Collaborations—between students, faculty, and departments, and with the world at large—are the compass rose at Antioch University New England.
This philosophy was reflected in a recent regional Massachusetts Psychological Association conference chaired by Dr. Lorraine Mangione, professor and practica director in the Department of Clinical Psychology at ANE. The one-day conference, “New training, competency, and accreditation initiatives: enhancing collaboration between academic and clinical training,” held at the May School in Randolph, Massachusetts, brought together graduate students, practicum and internship directors, representatives from academic programs, and practitioners from throughout New England to examine and formulate new directions in the ways aspiring psychologists are trained, mentored, and evaluated.
During the lively all-day event, some of the issues examined were how to approach a student who doesn’t have the “people skills” needed to be a psychologist; ways to enhance supervisory skills; addressing funding dilemmas; and how to revise and establish benchmarks that will assure the competency of psychologists-in-training.
Two Department of Clinical Psychology faculty were among the morning plenary speakers. Professor and chair Dr. Roger Peterson’s paper, “Speculations on Implications for Clinical Training,” examined benchmarks for competency evaluation and offered ideas on the changes occurring in training. Professor and associate chair, Dr. Kathi Borden, spoke about the importance of clear definitions on what constitutes competency in her paper, “What’s competency got to do with it?”
In the spirit of collaboration, third-year doctoral student Wendy Vincent and Dr. Mangione wrote an overview of the MPA training conference which appeared at www.masspsych.org.
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