Competent Poverty Training
Article first published online: 20 DEC 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 69, Issue 2, pages 172–181, February 2013
How to Cite
Stabb, S. D. and Reimers, F. A. (2013), Competent Poverty Training. J. Clin. Psychol., 69: 172–181. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21956
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 20 DEC 2012
Despite numerous calls to the discipline, attention to poverty and social class remains minimal in psychology even though most human experience is significantly affected by social ranking. As a result, educators lack models for training in the context of poverty. Recent and concerted efforts to define and implement competency-based models for the practice of professional psychology have resulted in the creation of Competency Benchmarks (American Psychological Association, 2011). Here, these Competency Benchmarks frame the integration of best practices in working with poor and working-class clients with what we know about what constitutes good training. The result is a competency-based approach for those who are training psychologists-to-be to work effectively with economically challenged clients.