Foundation and Functional Competencies of a Clinical Psychologist

Foundational Competencies

  • Self-Assessment and  Reflective Practice: Practice conducted with the boundaries of competencies, commitment to life-long learning, engagement with scholarship, critical thinking and respect for scientifically derived knowledge.
  • Familiarity with Scientific Knowledge and Method: Research methodology, techniques of data collection and analysis, biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, life-span human development.
  • Effective Relationship Skills: Capacity to relate effectively and meaningfully with individuals, groups and/or communities.
  • Knowledge of Ethical and Legal Standards and Policy: Application of ethical concepts and awareness of legal issues regarding professional activities with individuals, groups and organizations.
  • Knowledge About and Sensitivity to Individual and Cultural Diversity : Awareness and sensitivity in working professionally with diverse individuals, groups, and communities who represent various cultural and personal background and characteristics.
  • Capacity to Function in Interdisciplinary Systems: Identification and involvement with one's colleagues and peers that contribute to the development of the profession and foster the continued development of the individual practitioner.

Functional Competencies

  • Assessment, Diagnosis and Case Conceptualization: Assessment and diagnosis of problems and issues associated with individuals, groups and/or organizations.
  • Intervention: Interventions designed to alleviate suffering and to promote health and well-being of individuals, groups and/or organizations.
  • Consultation: Providing expert guidance or professional assistance in response to a client's needs or goals.
  • Research and Evaluation: Research that contributes to the professional knowledge base and/or evaluates the effectiveness of various professional activities.
  • Supervision and Teaching:  Supervision and training of the professional work of students, trainees, residents and staff members.
  • Management and Administration: Managing the practice of mental health services and/or the administration of health organizations, programs and agencies.

*  This information is taken from the Council of Credentialing Organizations in Professional Psychology.