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Psychology interns work with the training committee to develop their training plans for the year at the outset of the internship.

Internship training focuses primarily on competent assessment, effective intervention and efficient communication 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 addition to basic core competencies.

Basic competency objectives in this line of training include:

  • Assessing and treating patients whose primary area of clinical attention involves a primary health concern rather than a mental health diagnoses
  • Assessing and treating patients with various short-term intervention models
  • Assessing and treating patients with a primary mental health diagnosis using empirically based treatment models.
  • Completing comprehensive psychological and/or neuropsychological evaluations for patients for a variety of medical diagnoses.
  • Assessing and treating patients of various backgrounds, including those of different socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation and age
  • Making clinical case presentations that outlines the intern’s clinical versatility in patient interventions and guidelines on how to consult with other members of the interdisciplinary team
  • Demonstrate skills in conducting clinically based and relevant research

In addition to the basic foundation of clinical proficiency, an important part of internship training involves professional development and growth, which includes goals such as:

  • Navigating the transition in professional identity from student to practitioner
  • Methods for successfully working within an interdisciplinary setting
  • Learning the basics of program development in order to adapt with the constant advancement of the medical field
  • Participation in departmental meetings and administrative activities
  • Exposure to current and developing issues within the field of psychology as well as standards such as licensure and regulatory issues