Competency Survey Results

A Word of Introduction to the Competency Survey Results

The material presented here is the result of the National Survey of CAPPE/ACPEP members about the Validation of Competencies. What we said was whether a particular competency was something we did and whether we thought it was important to our work as spiritual care professionals – at both a generic and a specialist level. The material was analyzed by David Cane and presented to the BC Region at their AGM in October, 2008. He provided an overview of statutory regulation in Canada as it affects the mental-health related professions and a summary of the results of the national survey. You will find this information in his presentation Powerpoint, one of which has timing cues if you want to show it to others. In the other presentation, these timing cues have been removed.

David was asked to put together demographic information so we can see, at a glance, from whom and from where we are getting responses. This is the CAPPE Demographics file. David was also asked to group the responses by membership category. That is why there are files that show responses from Certified, Associate, Student and Retired members. (And because BC and Ontario were ready to use the data for their own college development, there are files for each of those regions reporting how the members in their regions responded.)

Each competency is validated by importance and frequency; that is why there are two frequency tables for each question. David said that a 66% or 2/3 validation rate is used to determine if a competency is validated. You will see these rates reflected in the tables and, depending on the validation rate, the Commissions can set their priorities and decide which competencies should be included in a basic teaching and advanced curriculum. Validation rates did not reach 66% for the competencies within the research area. Please see the file titled “Additional Analysis” to see other comments from David about how to interpret the data, particularly about the way in which the number of respondents affects the way the data can or cannot be interpreted. There is a terrific amount of data generated from the survey (most of these files use also 150 pages to print so please consider the environment before printing out these results!). It is up to CAPPE leadership to review the survey data and to decide what it means for determining practice competencies and education curriculum and how this may be reflected in the certification requirements.

The bottom line for the survey results is that, broadly speaking, both generic and spiritual care competencies were strongly validated by the membership across Canada. This statement is found on slide 32 of David’s presentation with exceptions noted. IF THERE is/are a person(s) who would take on the project of determining which competencies were validated with a minimum response rate of 66%, it would be helpful to all of us as many of us are not proficient with statistics. IF YOU would take on this project, please contact:

Doug Kellough, Chair
Professional Practice Commission