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Training clinical psychologists : The current situation and a way forward [Guest Editorial]

Kavanagh, David J. (2011) Training clinical psychologists : The current situation and a way forward [Guest Editorial]. Australian Psychologist, 46(2), pp. 65-66.

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Abstract

In the past, training in clinical psychology in Australia and overseas has been dominated by definitions of input— hours of classes or supervision and of specific components. While prospective practitioners have been required to demonstrate the acquisition of generic competencies, satisfaction of these input driven criteria has been required for both accreditation and registration. Ironically, for a discipline that prides itself on requiring empirical bases for practice and communicating those to students (Calhoun, Moras, Pilkonis, & Rehm, 1998), training criteria have been primarily derived from accepted wisdom, rather than from a sound body of data. The situation has been remarkably like that of a treatment establishing standards of fidelity before its effective components are known—an action our profession has correctly criticised in the past (Herbert & Mueser, 1992).

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ID Code: 47313
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Training, Clinical Psychologists, Current, Treatment
DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-9544.2011.00025.x
ISSN: 0005-0067
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > COGNITIVE SCIENCE (170200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: © 2011 The Australian Psychological Society
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Deposited On: 29 Nov 2011 22:57
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2011 23:07

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