Program Goals, Objectives and Competencies

Clinical assessment and diagnosis

Goal #1:  Proficiency in clinical assessment and diagnosis

Objectives for Goal #1.1:

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

Competencies Expected for these Objectives #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 integrate clinical information from the client’s:  clinical observation, mental status, psychosocial history, psychological evaluations and other sources.

1.1.4   Assesses client risk and intervene appropriately.

1.1.5   Demonstrates skills in conceptualize/formulate cases, diagnosis (DSM-V), and the development of individualized treatment plans, treatment recommendations and intervention strategies.

Objectives for Goal #1.2:

1.2:  Demonstrates skills in psychometric and psychological evaluation

Competencies Expected for these Objectives #2:

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

1.2.2 Ability to interpret and integrate testing result in an evaluation written report. 

Clinical intervention

Goal 2:  Proficiency in clinical intervention

Objectives for Goal #2.1:

2.1 Applies skills in therapeutic interventions during the treatment process

Competencies Expected for these Objectives #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 problems.

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

2.1.4   Ability to conduct group therapy or Psychoeducational groups for the clients presenting problems.

2.1.5   Ability to conduct appropriate therapy termination including use of strategies to minimize return of symptoms.

Reflective practice, self-assessment, relationships, professional conduct, ethics and legal matters

Goal 3:  Proficiency in reflective practice, self-assessment, relationships, professional conduct, ethics and legal matters.

Objectives for Goal #3.1:

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

Competencies Expected for these Objectives #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. 

Objectives for Goal #3.2:

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

Competencies Expected for these Objectives #3.2:

3.2.1 Ability to effectively manage stress and competing demands.

3.2.2 Demonstrates administrative efficiency and time management.

Objectives for Goal #3.3:

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

Competencies expected for these objectives #3.3:

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

Objectives for Goal #3.4:

3.4. Applies interpersonal skills in a variety of settings

Competencies Expected for these Objectives #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.

Objectives for Goal #3.5:

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

Competencies Expected for these Objectives #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 integrate and implement supervisor’s feedback.

3.5.4 Demonstrates openness towards supervisor’s recommendations.

Objectives 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 these Objectives #3.6:

3.6.1 Demonstrates knowledge of ethical principles and laws.

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

 

Individual differences and cultural diversity

Goal 4:  Proficiency in clinical issues of individual differences and diversity

Objectives 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 these Objectives #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 self and others.

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

Life-long learning

Goal 5:  To foster professional identity as a psychologist that promotes a life-long commitment to learning.

Objectives for Goal #5.1:

5.1 Develops an ongoing commitment to continued learning.

Competencies Expected for these Objectives #5.1:

5.1.1 Demonstrates commitment to continued learning in psychotherapy.

5.1.2 Demonstrates commitment to continued learning in psychological evaluation.

5.1.3 Demonstrates commitment to continued learning in areas of clinical research, evidence base, consultation, supervision, and other areas of professional psychology.

5.1.4 Demonstrates skills in delivering didactic presentations and case presentations.

Consultation and community education

Goal 6:  Development of skills in consultation and community education.

Objectives for Goal #6.1:

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

Competencies Expected for these Objectives #6.1:

6.1.1 Ability to provide consulting 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.

Integration science and practice

Goal 7:  Development of skills in evaluating the applicability of research findings to clients and/or clinical assessment and intervention.

Objectives for Goal #7.1:

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

Competencies Expected for these Objectives #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.

Clinical Supervision Training

Goal 8:  Professional competency in providing clinical supervision to student in clinical practicum.

Objectives for Goal #8.1:

8.1. Applies professional skills in clinical supervision.

Competencies Expected for these Objectives #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 Ability to develop the supervisee practice specific clinical skills.

Clinical Supervision Training

Goal 8:  Professional competency in providing clinical supervision to student in clinical practicum.

Objectives for Goal #8.1:

8.1. Applies professional skills in clinical supervision.

Competencies Expected for these Objectives #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 Ability to develop the supervisee practice specific clinical skills.

San Juan location
151 Calle Tanca San Juan, PR 00901
Phone: (787) 725-6500 Fax: (787) 721-7187
Miami location
2173 NW 99th Avenue Miami, Florida 33172 Phone: (305) 593-1223 Fax: (305) 592-7930
Centro Mayaguez
56 Calle José De Diego, Mayagüez, P.R. 00680 Phone: (787) 838-7272 Fax: (787) 721-7187
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Commission for Independent Education