professional development as follows: (a) demonstrate sensitivity to ethical and legal issues; (b) respond within APA ethical guidelines; (c) maintain appropriate professional boundaries; (d) demonstrate sensitivity to individual and cultural diversity; (e) show respect for diverse values, ethical perspectives, and worldviews; (f) demonstrate capacity for reflection, self-awareness, and self-assessment; (g) show awareness of personal/professional limitations; (h) understand how own beliefs and values impact their professional functioning; (i) demonstrate professional judgment; (j) perform duties dependably and responsibly; (k) assume and manage multiple professional roles; (l) manage time effectively; (m) demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills (listening, empathy, flexibility, sense of humor, contextual understanding); (n) communicate, problem-solve, negotiate systems effectively; (o) share knowledge with others; (p) behave collegially and respectfully; (q) use technology skillfully; (r) participate in community-based activities; (s) evidence a commitment to social justice; (t) convey a commitment to life-long learning; and (u) function autonomously. Through participation in the professional development components of the Postdoctoral Residency Seminar and meetings with mentors, residents will gain a greater understanding of their own career trajectory and help in becoming gainfully employed.

Goal #5           Prepare residents to achieve the level of competence in other competency domains as relevant to their special area of emphasis and/or other competencies associated with the practice of Health Service Psychology.

The objectives under this goal are specific to each placement.