We believe that the internship is one of the most important opportunities for interns to receive feedback about their clinical and professional skills, and that, in addition, the supervisors and the internship program can benefit from feedback, consistent review, and self-assessment. The interns are assessed for their clinical knowledge, competency to provide appropriate clinical care (including diagnostic, clinical assessment, interviewing, and psychotherapy competencies), ability to utilize theory in the treatment of patients, sensitivity to issues of diversity across all dimensions, and ability to function effectively and ethically as a professional in a multidisciplinary team. The supervisors and the program are assessed on their ability to train and provide appropriate tools for the interns to utilize in their daily clinical functioning and professional growth. Interns and supervisors meet for formal evaluations at least four times during the year.
Successful completion of the Psychology Internship Program requires that interns achieve determined competency in all nine profession-wide competencies: Research; Ethical and Legal Standards; Individual and Cultural Diversity; Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors; Communication and Interpersonal Skills; Psychological Diagnosis and Assessment; Psychotherapeutic Intervention; Supervision; and Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills. The program also provides training in and assesses interns’ performance in two program specific competencies: prevention and treatment services in OUD/SUD (Adult Track with OUD/SUD Focus only) and child-systems based consultation (Child and Adolescent Track only).
In addition, the interns give feedback regarding the program to the director of training during individual and group meetings as well as at the end of the training year.
The Director of Training also makes efforts to keep in contact with past interns in order to continue to assess how the internship prepares our interns for the field, and how we can adapt our program accordingly.