Master’s-Level Psychological Assessment Competencies and Training

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The American Psychological Association is working toward the accreditation of master’s programs in health service psychology, in order to continue to grow the psychology workforce to address shortages of psychology providers and improve access to psychological care broadly. Included in this process is the ensuring of standards across all programs training students in school, clinical, counseling, and other related psychology specialties at the master’s level. Psychological assessment is one area of competency that needs delineating, both ensuring some consistency in training across programs and differentiating it from doctoral-level competency. Within the constraints of the generally shorter master’s-level programs and competition for training time by other areas of competency, but also balancing the need for high-quality psychological assessment services to be provided by these professionals once graduated and licensed, both defining the competencies and guiding the training models for psychological assessment within master’s programsmust be extremely thoughtful and deliberate. This article presents a model for defining the psychological assessment competency at the master’s level, as well as recommendations for training that emerge from the model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-279
Number of pages8
JournalTraining and Education in Professional Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2022


  • Competencies
  • Graduate education
  • Health service psychology
  • Master’s-level training
  • Psychological assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Psychology


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