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ERIC Number: EJ841026
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1960
Geropsychology Training in a Specialist Geropsychology Doctoral Program
Qualls, Sara Honn; Segal, Daniel L.; Benight, Charles C.; Kenny, Michael P.
Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, v25 n4 p21-40 2005
The first PhD specialty program in Geropsychology that launched in fall, 2004 at CU-Colorado Springs is described. Consistent with a scientist-practitioner model, the curriculum sequence builds systematically from basic to complex knowledge and skills across the domains of scientific psychology, research methodology, general clinical, geropsychology science, and clinical geropsychology. Practicum experiences also build skills in core clinical competencies needed by geropsychologists, including assessment, psychotherapy, neuropsychological evaluations, caregiver consultation and counseling, health psychology, and outreach/prevention. Research mentoring prepares students with the skills needed to conduct independent research useful to the clinical practice of geropsychology. Challenges faced in the process of developing the program include the development of a training clinic, balancing specialty and generalized training, building a specialty culture while maintaining faculty integration, attracting faculty and students during a start-up phase, and defining an identity within the field. The mental health services center that was launched to meet training needs while addressing a services niche in the community contributes substantially to the essence of this program, and is described in some detail. Future opportunities and challenges include program funding, heavy demands of specialty training on top of generalist training, maintaining congruence between expectations of clinical and non-clinical faculty, providing interdisciplinary experience, and expansion of practicum opportunities. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado