Title

Competence, capabilities and ethical practice

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

Cengage Learning

Place of Publication

Victoria Australia

Editor(s)

Morrisey, S., Reddy, P., Davidson, G. R., & Allan, A

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Arts and Humanities

RAS ID

20368

Comments

Originally published as: Garton, A. (2015). Competence, capabilities and ethical practice. In S. Morrissey, P. Reddy, G. R. Davidson & A. Allan (Eds.), Ethics and professional practice for psychologists (2nd ed., pp. 54-64). Victoria Australia : Cengage Learning.

Abstract

Competence to practice is regarded as fundamental for a professional psychologist. Competence generally captures the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to provide direct and professional services to human clients. The dictionary defines competence as 'ability; the state of being competent' and 'an area in which a person is competent; a skill'. Competent is defined as 'adequately qualified or capable' (The Australian Oxford Dictionary, 1999). There are also definitions of competence that are applicable in law. The dictionary therefore concurs with the commonly accepted description of an ability and skill.

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