I just got out of a meeting with Dr. Schmidt yesterday talking about one of our papers on training outcomes and it occurred to me that a summary of those projects is long overdue here. So here we go – how is PATS working to help train better clinicians and inform the field about outcome standards:
- We have a paper in review looking at the pedagogical practices of assessment training based on a review of syllabi from instructors all around the country. There are conceptual frameworks for what should happen (teaching knowledge, skills, and attitudes; Kaslow, 2018) but we wanted to know if this is happening and how students are achieving mastery of those domains?
- The national survey of graduate student trainees in HSP finished collection last summer and we are in the midst of a few papers from that. We have one out in review with a state of the field summary of training experiences in psychological assessment. We have another being presented in a few months at the Society for Personality Assessment about what factors (conceptually grouped as trainee characteristics, clinical experiences, or program traits) predict the intention to utilize psychological assessments in clinical practice. After those two we will be focusing on the third, and last, part of that project – performance based benchmarks
- After a survey of training directors at APPIC internship sites, we are finalizing two manuscripts giving a (much needed) update to what internship sites find important. The first evaluates the different elements of the APPIC on a numeric system and compares across different site types what matters to get an interview, and then what matters in terms of ranking order once they interview. The second paper is a qualitative analysis of what ‘fit’ is so that trainees can understand what they actually need to be describing when they write letters and personal statements.
It should be a big year for training.