Developing Interprofessional Competencies in Professional Psychology

Olga Heath and Maxine Holmqvist

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Interprofessional collaboration is an expectation for practicing psychologists, yet few psychologists are trained in collaboration competencies. Drawing from the literature, this book presents a model for incorporating interprofessional education (IPE) into graduate training programs and continuing education for professional psychology.

There are separate chapters for each stage of professional development focused on different learning environments, including classroom settings, practica and internship, and postregistration psychology practice, with specific activities for use with students and supervisees or in practice. Each chapter has corresponding suggestions for learner assessment and program evaluation, making this an indispensable resource for training programs, supervisors, and practicing psychologists.

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Olga Heath

Olga Heath is a registered psychologist and director of the Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education at Memorial University. She worked as a clinical psychologist and professional practice consultant for over 20 years before taking a university position in interprofessional education. She is an associate professor holding a joint appointment with the Counselling Centre and Faculty of Medicine. She has been involved in IPE research and education, with particular emphasis on practice-related initiatives for 11 years.

Maxine Holmqvist

Maxine Holmqvist received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Saskatchewan, where she was a founding member of the Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health, a student-run interprofessional health clinic. Her research interests include psychological influences on health behavior, innovative methods of health care delivery, and IPE and collaborative care. Clinically, she works in hospital and community settings.