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Tempe Summit



APA Division TempeSummit, March 1-2, 2007


Thursday, March 1



1:00-2:00 PM

Welcome and introduction of summit goals and the competency matrix model (Masters/France); Presidential Introduction (Kerns); History of training in clinical health psychology (Belar - 30 min)

Kevin Masters; Chris France; Bob Kerns; Cynthia Belar

2:00-5:00 PM

(with breaks)

Subgroups 1) discuss competencies expected of a well-trained, entry-level clinical health psychologist, and 2) develop a broad/general outline on how to achieve functional and foundational competencies

Subgroup leaders


5:00-6:00 PM


Subgroup presentations (4x15min)

Subgroup leaders

6:00-7:00 PM



7:00-9:00 PM

Full group discussion and subsequent revisions as needed.  The primary goal is a written statement from each subgroup that describes the issues and notes topics that require additional investigation or input in preparation for the larger meeting with all interested stakeholders. 


Friday, March 2



8:00-9:00 AM

Breakfast with overview of the motivating forces behind the re-establishment of an active training council in clinical health psychology

Bev Thorn


Group discussion on how to proceed with council formation.  The primary goal is to identify a steering committee to 1) develop By-Laws, 2) plan a Mid-Winter meeting, and, potentially, 3) investigate issues of accreditation.

Bev Thorn; Bob Kerns


Subgroup Goals:

It is proposed that the subgroups organize their discussions and presentations around the competency development model.  Specifically, using the Functional X Foundational Competency Matrix [please see attached Rodolfa et al. 2005 paper for details*], we will engage in three subgroup discussions.  The task within each group will be to discuss the competencies (i.e., knowledge, skills, and values) that are to be expected of a well-trained, entry-level clinical health psychologist.  The goal is not to suggest a specific curriculum, but rather to provide a broad and general outline as to how functional and foundational competencies might be achieved in the context of the specialty of clinical health psychology.  The intended product of the summit process will be the development of a document to be presented for discussion at a subsequent, larger meeting of all interested stakeholders.  Specifically, it is expected that each group will use the subgroup discussions, and subsequent larger group discussion, to arrive at a 2-5 page written summary that describes the competencies within their assigned cells of the matrix.


Subgroup Process and Members:

Each subgroup will be assigned two functional competency domains and will consider each of the six foundational competency domains as they relate to the development of these functional competencies.  Specific foundational competencies include: 1) reflective practice self-assessment, 2) scientific knowledge-methods, 3) relationships, 4) ethical-legal standards-policy, 5) individual-cultural diversity, and 6) interdisciplinary systems.



Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Functional competencies

1) Assessment-diagnosis-case conceptualization

2) Intervention


3) Consultation

4) Research-evaluation


5) Supervision-teaching

6) Management-administration


Group members

Larkin, Kevin (chair)

Coons, Helen

Thorn, Bev

Perry, Nate

Tovian, Steve

Myers, Hector

Stern, Marilyn


Smith, Tim (chair)

Saab, Pat

Kamarck, Tom

France, Chris

Suchday, Sonia

Masters, Kevin

Klonoff, Elizabeth (chair)

Belar, Cynthia

Bennett-Johnson, Suzanne

James, Larry

Kerns, Bob

Davis, Mary

Milby, Jesse