Internship Goals

  1. To train highly skilled and flexible professional psychologists.
    In service of this, we provide opportunities for advancement of clinical sophistication that are appropriate to the trainee's developmental level, and are of increasing challenge. This intentional, developmental sequence provides for diversity of presenting issues and client demographics such as gender, age, ethnicity and sexual orientation to the greatest extent possible.
  2. To provide the highest quality supervision of intern clinical development, so that trainees experience both support and challenge as part of their learning.
    The primary supervisory relationship purposefully includes not only case conceptualization, treatment planning, review of files and crisis consultation, but also values counselor's understanding of self, exploration of ethical problem-solving, and unfolding of theoretical orientation.
  3. To provide interns broad-based training opportunities, so that they may develop the range of a generalist.
    To immerse in the diverse activities of professional psychology, such as supervision, consultation, outreach and program development, advising, assessment, policy and program evaluation skills are intended to provide opportunities for breadth. To utilize "discretionary activities" for interns to tailor the nature of this breadth. To utilize the "developing specialty" for interns to achieve depth of understanding in an area of interest. To apply integrative models and curiosity about differences to each of these professional activities.
  4. To familiarize interns with the university mental health setting and the organizational context in which they work.
    Interns are fully-functioning members of a multidisciplinary team that includes the perspectives of experienced Higher Education Administrators, Psychologists, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Psychiatrists, support staff and others. Interns learn student affairs work and the relationship between counseling and retention, disability support services, academic advising, residential living, conduct, etc.
  5. To provide a healthy work environment within which interns learn and contribute.
    To model collaborative work among CHWS staff and with other professionals. To encourage resilience and good humor in response to complex situations. To expect new learning to conflict in some cases with prior experience. To balance diagnostic acuity with developmental perspectives. To demonstrate responsiveness to emerging campus needs with appropriate limit setting.