A Deep Dive Into APA’s Profession-Wide Competencies

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Presented by Alyssa Gilden, PhD, LSSP

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The psychology training field has undergone many changes in the last two decades, including a major shift in accreditation requirements to the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology (SoA). All levels of psychology training now are required to provide training in the APA’s Profession Wide Competencies (PWCs). This training will cover the history of accreditation requirements as they relate to competencies, what the PWCs are and how to define them, how to evaluate competence in the PWCs, and much more.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the history of APA’s Profession Wide Competencies and how they came to be.
  • Define APA’s Profession Wide Competencies
  • Describe how to evaluate APA’s Profession Wide Competencies

Presented by Alyssa Gilden, PhD, LSSP

Dr. Alyssa Gilden is a licensed psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology in Austin, Texas. She has expertise in child and family therapy, assessment and intervention, educational psychology, policy, research and evaluation, and administrative psychology. She is passionate about improving mental health outcomes for children and families, particularly for underserved populations. Part of that passion is served via clinical work with children and families using an integrated modality for a range of presenting concerns. The other part of that passion is served as Senior Staff Consultant with Clover Educational Consulting Group. At Clover, Dr. Gilden has worked with training programs at all levels in nearly all 50 states towards program development, accreditation, and positive outcomes. She is passionate about supporting training programs, especially those in rural areas and serving underserved populations, in order to help develop a quality behavioral health workforce to increase access to quality behavioral health services.