Essential Knowledge and Competencies for Psychologists Working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Sage N. Saxton, Allison G. Dempsey, Tiffany Willis, Amy E. Baughcum, Lacy Chavis, Casey Hoffman, Celia J. Fulco, Cheryl A. Milford, Zina Steinberg

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Abstract

A training and competencies workgroup was created with the goal of identifying guidelines for essential knowledge and skills of psychologists working in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) settings. This manuscript reviews the aspirational model of the knowledge and skills of psychologists working in NICUs across six clusters: Science, Systems, Professionalism, Relationships, Application, and Education. The purpose of these guidelines is to identify key competencies that direct the practice of neonatal psychologists, with the goal of informing the training of future neonatal psychologists. Neonatal psychologists need specialized training that goes beyond the basic competencies of a psychologist and includes a wide range of learning across multiple domains, such as perinatal mental health, family-centered care, and infant development. Achieving competency will enable the novice neonatal psychologist to successfully transition into a highly complex, medical, fast-paced, often changing environment, and ultimately provide the best care for their young patients and families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)830-841
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020

Keywords

  • Competence
  • Education
  • NICU
  • Psychologist
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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