Psychology Internship: Supervision & Didactics

The psychology training faculty values the opportunity to work closely with interns in supervision. While all staff has adopted an "open door policy," interns are assigned several specific supervisors, providing supervision of assessment, consultation, or therapy.

All interns receive additional supervision/consultation by attending weekly supervision and consultation groups. Interns also participate in post-group discussions with the staff therapist or facilitator after group therapy sessions. During the quarterly rotations, interns work with and are supervised by staff associated with each rotation.

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 basic 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 services, with increasing complexity of materials being presented as the year proceeds. Additionally, interns are welcome to attend a brief 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, and trauma-focused treatment. Further, a series of talks related to professional issues are presented throughout the year.

In addition to the psychology-specific didactic offerings, the Psychiatry Department sponsors a Special Topics Seminar and a Psychiatry Case Consultation series.

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.