Psychology Internship: Supervision & Didactics

The Psychology training faculty values the opportunity to work closely with interns in training and supervision. While all staff has adopted an "open door policy," interns are assigned several specific supervisors. Each intern has a primary supervisor who serves as a mentor and coordinates the training experience for the intern throughout the training year. For the Adult interns, the primary supervisor also provides supervision of therapy; for the Child interns, the primary supervisor provides supervision for either assessment or therapy.

All interns receive additional supervision/consultation by attending weekly supervision groups; currently there is a supervision group for psychological evaluations for bariatric weight loss, an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy focused group, as well as a general case discussion/consultation group. Interns also participate in post-group discussions/supervision with the staff therapist or facilitator after group therapy sessions. During the quarterly rotations, interns work with and are supervised by staff associated with that rotation (e.g., during the Acute Psychiatric Services (APS) rotation interns are supervised by an APS staff member). Other elective rotations, such as Neuropsychology, are supervised by the specific staff on those services. Lastly, individual supervision is provided for all consultation/assessment clinics.

In total, interns receive at least 4 hours of supervision per week, of which a minimum of 2 hours per week are individual supervision.

Training Orientation

The internship year begins with two weeks of orientation, during which the interns are introduced to the faculty and the facility as well as to policies and procedures. The orientation also includes a series of lectures on foundational topics such as interviewing, report writing, mandatory reporting of abuse, working with interpreters, and clinic procedures.

Seminars

Orientation is followed by three weekly, one-hour seminar series. These series focus on assessment, therapy, and consultation/health services, with increasing complexity of materials being presented as the year proceeds. Additionally, interns are welcome to attend an adult-focused CBT Seminar that is taught to the second-year psychiatry residents in the fall. Other interventions included in the seminars include child-focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, ACT, DBT, CPT, PE, and trauma-focused treatment for children. Further, a series of talks related to professional development issues are presented throughout the year.

In addition to the psychology-specific didactic offerings, the Psychiatry Department sponsors a weekly Special Topics Seminar and a bi-weekly Psychiatry Case Consultation series.  Interns are also encouraged to attend hospital wide trainings on topics such as ethics in healthcare, LGBT health, and departmental specific presentations.

During the internship year, two all-day workshops are arranged jointly by several of the local APA (CoA)-accredited internship sites. The fall workshop focuses on diversity and the spring workshop focuses on supervision and ethics.