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Overarching Training Goals and Objectives

1. Prepare fellows to achieve the level of competence in direct service (psychological assessment, intervention, and consultation) required for licensure and independent practice.

  • Fellows 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.
  • Fellows 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.
  • Fellows 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.

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

  • Fellows 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.

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

  • Fellows 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.

4. Enhance the professional development of the fellows.

  • Clinical psychology fellows 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 Fellowship Seminar and meetings with mentors, fellows will gain a greater understanding of their own career trajectory and help in becoming gainfully employed.

5. Prepare fellows 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 professional psychology.

  • The objectives under this goal are specific to each placement.