Competencies conference: future directions in education and credentialing in professional psychology

J Clin Psychol. 2004 Jul;60(7):699-712. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20016.


The Competencies Conference: Future Directions in Education and Credentialing in Professional Psychology was organized around eight competency-focused work groups, as well as work groups on specialties and the assessment of competence. A diverse group of psychologists participated in this multisponsored conference. After describing the background and structure of the conference, this article reviews the common themes that surfaced across work groups, with attention paid to the identification, training, and assessment of competencies and competence. Recommendations to advance competency-based education, training, and credentialing in professional psychology are discussed. This is one of a series of articles published together in this issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychology. Several other articles that resulted from the Competencies Conference will appear in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice and The Counseling Psychologist.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Competency-Based Education / trends*
  • Credentialing / trends*
  • Curriculum / trends
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Psychology / education*
  • Psychology / trends
  • Psychology, Clinical / education*
  • Psychology, Clinical / trends