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date: 01 October 2020

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Professionalism is a multifaceted construct, making it difficult to develop a consensus definition of the term. This lack of an agreed-upon definition poses challenges to the development of this competency in psychology education and training, as well as to its assessment. Despite these barriers, development of professionalism in psychology trainees serves a critical societal function. This chapter describes the construct of professionalism in professional psychology and in the broader health professions context. Attention is paid to effective strategies for assessing and teaching professionalism. Consideration is given to addressing trainees with competence problems that are manifested in the professionalism domain. Future directions are offered with regard to defining, assessing, and training for this competency.

Keywords: professionalism, competence, education, training, trainees with problems of professional competence

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