Training Model and Goals

The internship year is a time for professional integration. We provide training opportunities designed to promote the development of highly ethical, culturally sensitive, and clinically competent pre-doctoral interns. Upon completion of our program interns should be well prepared to step-into entry level psychologist positions. To support this goal, we provide a safe learning environment that encourages interaction, risk taking, honest self-appraisal, collaboration, and team work.

Training Model

The Internship Program ascribes to a Practitioner-Scholar Training Model which views training as an interactive, dynamic process that involves: self-reflection, integrating past experiences with new learning, meaningful engagement with professional role models, embracing challenges, and solidifying a professional identity.

The Model integrates research and theory with practical, experiential learning. Interns are provided opportunities to practice skills associated with counseling center psychology work including clinical, liaison, supervision, training, outreach and consultation. Interns’ work is closely supervised and supported by seasoned professionals who bring years of practical experience. With this perspective in mind, interns are encouraged to apply scholarly inquiry and critical thinking to all facts of their work: clinical, outreach, consultation, supervision, training, and administrative; to stay abreast of current trends; and applying pertinent findings to their therapeutic work.

A respect for human diversity undergirds every aspect of functioning. To promote cultural competence, interns participate in a variety of activities and are encouraged to assess the impact of individual and cultural differences and worldview on human experiences. Differences and learning about one’s self are to be embraced and recognized as a lifelong process. SCS strives to establish a non-judging, safe place to explore the impact of worldview on clinical work. As interns view their work through a culturally-educated lens, the staff helps them to thoughtfully apply these understandings to professional practice.

The Program adopts a developmental perspective in several respects. To foster interns’ growth, interns are provided a combination of support, challenge and constructive feedback. Recognizing that every intern brings unique talents, experiences, and interests, the program will adjust to meet their unique development needs throughout the internship. Expectations for intern performance change according to their progression through the internship: more stringent standards are demanded of final-stage interns than beginning-stage interns. Further, over the course of the year, interns advance towards greater levels of autonomy, readying them for professional practice.

By the completion of the internship, interns should be well-prepared to assume an entry-level psychology position.

Training Goals, Objectives and Competencies

The overarching goal of our program is to provide high quality training of sufficient breadth and depth to adequately prepare our interns for an entry-level psychology position within a university counseling center. In additional to the clinical training, as future colleagues in the profession of psychology, interns are expected to conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner, internalize the values of the psychology profession, to develop a professional identity as a psychologist, and to engage in on-going self-reflective practices.

Goal 1: Professionalism: Produce psychologists who internalize psychological values and conduct themselves in a professional manner.

Objective 1: Produce ethically competent psychologists

Objective 2: Produce psychologists who relate effectively with others, in the course of carrying out professional work

Objective 3: Produce psychologists who possess administrative and management skills

Objective 4: Produce psychologists who engage in reflective practice

Objective 5: Produce psychologists who exhibit professional behavior in the course of carrying out professional work

Objective 6: Produce psychologists who are able to integrate science and practice

GOAL 2: Clinical: Produce psychologists who provide clinically competent treatment.

Objective 1: Produce psychologists who provide clinical interventions using multiple modalities

Objective 2: Produce psychologists who manage cases effectively

Objective 3: Produce psychologists who utilize supervision and consultation effectively

Objective 4: Produce psychologists who competently incorporate assessment into clinical work

GOAL 3: Diversity and Advocacy: Produce culturally competent psychologists who serve as advocates for others.

Objective 1: Produce psychologists who understand the impact of individual and cultural differences on all aspects of human functioning

Objective 2: Produce psychologists who advocate for mental health barriers and disparities that may affect clients

GOAL 4: Education: Produce psychologists who competently provide educative services to others

Objective 1: Provide campus-based outreach to the university community

Objective 2: Provide campus-based mental health consultation and intervention services

Objective 3: Provide professional training