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The competencies movement: Origins, limitations, and future directions

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Background: The “competency movement” has become increasingly prominent

    in the education, training and supervision of professional psychologists.

    Method: This article reviews the origins of that movement.

    Results: With its roots in behaviourism, the WWII aviation industry and the

    vocational training sector, the limitations of the approach for application to

    professional psychology, where practitioners must demonstrate proficiency in

    a wide array of clinical and often “higher-order” skills, are discussed.

    Conclusions: Although the competency movement is taking firm hold in an

    Australian context, the review of the literature highlights potential difficulties

    associated with uncritical acceptance of the approach and discuss directions

    for future development. Irrespective of the directions ultimately taken, the

    education, training and supervision of professional psychologists must be

    based in the availability of psychometrically sound and ecologically valid

    competence assessment tools.

Authors


  •   Humphreys, Leanne (external author)
  •   Crino, Rocco (external author)
  •   Wilson, Ian G.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Humphreys, L., Crino, R. & Wilson, I. (2018). The competencies movement: Origins, limitations, and future directions. Clinical Psychologist, 22 (3), 290-299.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85055455176

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/5221

Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 290

End Page


  • 299

Volume


  • 22

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Background: The “competency movement” has become increasingly prominent

    in the education, training and supervision of professional psychologists.

    Method: This article reviews the origins of that movement.

    Results: With its roots in behaviourism, the WWII aviation industry and the

    vocational training sector, the limitations of the approach for application to

    professional psychology, where practitioners must demonstrate proficiency in

    a wide array of clinical and often “higher-order” skills, are discussed.

    Conclusions: Although the competency movement is taking firm hold in an

    Australian context, the review of the literature highlights potential difficulties

    associated with uncritical acceptance of the approach and discuss directions

    for future development. Irrespective of the directions ultimately taken, the

    education, training and supervision of professional psychologists must be

    based in the availability of psychometrically sound and ecologically valid

    competence assessment tools.

Authors


  •   Humphreys, Leanne (external author)
  •   Crino, Rocco (external author)
  •   Wilson, Ian G.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Humphreys, L., Crino, R. & Wilson, I. (2018). The competencies movement: Origins, limitations, and future directions. Clinical Psychologist, 22 (3), 290-299.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85055455176

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/5221

Number Of Pages


  • 9

Start Page


  • 290

End Page


  • 299

Volume


  • 22

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom