Definition and assessment of competences in the context of the European Diploma in Psychology

  • Bartram D
  • Roe R
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The European Diploma in Psychology defines a common European standard for the competences required to practice as a psychologist. This paper describes how that standard was developed and defined, and why it was considered important to bring together the traditional input-based specification of professional competence, in terms of curriculum and training course content, with a more outcome-oriented approach that focuses on the competences that a professional psychologist needs to demonstrate in practice. The paper addresses three specific questions. What are the competences that a psychologist should possess? Are these competences the same for all areas of practice within professional psychology? How can these competences be assessed?

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  • Competences
  • European Diploma in Psychology
  • Occupational standards
  • Professional qualification
  • Professional training

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  • Dave Bartram

  • Robert A. Roe

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