Mission

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The internship follows a clinical science model of training and is intended for those individuals whose training and interests emphasize the application of scientific principles within clinical psychology. Our educational mission emphasizes evidence-informed approaches to clinical care. Our goal is to provide our interns with a comprehensive training experience that will enable them to become highly effective clinicians. The primary training method is experiential with conscientious attention to didactic exposure, mentoring, modeling and supervisory/consultative guidance. Clinical experiences are structured in order to achieve a balance between ongoing activities throughout the internship year (e.g., outpatient psychotherapy) and activities that change according to predictable time frames (e.g., 6 month elective experiences). All clinical activities are carefully supervised according to the required needs and desires of the individual intern. Special attention is given to training in and provision of evidence-based practice in all training activities. Professional and ethical conduct as well as the highest standards for quality of care are also highly emphasized. Our training competencies are:

1. Competence in Professional and Ethical Practices of Psychology

  1. Professional interpersonal behavior
  2. Seeks consultation/supervision
  3. Uses positive coping strategies
  4. Professional responsibility and documentation
  5. Efficiency and time management
  6. Knowledge of ethics and law
  7. Administrative competency

2. Competence in Individual, Cultural, and Ethnic Diversity

  1. Patient rapport
  2. Sensitivity to patient diversity
  3. Awareness of own cultural and ethnic background

3. Competence in Theories and Methods of Psychological Assessment

  1. Diagnostic skill
  2. Psychological test selection and administration
  3. Psychological test interpretation
  4. Assessment writing skills
  5. Feedback regarding assessment

4. Competence in Theories and Methods of Effective Psychotherapeutic Intervention

  1. Patient risk management and confidentiality
  2. Case conceptualization and treatment goals
  3. Therapeutic interventions
  4. Effective use of emotional reactions in therapy
  5. Group therapy skills and preparation

5. Competence in Scholarly Inquiry

  1. Current Scientific Knowledge
  2. Develops and implements evaluation plan

6. Competence in Professional Consultation

  1. Consultation assessment
  2. Consultative guidance

7. Competence in Supervisory Skills