Fitness to Practice in the profession of psychology: Should we assess this during clinical training?

Sofronoff, Kate, Helmes, Edward and Pachana, Nancy (2011) Fitness to Practice in the profession of psychology: Should we assess this during clinical training?. Australian Psychologist, 46 2: 126-132. doi:10.1111/j.1742-9544.2011.00031.x


Author Sofronoff, Kate
Helmes, Edward
Pachana, Nancy
Title Fitness to Practice in the profession of psychology: Should we assess this during clinical training?
Journal name Australian Psychologist   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0005-0067
1742-9544
Publication date 2011-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1742-9544.2011.00031.x
Volume 46
Issue 2
Start page 126
End page 132
Total pages 7
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Assessment of Fitness to Practice (FTP) within clinical psychology training programmes requires balancing the individual's right to pursue their vocation of interest and the rights of others with whom that person comes in contact. The past decade has seen international growth in policies related to formal FTP assessment built into tertiary health care training programmes leading to professional qualifications. Australian clinical psychology training programs are part of this movement; several programmes have such policies in place, and others are constructing them or considering adopting them, but opinions on the matter vary. We draw data on FTP policies from a survey of 35 clinical psychology programmes in Australia and provide discussion of the central issues raised by consideration of such a policy. Both clinical directors and clinical student trainees identified students who persist in wanting to pursue training despite grave difficulties coping with the non-academic aspects of learning to effectively treat clients as a major concern. There is a need for discussion and debate about FTP policies within the profession in order to determine the best way to move forward in this area.
Keyword Clinical psychology
Clinical training
Fitness to Practice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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