Essential Knowledge and Competencies for Psychologists Working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units
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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.
KeywordsNICU Psychologist Competence Education Training
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Sage N. Saxton, Allison G. Dempsey, Tiffany Willis, Amy E. Baughcum, Lacy Chavis, Casey Hoffman, Celia J. Fulco, Cheryl A. Milford and Zina Steinberg declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.
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