Workforce Competencies in Behavioral Health: An Overview

  • Michael A. HogeEmail author
  • Manuel ParisJr.
  • Hoover AdgerJr.
  • Frank L. CollinsJr.
  • Cherry V. Finn
  • Larry Fricks
  • Kenneth J. Gill
  • Judith Haber
  • Marsali Hansen
  • D. J. Ida
  • Linda Kaplan
  • William F. Northey
  • Maria J. O’Connell
  • Anita L. Rosen
  • Zebulon Taintor
  • Janis Tondora
  • Alexander S. Young


Competency-based training approaches are being used more in healthcare to guide curriculum content and ensure accountability and outcomes in the educational process. This article provides an overview of the state of competency development in the field of behavioral health. Specifically, it identifies the groups and organizations that have conducted and supported this work, summarizes their progress in defining and assessing competencies, and discusses both the obstacles and future directions for such initiatives. A major purpose of this article is to provide a compendium of current competency efforts so that these might inform and enhance ongoing competency development in the varied behavioral health disciplines and specialties. These varied resources may also be useful in identifying the core competencies that are common to the multiple disciplines and specialties.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael A. Hoge
    • 1
    Email author
  • Manuel ParisJr.
    • 2
  • Hoover AdgerJr.
    • 3
  • Frank L. CollinsJr.
    • 4
  • Cherry V. Finn
    • 5
  • Larry Fricks
    • 6
  • Kenneth J. Gill
    • 7
  • Judith Haber
    • 8
  • Marsali Hansen
    • 9
  • D. J. Ida
    • 10
  • Linda Kaplan
    • 11
  • William F. Northey
    • 12
  • Maria J. O’Connell
    • 13
  • Anita L. Rosen
    • 14
  • Zebulon Taintor
    • 15
  • Janis Tondora
    • 16
  • Alexander S. Young
    • 17
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Professor of Psychology (in Psychiatry), Co-Chair of Annapolis CoalitionYale University School of Medicine, Behavioral Health Workforce EducationNew HavenUSA
  2. 2.Assistant Professor of Psychology (in Psychiatry)Yale University School of MedicineUSA
  3. 3.Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Adolescent MedicineJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital in BaltimoreUSA
  4. 4.Professor and Director of Clinical Training, past member of the Board of DirectorsOklahoma State University, The Council of University Directors of Clinical Training & the American Psychological Association’s Committee on AccreditationStillwaterUSA
  5. 5.Adult Mental Health Program ChiefGeorgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive DiseasesAtlantaUSA
  6. 6.Director of the Office of Consumer RelationsGeorgia Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive DiseasesAtlantaUSA
  7. 7.Professor and Founding Chair of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Behavioral Health Care, Vice PresidentUniversity of Medicine, Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Health Related Professions, Commission on Certification of Psychiatric Rehabilitation PractitionersScotch PlainsUSA
  8. 8.Professor and Director of the Master’s and Post-Master’s Programs in the Division of Nursing, Past Co-ChairNew York University, National Panel for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner CompetenciesNew YorkUSA
  9. 9.DirectorPennsylvania CASSP Training and Technical Assistance InstituteHarrisburgUSA
  10. 10.Executive Director, Fellow National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association, The Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership InstituteDenverUSA
  11. 11.CEO, past Executive DirectorGlobal KL, LLC, National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse CounselorsSilver SpringsUSA
  12. 12.Research Specialist, Principal InvestigatorAmerican Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, CSAT-sponsored Practice Research NetworkAlexandriaUSA
  13. 13.Associate Research Scientist, Department of PsychiatryYale University School of MedicineUSA
  14. 14.Director of Special Projects, Project ManagerCouncil on Social Work Education, John A. Hartford Foundation of New York City’s SAGE-SW Gerontology Initiative at CSWEAlexandriaUSA
  15. 15.Professor and Vice Chairman of PsychiatryNew York University School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  16. 16.Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology (in Psychiatry)Yale University School of MedicineUSA
  17. 17.Director, Associate Professor of PsychiatryVA Desert Pacific MIRECC Health Services Unit, UCLALos AngelesUSA

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