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Professional-Wide Competencies

Internship training focuses primarily on meeting the profession wide competencies laid out by the APA Standards of Accreditation (SoA). Generally, these competencies cover the intern performance in: direct patient services, ethical practice, utilization of research, interpersonal and professional presentation, provision and receipt of supervision, and interprofessional functioning within a wide population and a variety of clinical presentations. At the outset of clinical rotations, interns and supervisors meet to discuss and develop objectives for training based on individualized needs and interests, in relation to the SoA competencies. The nine specific competencies consist of:

  • Research
  • Ethical and legal standards
  • Individual and cultural diversity
  • Professional values, attitudes and behaviors
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Supervision
  • Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills

Program-Specific Competencies

 In addition to the foundation of clinical proficiency structured by the SoA, an important part of internship training involves program or organization specific competencies, which includes goals of leadership and organizational navigation, and patient advocacy and empowerment. These program specific competencies are referred to as:

  • Management
  • Advocacy