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Adm Policy Ment Health. 2005 May-Jul;32(5-6):563-92.

Best practices for assessing competence and performance of the behavioral health workforce.

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Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, 808 South Wood Street (MC591), Chicago, IL 60612, USA.


The need for mechanisms to assess the competence and performance of the behavioral health workforce has received increasing attention. This article reviews strategies used in general medicine and other disciplines for assessing trainees and practitioners. The possibilities and limitations of various approaches are reviewed, and the implications for behavioral health are addressed. A conceptual model of competence is presented, and practical applications of this model are reviewed. Finally, guidelines are proposed for building competency assessment protocols for behavioral health.

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