THE MSPP PROGRAM CHAIR
the meeting on competency on May 1, 2005
six questions on competency are available below
Gluckstein Saxe, Ph.D.
part of the discussion/debate over possible further regulation of
the psychology profession through competency evaluation at the
time of licensing renewal, MSPP will be offering information in
the area of “competency” at its meeting of May 1, 2005. For
those interested in understanding what this is about and how it is
similar to and different from MCE, an abstract of the presentation
is offered below. Details of time, place, etc.,are under Programs
on mspp.net as does information about Ms. Brim.
speaker will be Melanie B. Brim, B.S., M.H.A., Director, Bureau of
Health Professions, Michigan Department of Community Health. Ms
Brim will be presenting general information on “Competency”
frameworks/models for regulating the professions, with emphasis on
a pilot project underway in the Department of Community Health in
Michigan. This initiative covers four of twenty professions whose
Boards are under her direction. Ms. Brim is meeting with members
of these professions for input from the professionals to be
regulated . Part of the meeting will be set aside for discussion
to garner our input.
Brim is circulating six questions about which she is seeking
answers from the professionals to be impacted by this regulatory
initiative. She would appreciate input sent directly to her. The
six questions and her address and e-mail address can be found
below. All psychologists are urged to participate. It is not
necessary to wait for the meeting before sending input.
PSYCHOLOGISTS/OTHER INTERESTED PROFESSIONALS
ARE INVITED TO
JOIN US AT THIS MEETING.
meeting offers us an unusual opportunity to participate in
developing the future of our profession.
most of these questions suggest that competency will be
implemented, we note that question #4 also suggests an interest in
feedback about the desirability of or need for further regulation
of psychology, whether in the form of demonstration of
“competency,” MCE, or any other alternative. In speaking with
Ms. Brim, she made it clear to me that the inclusion of psychology
in this pilot project came at the request of individuals from the
psychology profession not by initiative of The Department of
Community Health and that psychologists must turn to each
other for resolution of differences of opinion about this
Competency Questions for Psychologists
What is the definition of “competency” from a psychologist’s
As a psychologist, how do you know if someone is competent in his
or her particular field of psychology?
Why is there a need for continuing competency in the field of
Should continuing competency be mandatory for fully licensed and
limited license psychologists?
What key areas should be covered in continuing competency?
What’s the best approach to do continuing competency?
Director, Bureau of Health Professions
Fax: (517) 241-3082
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