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The Clinical Skills Inventory (CSI), an instrument designed to evaluate clinical skills acquired by students over the course of training in a doctoral clinical psychology program, is described. Uses of the CSI are: (1) an advising tool by faculty and students to determine individualized learning objectives and to plan training activities and (2) an outcome measure of training activities to enable programs to measure progress toward expected skills acquisition at specified developmental points and to document the degree to which students achieve competence. The CSI assesses outcome competencies on five dimensions: (1) integration of practice with theory and research; (2) psychological assessment; (3) intervention; (4) ethical and professional values; and (5) personal development. The relationship of these dimensions to American Psychological Association criteria for adequate practicum training is specified. Method of rating is discussed. CSI assumes that clinical skill acquisition is developmental in nature. Following completion of practicum training, CSI ratings can be reviewed by the Clinical Training Director to determine a student's readiness to apply for internship. Students may be evaluated on the CSI during or upon completion of the internship with the criterion level of four on all items to be eligible for graduation. CSI represents an important first step in developing outcome-based criteria for clinical skills assessment. A sample of one CSI item is appended. (EMK)

Descriptors: Clinical Experience, Clinical Psychology, Clinical Teaching (Health Professions), Curriculum Based Assessment, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Outcomes of Education, Student Evaluation, Vocational Evaluation

Author: Giannetti, Ronald A.; Radecki-Bush, Catherine; Hansen, Nancy D.; Bush, Joseph, P.


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