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Acad Psychiatry. 2003 Fall;27(3):166-73.

Competency assessment in the McMaster Psychotherapy Program.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, McMaster University, St. Joseph's Hospital Fontbonne, F415 301 James St. South Hamilton, ON, Canada L8P 3B6.


In January 2001 the Residency Review Committee (RRC) mandated that all psychiatric training programs must demonstrate competency in five forms of psychotherapy. Assessing competency in psychotherapy is a complex and difficult task, with many conceptual and practical issues needing consideration before programs are implemented. Existing competency-based programs can offer some assistance to institutions struggling with this issue. This paper discusses competency assessment in the McMaster Psychotherapy Program, paying special attention to instruments used in the evaluation process. Preliminary results with respect to resident satisfaction with the Program and resident competency in certain therapies are also discussed.

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