Training Plan

 

The Doctoral Clinical Psychology Internship has four positions, three in the Serious Mental Illness (SMI) Track, and one in the Child and Adolescent Psychology (CHAD) Track. The internship is structured around a rotational system. 

Rotations

Interns in the Serious Mental Illness Track complete a year-long primary placement at the Early Psychosis Intervention Center (EPICenter).  At EPICenter, interns receive training in assessment and evidence-based treatments for severe mental illness, including cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis, family psychoeducation, and cognitive remediation.  In addition, interns on the SMI Track complete three 4-month-long minor rotations in clinical neuropsychology, integrated behavioral health, and inpatient psychology.

The intern on the Child/Adolescent Track completes yearlong placements in the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Clinic, General Child and Adult Outpatient Psychotherapy, Child and Adolescent Psychological Assessment, and the Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic.  They also complete several rotations varying in length from two to six months.  Rotation options include but are not limited to the Normal Child Development Observation, School Psychology, Consultation/Liaison, and the Children’s Clinics for Rehabilitative Services.

Didactics

  • Weekly training seminars (required) – Seminars include joint as well as specialized presentations for the SMI and Child/Adolescent Tracks, and include the Psychology Seminar, SMI Seminar, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship didactics.
  • Weekly Psychiatry Grand Rounds (required);
  • Rotation-specific trainings and didactics (required);
  • Biweekly Psychiatry Outpatient Case Conference (optional);
  • Monthly Psychology Department Colloquia (optional);
  • Weekly Neuroscience Grand Rounds (optional).

Seminars are presented by psychologists, psychiatrists, and other professionals. Interns may also choose to be involved in relevant aspects of the psychiatry residency didactic curriculum, and they may attend seminars and rounds in Neurology, Surgery, and other departments. In addition to attending Psychiatry Grand Rounds, interns are required to present once at Grand Rounds during their internship year.

Supervision

Supervisors include full-time faculty and practitioners from the community rotation placements. Our program places a strong emphasis on the quality of supervision provided to the intern. Faculty psychologists serve as supervisors only if they have an interest in doing so and have a strong commitment to clinical training. It is the philosophy of the program that, during the internship year, the psychology intern is best served by being exposed to a variety of approaches to conceptualizing psychopathology, assessment, and clinical interventions. Therefore, the intern will have several supervisors representing varying orientations throughout the year, and as appropriate for their different clinical activities. Although regular supervision is provided by licensed psychologists, special arrangements with psychiatrists and neurologists can be made for occasional supervision and consultation as appropriate.

Interns are evaluated formally by their supervisors at the end of each rotation, and informally through frequent verbal feedback. Interns and supervisors are expected to maintain close, open communication with each other and with the Director of Psychology Training. Twice during the year, a written evaluation of the intern's progress toward meeting the training objectives will be shared with the intern and the intern's graduate program’s Director of Clinical Training. If the quality of an intern's performance is felt to be problematic, the intern will meet with the Director of Psychology Training to discuss identified deficiencies and to plan remediation. Interns also have the opportunity to provide formal and informal evaluations of their clinical experiences and supervision.