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NCJ Number: 201765 Find in a Library
Title: Child Maltreatment Training in Doctoral Programs in Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology: Where Do We Go From Here?
Journal: Child Maltreatment  Volume:8  Issue:3  Dated:August 2003  Pages:211-217
Author(s): Kelly M. Champion Ph.D.; Kimberly Shipman Ph.D.; Barbara L. Bonner Ph,D,; Lisa Hensley Ph.D.; Allison C. Howe Ph.D.
Date Published: August 2003
Page Count: 7
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the extent of child abuse training offered in the American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited clinical, counseling, and school psychology doctoral programs in 1992 and in 2001.
Abstract: Child abuse is consistently noted as having the potential to cause problematic emotional and behavioral sequelae in both children and adults. However, aside from some anecdotal evidence in a few psychology programs, little is known about the amount and type of training offered to psychology students about child abuse and neglect. As such, the authors examined 114 APA-accredited programs in both 1992 and 2001 to ascertain the training opportunities offered in the area of child maltreatment within doctoral course work, clinical practicum, and research. Information regarding the doctoral programs was provided by the training directors of the programs through a survey instrument. Findings revealed that few programs offered specific course work in child maltreatment; however, more than half of the programs covered child maltreatment within three or more other courses. Most programs also discussed child maltreatment in ethics or professional seminars. Only 20 percent of the programs in 1992 and 22 percent of the programs in 2001 reported offering practicum placements in settings serving individuals in treatment for problems related to child maltreatment. On the other hand, 60 percent of the programs in 1992 and 47 percent of the programs in 2001 reported considerable research activities in the area of child maltreatment. Despite these research opportunities, the authors concluded that doctoral training in child maltreatment falls short of the APA recommendations for minimal levels of competence. Recommendations include the development of interdisciplinary training and attention to essential competencies. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Behavioral science training
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child abuse detection; Child abuse training programs; Psychology; Training needs assessment; Training standards
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