Core competencies

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Core competencies

Post by astra » Thu May 03, 2007 12:46 pm

Core Competencies are the key parts of the job description for a particular post and mean that it matches up to a certain banding and job title, and in this case also that it meets BPS and HPC standards for equipping you for practise as a CP.

The Core competencies are supervision, relationships, assessment, formulation, intervention, communication, evaluation & research, service delivery, teaching and personal & professional development. These are broken down as follows:

1. Supervision (1-4)
The Psychologist in Clinical Training (PICT) should be able to:
1) Understand the roles of both supervisor and supervisee in the supervision process
2) Prepare for supervision
3) Engage in the supervisory process (for example, asking for/provision of/access to knowledge and learning; the giving and receiving of feedback and constructive criticism; the willingness of both parties to enjoin in debate; the emphasis placed on mutual value and respect)
4) Utilise supervision to discuss support issues and needs (including the knowledge and awareness of the boundaries between supervision and support, and a clear understanding that the supervisor cannot and should not act in the role of personal therapist)

2. Relationships (5-7)
The Psychologist in Clinical Training (PICT) should be able to:
5) Facilitate a therapeutic alliance, demonstrating empathy and a respectful attitude to clients, groups, carers and colleagues
6) Demonstrate knowledge and application of anti-oppressive practice
7) Show an awareness of boundary and termination issues
Exhibit skills in managing challenging situations

3. Assessment (9-13)
The Psychologist in Clinical Training (PICT) should be able to:
9) Conduct appropriate interviews, including taking a detailed history
10) Select appropriate assessment procedures
11) Administer and interpret psychometric assessments
12) Administer and interpret idiosyncratic assessments
13) Conduct appropriate risk assessment

4. Formulation (14-16)
The Psychologist in Clinical Training (PICT) should be able to:
14) Use theory in developing a formulation and action plan
15) Reformulate problems and situations in the light of further information
16) Incorporate socio-political context in formulations

5. Intervention (17-21)
The Psychologist in Clinical Training (PICT) should be able to:
17) Demonstrate knowledge of empirical basis of treatments/interventions, including knowledge of and critical appraisal of relevant literature
18) Make theory - practice links
19) Adapt interventions to individual needs
20) Utilise and interpret appropriate measures to evaluate outcome
21) Assess when further intervention may not be appropriate

6. Communication (22-24)
The Psychologist in Clinical Training (PICT) should be able to:
22) Write reports of work undertaken (formal reports, letters, etc.) and be prompt with completion
23) Give oral reports of work undertaken
24) Be clear and comprehensive yet concise, able to express aims and nature of intervention clearly and demonstrate adequate and careful assessment of outcome

7. Evaluation and Research (25-27)
The Psychologist in Clinical Training (PICT) should be able to:
25) Conduct appropriate research (ECR or SORP)
26) Utilise individual evaluation and auditing procedures
27) Utilise departmental evaluation and auditing procedures

8. Service delivery (28-32)
The Psychologist in Clinical Training (PICT) should be able to:
28) Work collaboratively with others (clients/partners/families/carers/colleagues), including using a consultancy model
29) Contribute to multi-disciplinary teams (e.g. meetings, case conferences)
30) Demonstrate an understanding of the organisation of the professional setting in which the placement is based and the change process involved in service delivery systems
31) Demonstrate an understanding of the interface with other services and agencies, and relevant legislation and national planning and the salient issues for clients and their families/carers (including professional practice guidelines)
32) Work with users and carers to facilitate their involvement in service planning and delivery

9. Teaching (33-35)
The Psychologist in Clinical Training (PICT) should be able to:
33) Plan and prepare appropriately for both formal and informal teaching (consider the aims, the needs of participants, methods available, and the use of handouts and other teaching aids)
34) Facilitate the co-operative engagement of the training group (with the use of appropriate language, an awareness of responses from the training group and adaptation of content to a changing process)
35) Monitor effectiveness and utilise structured feedback mechanisms, as well as self-appraisal.

10. Personal and Professional development (36-40)
The Psychologist in Clinical Training (PICT) should be able to:
36) Demonstrate professional attitudes and behaviour (reliable, and responsible, open to learn, exhibiting an ethical framework for all aspects of the work)
37) Exhibit an active and continuous commitment to develop self knowledge and self awareness
38) Manage an appropriate case and workload (takes responsibility for this and is prepared to negotiate; is able to prioritise; demonstrates a developing ability to take on and plan work after general discussion recognises when further consultation is necessary and requests assistance when in difficulty)
39) Recognise and understand inherent power imbalances and how these may be minimised
40) Work effectively with difference and diversity in individuals’ lives

The competencies are similar across all the courses, another example can be found in the Sheffield course handbook: here

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Re: Core competencies

Post by bex4010 » Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:29 pm

The links are dead and a quick search of the BPS website didn't come up with anything but this document 'Standards for Doctoral programmes in Clinical Psychology' p.g. 9 refers to the nine core competencies: ... y_2014.pdf

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Re: Core competencies

Post by astra » Thu Jun 09, 2016 11:20 am

THanks Bex, it's a very old post and probably needs reviewing anyway.
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