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Program Goals, Objectives and Competencies

Program Goals, Objectives and Competencies

Objective for Goal #1.1:

1.1. Applies clinical skills during the intake interview, clinical assessment, conceptualization, clinical diagnosis, and treatment plan.

Competencies Expected for Objective #1.1:

1.1.1 Demonstrates successful initial and follow-up interviewing skills with individuals, couples, and families in order to assess mental status.

1.1.2 Applies knowledge on clinical observation; this will help improve reasonable statements about the clients’ affect, flow of thought, general mental status, and quality of speech.

1.1.3 Conducts a clinical interview and integrates clinical information from the client’s clinical observation, mental status, psychosocial history, psychological evaluations, and other sources.

1.1.4 Assesses client risk and intervenes appropriately.

1.1.5 Demonstrates skills in case conceptualization or formulation, diagnosis (DSM-V), and the development of individualized treatment plans, treatment recommendations, and intervention strategies.

Objective for Goal #1.2:

1.2: Demonstrates skills in psychometric and psychological evaluation.

Competencies Expected for Objective #1.2:

1.2.1. Demonstrates competency in selecting appropriate methods to manage and evaluate the client.

1.2.2 Ability to interpret and integrate testing results in a written evaluation report.

Objective for Goal #2.1:

2.1 Applies skills in therapeutic interventions during the treatment process.

Competencies Expected for Objective #2.1:

2.1.1   Ability to conduct individual therapy according to conceptualizations, diagnosis, and treatment plans.

2.1.2   Ability to conduct family therapy for the families presenting issues.

2.1.3   Ability to conduct couples therapy for the couples presenting issues.

2.1.4   Ability to conduct group therapy or psychoeducational groups for the clients presenting issues.

2.1.5   Ability to conduct appropriate therapy termination, including use of strategies to minimize relapse.

Objectives for Goal #3.1:

3.1. Demonstrates professional conduct in reflective practice and self-assessment.

Competencies Expected for Objective #3.1:

3.1.1 Demonstrates skills in identifying professional strengths and limitations.

3.1.2 Demonstrates personal and professional awareness of own strengths, limitations, and areas of growth as a clinician.

Objective for Goal #3.2:

3.2. Applies positive coping strategies with personal and professional stressors and challenges.

Competencies Expected for Objective #3.2:

3.2.1 Ability to effectively manage stress and competing demands.

3.2.2 Demonstrates administrative efficiency and time management.

Objective for Goal #3.3:

3.3. Develops professional responsibility and documentation skills in a variety of settings.

Competencies expected for Objective #3.3:

3.3.1 Demonstrates responsibility and documentation skills with clinical site and Internship Program.

Objective for Goal #3.4:

3.4. Applies interpersonal skills in a variety of settings.

Competencies Expected for Objective #3.4:

3.4.1 Ability to effectively work in multidisciplinary teams.

3.4.2 Demonstrates skills in developing and maintaining an effective professional relationship with clients, peers, faculty, supervisor(s), supervisee(s), and administrative staff.

Objective for Goal #3.5:

3.5. Applies skills in developing and maintaining a professional relationship with the supervisor(s).

Competencies Expected for Objective #3.5:

3.5.1 Ability to seek consultation or supervision as needed and uses it productively.

3.5.2 Demonstrates skills in developing and maintaining a professional relationship with the supervisor(s).

3.5.3 Appropriately integrates and implements the supervisor’s feedback.

3.5.4 Demonstrates openness towards the supervisor’s recommendations.

Objective for Goal #3.6:

3.6. Applies knowledge of the federal and local laws and ethical codes directly related to clinical and research practice in Puerto Rico and the United States.

Competencies Expected for Objective #3.6:

3.6.1 Demonstrates knowledge of ethical principles and laws.

3.6.2 Demonstrates skills in applying ethical principles and applicable laws in clinical site and scientific research.

Objective for Goal #4.1:

4.1 Applies skills in psychological assessment and intervention with populations of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds, gender, and lifestyles.

Competencies Expected for Objective #4.1:

4.1.1 Ability to establish rapport with clients with different cultural and diverse backgrounds.

4.1.2 Ability to incorporate knowledge of diversity in case conceptualization.

4.1.3 Demonstrates knowledge of different cultural dimensions and its potential influences on the self and others.

4.1.4 Ability to implement psychological assessment and interventions for diverse populations.

5.1 Develops an ongoing commitment to continuing education.

Competencies Expected for Objective #5.1:

5.1.1 Demonstrates commitment to continuing education in psychotherapy.

5.1.2 Demonstrates commitment to continuing education in psychological evaluation.

5.1.3 Demonstrates commitment to continuing education in areas of clinical research, evidence-based practice, consultation, supervision, and other areas of professional psychology.

5.1.4 Demonstrates skills in delivering didactic presentations and case presentations.

Objective for Goal #6.1:

6.1. Applies professional skills in consultation and community education for diverse populations and different settings.

Competencies Expected for Objective #6.1:

6.1.1 Ability to provide consultation to mental health professionals, teachers, agencies, schools, parents, and others.

6.2.2 Ability to provide community education to mental health professionals, teachers, agencies, schools, parents, and others.

Objective for Goal #7.1:

7.1 Evaluates and applies scholarly literature related to clinical assessment and intervention.

Competencies Expected for Objective #7.1:

7.1.1 Evaluates interventions and their effectiveness in clinical practice.

7.1.2 Applies evidence-based practice concepts in conceptualization, treatment planning, and interventions.

Objective for Goal #8.1:

8.1. Applies professional skills in clinical supervision.

Competencies Expected for Objective #8.1:

8.1.1 Develops structured supervisory training goals in collaboration with supervisees through a supervisory contract.

8.1.2 Ability to implement techniques for evaluation in supervision:  observation during group supervision, review of written clinical work, role play, student’s self-report, audiotape, videotape, and direct observation (live).

8.1.3 Ability to conduct supervision in individual and group formats.

8.1.4 Encourages supervisees to practice specific clinical skills.

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