Competency Requirements - Foundational & Functional
Foundational Competencies (8)
Demonstrating professional values and ethics as evidenced in behavior and comportment that reflect the values and ethics of psychology, integrity, and responsibility.
Practice conducted with personal and professional self-awareness and reflection; with awareness of competencies, with appropriate self-care.
Scientific Knowledge and Methods
Understanding of research, research methodology, techniques of data collection and analysis, biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, and development across the lifespan. Respect for scientifically derived knowledge.
Relate effectively and meaningfully with individuals, groups, and/or communities.
Individual and Cultural Diversity
Awareness, sensitivity, and skills in working professionally with diverse individuals, groups, and communities who represent various cultural and personal backgrounds and characteristics defined broadly and consistent with APA policy.
Ethical Legal Standards and Policy
Application of ethical concepts and awareness of legal issues regarding professional activities with individuals, groups, and organizations.
Knowledge of key issues and concepts in related disciplines. Identify and interact with professionals in multiple disciplines.
Demonstration of the capacity to integrate current research literature into clinical practice, research/evaluation, and other functional competency domains where applicable.
Functional Competencies (8)
Assessment and diagnosis of problems, capabilities, and issues associated with individuals, groups, and/or organizations.
Interventions designed to alleviate suffering and to promote the health and well-being of individuals, groups, and/or organizations.
The ability to provide expert guidance or professional assistance in response to a client’s needs or goals.
Generating research that contributes to the professional knowledge base and/or evaluates the effectiveness of various professional activities.
Supervision and training in the professional knowledge base and of evaluation of the effectiveness of various professional activities.
Providing instruction, disseminating knowledge, and evaluating the acquisition of knowledge and skill in professional psychology.
Manage the direct delivery of services and/or the administration of organizations, programs, or agencies in areas of professional psychology.
Actions targeting the impact of social, political, economic, or cultural factors to promote change at the individual (client), institutional, and system level.