Internship Goals

Our internship training program is designed to prepare interns for skilled and competent entry into the field of health service psychology. Interns are provided with a broad range of supervised experiences and didactic trainings to achieve this overarching goal. The primary areas of training are listed below with the related goals and objectives and competencies.

Goal #1: To prepare interns to function as competent professionals within the field of health service psychology.

Objective 1: Interns will demonstrate effective clinical assessment skills

Competencies Expected:

  1. Interns will conduct intake evaluations.
  2. Interns will conduct risk assessment at intake and as indicated with ongoing clients.
  3. Interns will conduct brief triage evaluations during walk-in hours.
  4. Interns will conduct semi-structured suicide and self-harm risk evaluations with mandated and non-mandated students.
  5. Interns will provide diagnoses per the DSM-V.
  6. Interns will have the opportunity to conduct semi-structured substance abuse evaluations with a motivational enhancement focus.
  7. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in after hours crisis consultations and assessments.
  8. Interns will make appropriate referrals to our medical providers, psychiatrist and dietician.
  9. Interns will make appropriate referrals to other campus resources.

Interns will develop skills

  1. in developing rapport and trust within the therapeutic relationship.
  2. to ask diagnostic questions to form clinical conceptualizations of client issues.
  3. in differential diagnosis utilizing the DSM-V diagnostic criteria.
  4. to assess for risk of harm to self and others.
  5. to assess substance use utilizing a motivational enhancement framework.
  6. to discuss the value of integrated care when making referrals.

Assessment skills will be evaluated through the review of clinical recordings and documentation, and through discussion within supervision and case consultations.

Objective 2:  Interns will develop competent psychotherapy skills.

Competencies Expected:

  1. Interns will work with clients presenting with a wide range of clinical issues.
  2. Interns will work collaboratively with a multidisciplinary staff to coordinate clinical care with medical providers, a dietician and/or a psychiatrist.
  3. Interns will provide brief and longer term therapy.
  4. Interns will utilize interventions that demonstrate the understanding of variety of theoretical modalities.
  5. Interns will develop knowledge of and skills to apply evidence based practices.
  6. Interns will develop therapeutic skills to conduct group therapy and/or psychoeducational workshops.

Interns will demonstrate:

  1. rapport building skills with individuals and groups.
  2. the ability to utilize a variety of interventions to help clients progress towards their treatment goals.
  3. knowledge of current psychotherapy research on evidence based treatment modalities.
  4. clinical judgment to decide which clients are best served by brief or longer term therapy.
  5. communication skills to consult and coordinate care within a multidisciplinary setting.
  6. knowledge and skills to discuss the potential benefits of psychotropic medication with clients when clinically appropriate.
  7. clinical skills to facilitate termination of therapy.

Psychotherapy skills will be assessed through direct supervision during group sessions/workshops, review of clinical recordings and documentation, discussion within supervision, and case consultations within multidisciplinary team meetings. During formal case presentations interns will be assessed on assessment skills, inclusion of diversity factors, incorporation of current literature on evidence based practice, case conceptualization skills, and on appropriate referrals to multidisciplinary providers.

Objective 3: Interns will develop and demonstrate understanding of cultural and individual differences and diversity.

Competencies Expected:

  1. Interns will assess cultural, systemic and other diversity factors that impact clients.
  2. Interns will integrate assessment and understanding of diverse factors into clinical conceptualization, diagnosis and treatment.
  3. Interns will demonstrate self-awareness regarding diversity.
  4. Interns will provide appropriate referrals and consultation with other campus departments (e.g. Office of Student Accessibility and Accommodations, Center for Intercultural and Civic Engagement, etc.).

Interns will demonstrate:

  1. skills to incorporate awareness of cultural differences into conceptualization and diagnosis.
  2. knowledge of appropriate on and off campus referrals for students.
  3. awareness of when to seek additional knowledge and/or cultural consultation.

Understanding of diversity issues will be assessed through direct supervision during group sessions, review of clinical recordings and documentation, discussion within supervision and case consultations within multidisciplinary team meetings and seminars, and discussions within diversity seminars and related trainings.

Goal #2: To prepare interns to function as ethical and professional psychologists within the field of health service psychology.

Objective: Interns will demonstrate ethical decision making and professional practice.

Competencies Expected:

  1. Interns will demonstrate knowledge of APA Code of Ethics and WA Laws for Psychologists.
  2. Interns will maintain accurate and timely clinical documentation.
  3. Interns will maintain client confidentiality and consult in situations in which confidentiality may be breeched.
  4. Interns will seek consultation during crises and/or challenging clinical encounters as appropriate.
  5. Interns will demonstrate self-awareness and an ability to self-evaluate in the process of enhancing their skills as psychologists.
  6. Interns will present in a professional manner during case presentations and consultations with our multidisciplinary staff.
  7. Interns will represent CHWS professionally through outreach presentations and consultations with other departments.

Interns will demonstrate:

  1. an understanding of APA ethics, WA state law, HIPPA and FERPA.
  2. self-awareness regarding the limits of their competence, when to seek consultation and when to refer a client.
  3. sensitive management of confidential materials and information.
  4. knowledge of, and sensitivity to individual differences and diversity
  5. professional skills during case presentations, staff consultations, and outreach presentations.

Demonstration of ethical understanding and behaviors will be assessed within supervision, via review of clinical recordings and documentation, observation of interactions with staff within confidential and public settings, and discussions during staff meetings and consultations.

Goal #3: To prepare interns to function as clinical supervisors within the field of health service psychology.

Objective: Interns will develop the knowledge and skills to provide competent supervision.

Competencies Expected:

  1. Interns will supervise a practicum counselor from a developmental model (Stoltenberg and Delworth, 1987).
  2. Interns will develop a supervisory relationship that fosters trust and growth.
  3. Interns will demonstrate cultural sensitivity in supervision.
  4. Interns will develop skills to effectively provide practicum counselors with constructive feedback.

Interns will demonstrate:

  1. rapport building skills to create a safe learning environment.
  2. the ability to assess the clinical skills of a practicum counselor.
  3. the ability to provide constructive feedback that matches the practicum counselor’s developmental level.
  4. the ability to provide feedback on issues of  diversity and to assist practicum counselors in being knowledgeable and self aware.
  5. the ability to train practicum counselors how to document clinical contacts.
  6. the ability to provide practicum counselors with informal and formal written feedback regarding clinical skills and ethics.

Understanding of a developmental model of supervision and supervisory skills will be assessed within supervision of supervision discussions and via observation of supervision recordings.

Goal #4: To prepare interns to provide consultation and outreach presentations.

Objective: Interns will develop skills related to educational program development, program evaluation and public speaking.

Competencies Expected:

  1. Interns will learn to develop psychoeducational programs for a variety of audiences.
  2. Interns will co-present mental health trainings for student employees (e.g., Residential Life) with Psychology and Medical staff.
  3. Interns will provide consultation to student staff (e.g., Residential Life, Orientation Leaders).
  4. Interns will develop public speaking skills.
  5. Interns will develop program evaluation skills.

Interns will demonstrate:

  1. skills to coordinate and consult with the sponsoring individual or group.
  2. skills to assess the needs of the target audience. 
  3. skills to create materials to address the educational goals of the presentation.
  4. the ability to present to colleagues and to general student audiences.
  5. skills related to assessment of program outcomes.
  6. openness to feedback from the sponsoring group and/or from CHWS staff.

Presentation skills and program development will be assessed during co-facilitated presentations, debriefings of presentations, and in discussions within supervision. Feedback from audience participants will also be incorporated into the evaluation of intern skills.