Analysis of Behavioral Health Workforce Competencies Among Professions

Authors: Christian Vazquez, MSW | Phillip Singer, MHSA | Mary Ruffolo, PhD, LMSW | Brian Perron, PhD

Topics: Behavioral Health

Research Center: Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center

March 1, 2017

Behavioral health is among the fields that have developed professional competency statements to describe expected levels of knowledge, skills, and abilities for a specific area of practice. Professional competencies are important, as they establish standards and benchmarks that help inform curricula and advance the profession; however, little information is available about alignment of competency sets across the field of behavioral health.

This report identifies common competency sets used across the behavioral health workforce and assesses the alignment of competency statement content across behavioral health occupations.

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