Program Goals and Competencies
To increase interns' expertise and experience in clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment to an intermediate to advanced level. Specifically, by the conclusion of internship, interns will demonstrate the ability to:
- Competency 1a: effectively utilize assessment procedures, including interview and other standardized assessment procedures.
- Competency 1b: monitor treatment efficacy using evidence-based methods.
- Competency 1c: forge therapeutic relationships and deliver evidence-based treatments with fidelity.
- Competency 1d: perform general clinical skills (e.g., dependability, time management, professionalism).
- Competency 1e: recognize and maintain appropriate ethical and legal standards in conducting diagnostic, assessment, and therapeutic activities.
To produce interns who are ready to attain advanced levels of proficiency in conducting clinically relevant research. Specifically, by the conclusion of internship, interns will demonstrate the ability to:
- Competency 2a: in collaboration with a faculty mentor, formulate research questions, conduct critical reviews of the scientific and/or clinical literature, select and apply appropriate research methods and statistical analyses, critically interpret findings, integrate findings with relevant literature, and adhere to APA ethical standards in the conduct of research.
- Competency 2b: perform research activities with dependability, efficiency, and professionalism.
- Competency 2c: analyze relevant data and produce an original research paper (involving either secondary analysis of existing data or original data collection) in a format and style suitable for submission to an appropriate professional journal.
- Competency 2d: make an effective oral research presentation (of either the research conducted during internship or a practice “job talk”) during the internship’s Research Seminar.
To increase interns' clinical communication, interpersonal, and professionalism skills to facilitate multi-disciplinary relationships with patients as well as other health professionals, such that interns reflect the standards of the profession. Specifically, by the end of internship interns will demonstrate:
- Competency 3a: the ability to make an effective and informative scholarly presentation of a clinical case (including a summary of relevant literature and assessment and intervention utilization) within the internship’s clinical case conference.
- Competency 3b: effective communication and collaboration skills with psychologists and other health professionals within their training sites.
- Competency 3c: timely and accurate documentation of clinical service delivery within appropriate medical records (including electronic health records).
- Competency 3d: professional attitudes, values, and behavior consistent with the traditions of the profession (e.g., following program rules, procedures, and standards of conduct).
To increase interns' understanding of the ways in which cultural and individual differences related to clinical practice. Specifically, by the end of internship, interns will:
- Competency 4a: demonstrate clinical competence (e.g., establish rapport, maintain therapeutic relationships, and effectively deliver services) with typically underserved groups (which may include economically disadvantaged, racial/ethnic minority, older adult, veteran, and trauma exposed patients).