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p. 463. Tools of the tradelocked

  • Susan Llewelyn
  •  and Katie Aafjes-van Doorn

Abstract

Clinical psychologists have a set of competencies, rather like tools in a toolbox, which they learn during training and then develop further throughout their professional careers. ‘Tools of the trade’ describes these tools in turn: assessment, formulation, intervention, research and evaluation, consultation, supervision, teaching/education, and leadership/management. Depending on the task, clinical psychologists might use these tools directly, for example when working as therapists, or indirectly, when working as educators, researchers, managers, or supervisors. Although none of these competencies are unique to clinical psychologists, it is the systematic and in-depth use of this comprehensive set of competencies, which characterizes clinical psychology.

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