Introducing the North American Association of Practicum Sites in Neuropsychology (NAPSN): development of a new organization devoted to facilitating high quality practicum training

Douglas M. Whiteside, Alissa M. Butts, Erin Holker, Carly R. Anderson, Christine Koterba, Suzanne Penna

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Abstract

Introduction: In February 2023, a work group began to develop a new North American organization in neuropsychology to represent and support practicum-training sites. While other training-focused organizations such as the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) and the Association of Internship Training in Clinical Neuropsychology (AITCN) have existed for many years, no organization exists to promote and support practicum level training outside of doctoral degree programs. The work group developed such an organization, subsequently named the North American Association of Practicum Sites in Neuropsychology (NAPSN), beginning with a mission statement and general purpose of the organization. Methods: The work group divided members into five task forces focused on various tasks needed to start the organization, including Mission/Vision, Administrative Structure, Membership, Financials, and Bylaws. The entire work group met monthly with additional meetings and work via email for the various task forces, which resulted in the development of a mission statement and bylaws, as well as a framework for program administration, membership requirements and financial needs. Conclusions: The group developed NAPSN primarily as a resource to support diverse practicum programs in urban, suburban, and rural areas in the US and Canada to provide optimal graduate level clinical training in neuropsychology. Didactics aimed specifically at practicum students was one need identified early in the process. NAPSN is developing a website-based resource in collaboration with other training organizations to increase the didactic offerings to practicum students. Other initiatives and collaborative efforts will be undertaken over time as circumstances warrant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalClinical Neuropsychologist
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

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Keywords

  • didactics
  • neuropsychology
  • Practicum
  • program development
  • training

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Review

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