Program Goals and Competencies

Goal 1

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.

Goal 2

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.

Goal 3

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).

Goal 4

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).