What is it about?

Although there have been momentous and critical advancements in serious mental illness (SMI) psychology doctoral training models and competencies, there is still much systemic change needed to increase access to evidence-based SMI training for psychologists. As trainees and trainers committed to careers in SMI, the contributors aimed to identify barriers and facilitators throughout each stage of the SMI doctoral training pathway, including pre-graduate school, graduate school, and internship to reflect critically on systemic issues that have impeded trainees from accessing the appropriate tools for SMI training.

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Why is it important?

This conceptual paper highlights the critical importance of including doctoral trainee stakeholders in understanding needs for training reform in the serious mental illness field of psychological science.


Writing this article with such a talented team of people across all stages of training was such an incredible experience. Not only did I learn more about people's personal doctoral training journeys, but I also had the chance to communicate and brainstorm ideas for future recommendations in the hopes of realizing true change in the serious mental illness field. I hope researchers, academics, and students find this article to be helpful in their own training.

Katrina Rbeiz
Vanderbilt University

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This page is a summary of: Exploring trainee perspectives on barriers and facilitators in serious mental illness doctoral training., Psychological Services, March 2024, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/ser0000853.
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