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Goal One

Interns will develop appropriate clinical skills and competencies in preparation for entry level practice as professional psychologists

Objectives

  • Interns will develop competency in the provision of individual psychotherapy

    Competencies expected:

    • Interns will establish and maintain good working relationships with clients
    • Interns will demonstrate the ability to integrate formal case conceptualization and treatment in a clear, empirically based format as demonstrated by formal presentation
    • Interns will demonstrate competence in basic micro-counseling skills (i.e., reflection of feeling and content, paraphrasing, open-ended questions, etc.)
    • Interns will demonstrate the ability to process the therapeutic relationship with the client (i.e., immediacy, constructive use of transference & counter transference)
    • Interns will demonstrate ability to appropriately confront clients and manage ruptures effectively
    • Interns will demonstrate ability to tolerate difficult emotions and explore clients’ feelings
    • Interns will demonstrate appropriate assessment of risk throughout the treatment process
    • Interns will exhibit ability to provide effective, evidence-based interventions
    • Interns will demonstrate ability to Integrate psychological theory into meaningful conceptualization
    • Interns will demonstrate the ability to develop mutually agreed-upon goals and appropriate treatment plans based on these goals
    • Interns will demonstrate the ability to integrate psychological theory into meaningful conceptualization
    • Interns will demonstrate ability to conduct and integrate relevant assessment tools into their clinical work
    • Interns will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate interventions and outcomes and modify treatment when necessary.
    • Interns will demonstrate the ability to prepare clients for termination of treatment appropriately and sensitively
    • Interns will manage their caseloads effectively
    • Interns will demonstrate knowledge about, sensitivity and responsiveness to client’s culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, social class, religion, language, country of origin, and ability status in therapeutic interactions
    • Interns will demonstrate ability to appropriately integrate information from the scholarly literature into clinical work
    • Interns will demonstrate the ability to appropriately refer and coordinate treatment with in-house psychiatric consultant.
  • Interns will develop competency in group therapy

    Competencies expected:

    • Interns will demonstrate skill in group screening and client preparation for group therapy
    • Interns will demonstrate ability to establish rapport and cohesion in group work
    • Interns will demonstrate effective timing of interventions according to the developmental stage of the group
    • Interns will facilitate here-and- now group process
    • Interns will integrate theory and practice of group work
    • Interns will develop an effective working relationship with co-leader
    • Interns will demonstrate knowledge about, sensitivity and responsiveness to clients’ culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, social class, religion, language, country of origin, and ability status in therapeutic group interactions
  • Interns will develop competency in intake assessment and diagnosis

    Competencies expected:

    • Interns will gather relevant data to define client’s concerns
    • Interns will assess relevant risks to health and safety of clients or others
    • Interns will make accurate judgment regarding case disposition or referral
    • Interns will utilize DSM classification and differential diagnosis effectively
    • Interns will demonstrate effective written and verbal skills in reporting intake assessment findings
    • Interns will conduct culturally competent intakes that consider the person’s diverse characteristics and the person and system in context
    • Interns will demonstrate ability to gather essential and accurate psychosocial information, including issues related to diversity characteristics
  • Interns will develop competency in crisis intervention

    Competencies expected:

    • Intern will demonstrate ability to quickly establish rapport in crisis situations
    • Intern will demonstrate ability to conduct thorough risk assessment
    • Intern will demonstrate ability to use appropriate interventions in crisis situations
    • Intern will demonstrate ability to provide appropriate follow-up and case management
    • Intern will demonstrate ability to handle affect in response to client's affect or the nature of the crisis presented
    • Intern will demonstrate the ability to see out supervision/consultation appropriately
  • Interns will develop competency in outreach and consultation

    Competencies expected:

    • Interns will demonstrate consideration of the needs of the target audience
    • Interns will demonstrate adequate preparation for presentations
    • Interns will demonstrate the ability to include up-to-date scholarly research information about the content area
    • Interns will demonstrate clear and effective presentation skills that engage the audience in an effective manner
    • Interns will evaluate the effectiveness of outreach programs with appropriate measures
    • Interns will demonstrate responsiveness and sensitivity to the needs of consultee(s)
    • Interns will provide consultation to staff, faculty, and community members in a manner that is ethical and professional
    • Interns will demonstrate knowledge, sensitivity, and responsiveness regarding outreach participants’ and consultees’ culture, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class, religion, language, country of origin, and ability status in developing and delivering outreach programs and consultation
  • Interns will develop competency in provision of supervision

    Competencies expected:

    • Interns will demonstrate ability to develop a safe and respectful supervisory environment
    • Interns will demonstrate ability to apply supervision theory and scholarly literature in conceptualizing and intervening with supervisee
    • Interns will set effective goals for supervision in collaboration with supervisee
    • Interns will provide specific, concrete feedback to supervisee in a timely manner
    • Interns will demonstrate ability to provide an appropriate balance of support and challenge/confrontation to supervisee
    • Interns will demonstrate ability to make use of a variety of supervisory techniques to facilitate growth (i.e., role-playing, joint review of tapes, suggested readings, discussion, etc.)
    • Interns will demonstrate ability to appropriately evaluate supervisee
    • Interns will attend to multicultural issues and privilege in the supervisory relationship
    • Intern will demonstrate ability to effectively talk with supervisee about  the manner in which people of diverse cultures and belief systems perceive mental health issues and respond to various symptoms and interventions in counseling
  • Interns will develop competency in use of mental health assessment tools

     Competencies expected:

    • Interns will demonstrate ability to appropriately select self-report and objective personality assessment instruments
    • Interns will demonstrate ability to accurately administer and interpret assessment data
    • Interns will demonstrate ability to integrate clinical interview and assessment data into a comprehensive report that include appropriate recommendations
    • Interns will demonstrate ability to utilize assessment data to inform their treatment
    • Interns will demonstrate consideration of cultural factors in selection and interpretation of assessment materials

Intern Evaluations

Our intern evaluation forms flow directly from these goals, objectives, and competencies. Interns formally receive feedback on their performance twice per semester.