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date: 18 September 2020

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Addressing trainees with problems of professional competence (PPC) has long been a challenge for those responsible for education and training in professional psychology. Although few in numbers, trainers regularly report occurrences of trainees with PPC, and have often acknowledged failure to adequately remediate or dismiss them. Over the past 15 years or so, great progress has been made in addressing PPC, and there is a growing conceptual and empirical literature including contributions from other professions (e.g., counseling, social work and medicine). This chapter addresses the developments, current knowledge, and resources to assist trainers in professional psychology in the identification, remediation, and/or dismissal of trainees with PPC. It describes two major areas of progress: (a) understanding PPC within the evolving culture of competency, and (b) conceptualizing the individual trainee with PPC as located within a larger training ecology/system. Next it shifts our focus to improvements in remediation and then the boundaries between what is personal and what is professional. It identifies four areas in which trainers are not in agreement about the uses of personal information in decisions during identification, remediation, or dismissal, paying particular attention to the challenges of remediation. It ends with recommendations to improve the management of trainees with PPC, the training environment, and professional psychology education and training at the national level.

Keywords: professional competence problems, professional competence, education and training, impairment

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