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The Meaning and Role of Competence

What is the definition of competence? What role does competence play in professional practice?

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Competence from a psychological perspective refers to a practitioner's ability to provide a task or service. In other words, the person must be thoroughly trained and qualified to provide specific psychological services. The guiding principle associated with competence is that the practice cannot counsel with clients or provides services for which they have not had the proper education and/or training. However, competence involves more than skills and training. For example, in ...