GOALS OF THE INTERNSHIP

Goal I: Preparing professional psychologists to support quality primary care in integrated approaches to health care issues.

Objective 1: To develop in psychology interns general proficiency in clinical assessment and intervention.

Sub-Objective 1: To train interns in a broad range of empirically supported assessment strategies.

  1. Diagnostic Interviewing
  2. Psychological Testing

Sub-Objective 2: To train interns to become proficient in the implementation of a broad range of interventions, with an emphasis on empirically supported treatments.

Sub-Objective 3: To train interns to become proficient in the implementation of interventions with a broad range of patient populations.

Objective 2: To develop in psychology interns specific proficiencies in providing clinical assessment and treatment in integrated approaches to health care issues.

Sub-Objective 1: To train Interns in consultation assessment strategies in medical contexts.

Sub-Objective 2: To train psychology interns to function effectively in interdisciplinary teams.

Sub-Objective 3: To training Interns to apply treatment strategies in medical settings.

Goal II: Preparing professional psychologists who have experience with and interest in serving in mental health and medically underserved populations and areas.

Objective 1: To provide psychology interns with practicum experiences involving patients from mental health and medically underserved populations and areas.

Objective 2: To provide psychology interns with educational/didactic experiences involving consumers and providers from mental health and medically underserved populations and areas.

Goal III: Preparing professional psychologists that stay abreast of evidence-based practices. (Develop the Attitudes of Empiricism and Reflection in Clinical Practice)

Objective 1:   To train interns to systematically gather and integrate research data, idiographic patient data, idiographic clinician data, and nomothetic and idiographic cultural data for the purpose of clinical assessment and treatment.

Objective 2:   To train interns to routinize reflective processes in their clinical practice. These reflective processes include the critical thinking inherent in scientific experimentation, habits of reflection outside of direct clinical practice, and the capacity to reflect while in action.

Objective 3:   To continue the development of intern research skills and thinking through the ongoing participation in a research-scholarship project.

Goal IV: Preparing professional psychologists who aspire to cultural competence in their practice.

Objective 1:   To train interns to be culturally competent.

Goal V: Cultivating a professional identity in professional psychologists.

Objective 1: To train interns to maintain an awareness of the ethical standards of the profession of psychology.

Objective 2: To train interns to constructively participate in the ongoing professional development of themselves and their colleagues. 

Objective 3: To train interns to develop and execute lifelong learning through ongoing self-evaluation, effective use of supervision and consultation and continuous pursuit of knowledge and skills pertinent to the practice of professional psychology.

Goal VI:  Preparing professional psychologists to practice recovery-oriented care that places the emphasis on recovery as a restoration of individuals to meaningful lives regardless of the ongoing presence of mental illness.  

Objective 1: To train interns to understand and apply recovery-oriented care processes in their clinical services.