Clinical Psychology Internship
The Clinical Psychology Internship is a program for doctoral students in APA-approved graduate programs in clinical, combined school-clinical, counseling or school psychology who have completed their course work (and passed their comprehensive exams).
The internship has two primary goals: to train interns to become competent clinicians and to prepare them to function as professional psychologists in a clinical, community or school setting. Reaching these goals includes developing and augmenting existing skills in diagnostic interviewing, treatment planning, school consultation, psychotherapy and psychological assessment. Interns further develop their ability to interact with other professionals as members of an interdisciplinary team. They also gain skills in working with schools and community agencies. Additionally, interns are exposed to general professional issues including cultural diversity and ethical functioning.
The Clinical Psychology Internship is open only to currently enrolled 4th year (at a minimum) doctoral students in APA-approved graduate programs in clinical, combined school-clinical, counseling and school psychology. It is a one-year commitment requiring a full-time schedule of 40 hours/week. The training year begins on or about July 1 and concludes at the end of June of the following year.
Training Curriculum for Clinical Psychology Interns:
- Conduct psychological, psycho-educational and neuropsychological assessments with a diverse population in a variety of clinical settings, including residential care, day treatment, group homes and partial hospitalization.
- Conduct individual, group and family therapy with children and adolescents falling within a broad spectrum of Axis I and II diagnoses.
- Gain exposure to a culturally diverse population, including LGBTQ young adults.
- Work as part of a multidisciplinary team that includes teachers, social workers, childcare workers and psychiatrists.
- Become exposed to roles as consultants in a special education setting.
- Learn about aftercare services and community resources through interactions with the Social Services Department.
- Attend professional presentations throughout the agency and have the opportunity to attend relevant seminars and workshops outside the agency. Time is allotted for attendance at professional conferences.
- Participate in ongoing research projects and ability to conduct their own research within the agency.
- Present own work at case conferences and continuing education seminars.
- Work closely with senior staff through co-therapy, with numerous opportunities to observe staff conducting assessments, leading conferences and conducting consultations with other agency staff.