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date: 17 October 2019

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Competency-based education and training in professional psychology focuses on ensuring that students develop specific competencies in their doctoral education, including practicum and internship. This has been termed moving to a “culture of competence” (Roberts, Borden, Christiansen, & Lopez, 2005), and actually has been comprised of several initiatives over the past decade. This article will discuss those various initiatives; the context for competency-based models in other professions and at other levels (e.g., undergraduate and master’s programs) in psychology, and will present the most recent competency-based models in professional psychology. The article ends with recommendations and perspectives on future challenges.

Keywords: competency models, competency-based education, training in professional psychology, competency initiatives, doctoral education

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