Official Position of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN): Guidelines for Practicum Training in Clinical Neuropsychology

Aaron P. Nelson, Brad L. Roper, Beth S. Slomine, Chris Morrison, Michael R. Greher, Jennifer Janusz, Jennifer C. Larson, Mary Ellen Meadows, Rebecca E. Ready, Monica Rivera Mindt, Doug M. Whiteside, Kim Willment, Thomas R. Wodushek

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Abstract

Practical experience is central to the education and training of neuropsychologists, beginning in graduate school and extending through postdoctoral fellowship. However, historically, little attention has been given to the structure and requirements of practicum training in clinical neuropsychology. A working group of senior-level neuropsychologists, as well as a current postdoctoral fellow, all from a diverse range of settings (The AACN Practicum Guidelines Workgroup), was formed to propose guidelines for practicum training in clinical neuropsychology. The Workgroup reviewed relevant literature and sought input from professional organizations involved in education and training in neuropsychology. The proposed guidelines provide a definition of practicum training in clinical neuropsychology, detail entry and exit criteria across competencies relevant to practicum training in clinical neuropsychology, and discuss the relationship between doctoral training programs and practicum training sites. The proposed guidelines also provide a methodology for competency-based evaluation of clinical neuropsychology practicum trainees and outline characteristics and features that are integral to an effective training environment. Although the guidelines discussed below may not be implemented in their entirety across all clinical neuropsychology practicum training sites, they are consistent with the latest developments in competency-based education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)879-904
Number of pages26
JournalClinical Neuropsychologist
Volume29
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 3 2015

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Keywords

  • Clinical neuropsychology
  • Competencies
  • Guidelines
  • Practicum
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Nelson, A. P., Roper, B. L., Slomine, B. S., Morrison, C., Greher, M. R., Janusz, J., Larson, J. C., Meadows, M. E., Ready, R. E., Rivera Mindt, M., Whiteside, D. M., Willment, K., & Wodushek, T. R. (2015). Official Position of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN): Guidelines for Practicum Training in Clinical Neuropsychology. Clinical Neuropsychologist, 29(7), 879-904. https://doi.org/10.1080/13854046.2015.1117658