Title

Daunting task of pre-practicum education and training

Publication Date

2-2015

Abstract

There are high expectations placed on graduate students and the educators of these students in the prepracticum phase of clinical training to become health service psychologists. Many cognitive, affective, and personal skills and characteristics need to be evaluated and developed in this important early stage, and there is often relatively little time to assess and develop these skills in students prior to their first practicum placement. Additionally, it is difficult to address the variety of personal qualities and clinical skills that graduate students bring to the beginning of clinical training. While the task of preparing these students is daunting, the professional literature is lacking on assessment of students and strategies for training in this level of early preparation. This article articulates these concerns and introduces four articles in this issue that address prepracticum education and training.

Keywords

prepracticum; preparation for practicum.

Publication Title

Training and Education in Professional Psychology

Volume

9

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

4

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