Internship Competencies

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 profession wide and CHWS specific competencies. 

Competency Research
Experiences assessed/evaluated  

Interns present a formal case presentation in which they incorporate literature about the diagnosis and/or treatment modalities.

 

Interns present two seminars (one in spring semester and one in summer) and they incorporate research literature into the presentations.

 

Interns participate in individual supervision, group supervision (ex: sup of sup, diversity dialogues, challenging case) and multidisciplinary consultation meetings in which there will be discussion of literature.

 

Interns will discuss theoretical orientation and interventions within supervision relating to their clinical work.

 

Interns will co-present and/or independently present workshops and/or other educational programming. A minimum of two programs during the year, with encouragement to provide two or more each semester.  Supervisors, organizing staff, and participants may provide feedback.

Competency Ethical and legal standards
Experiences assessed/evaluated  

Demonstration of ethical understanding and practice will be assessed within individual and group supervision, during consultation meetings, and intern seminars.

 

Interns will present a formal case presentation and ethical concerns are expected to be addressed within the case conceptualization.

 

Interns’ documentation will be reviewed and co-signed by supervisors.

 

Interns will be observed with regard to their interactions with staff members in both public and confidential settings.

 

Interns will be observed engaging in discussions during staff meetings and consultations.

Competency Individual and cultural diversity
Experiences assessed/evaluated  

Demonstration of a commitment to diversity and inclusion will be assessed during individual supervision and Diversity Dialogues group supervision.

 

Self awareness of diversity factors and how one’s self may impact the therapeutic relationship will be assessed within clinical work via observation, dialogue with supervisor and review of documentation. 

 

Discussion within supervision, case consultations with multidisciplinary team  and during seminars.

 

Discussions within diversity seminars, diversity dialogues supervision and related trainings.

Interns’ case presentation will be evaluated related to multicultural awareness and related clinical considerations.

Competency Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors
Experiences assessed/evaluated

Interns’ professionalism is observed and assessed during interactions with interns, staff meetings and supervision.  

 

Interns self assessment and self reflection are assessed during individual and group format supervision.

 

Medical providers and our front reception staff consult with psychology training committee regarding intern professionalism.

 

Supervisors review clinical documentation and this includes secure messages to our multidisciplinary treatment team.

 

Supervisors assess interns’ ability to manage their schedules and the clinical caseload are assessed by supervisors as this relates to the ability to engage in self-care.

Competency Communications and interpersonal skills
Experiences assessed/evaluated  

Training staff observe intern interactions with others and receive feedback from other staff related to professional interactions.

 

Training staff observe interns communication and consultation with CHWS staff and interns also discuss communications with training staff during individual and group supervision.

 

Interns engage in dialogue about telephone or in person consultations with third parties (ex: parents, professors) with supervisors and the documentation of  such consultations is reviewed by the supervisor.

 

Supervisors review and co-sign clinical documentation, including consultation notes with CHWS staff, documentation of a phone consultation, etc.

 

Psychology training staff observe presentation skills when co-leading an  outreach or consultation.

 

Psychology training staff observe presentation skills and communication when interns engage in formal case presentations and present an intern seminar.  

 

Supervisors and training staff provide interns with feedback on their interpersonal skills when managing challenging communications based on direct observation, intern self report, and/or feedback from other staff. Assessment

Interns sign a statement that they have reviewed and understand the Due Process and Grievance Procedures, and when this is reviewed with them the Training Director engages in dialogue with the interns that serves to assess their understanding at that time.

Competency Assessment
Experiences assessed/evaluated  

Interns’ intake and screening assessment skills may be observed directly via the mock intake recordings intern create during orientation and/or by co-facilitating intake or screening sessions early in the fall with client permission.

 

Supervisors assess integration of objective screening tools during case consultation in supervision and when reviewing clinical documentation for screening, intake and follow up therapy appointments.

 

Interns are assessed in their use of the CAMS during individual supervision and during group supervision and consultation meetings in which high risk clients are discussed.

 

Interns are assessed in their crisis management skills (business hours and after hours crisis response) during crisis consultations and debriefings, via direct observation of recordings and/or clinical documentation review.

 

The Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator supervises the Substance Abuse Prevention rotation and thus provides the interns with feedback on their knowledge of the assessment tools and when applicable on their skills to utilize and integrate the assessments clinically.

Competency Intervention
Experiences assessed/evaluated

Interns participate in individual supervision with a focus on clinical skills, including assessment, treatment planning and interventions. The licensed psychologist reviews intern competency by direct observation (review of recordings), by direct observation (co-therapy when this is possible such as during group or co-facilitating an intake assessment during orientation month), by review of notes, and case discussion by the intern. 

 

Interns participate in group consultation/supervision meetings with multidisciplinary staff in which training staff observe the interns’ description of therapy, case formulation, and multidisciplinary referrals.

 

Interns co-facilitate a group with a supervisor, thus supervisor can directly observe skills.

 

Interns present a formal case conference each semester; thus, supervisor and training staff evaluate the interns’ discussion of the case and their treatment modality.

 
Competency Supervision
Experiences assessed/evaluated  

Interns’ knowledge and understanding of the developmental model of supervision is assessed throughout the semester in which they are supervising. This assessment occurs during the training on the developmental model, during co-supervision direct observation of intern skills, and during discussions within the Supervision of Supervision meetings.

 

The Supervisor of Supervision co-facilitates the review of the Practicum Training Manuel with the interns, and thus has opportunity to engage in direct observation of the interns’ understanding of the training manual and how they relay/teach the information.

The interns video record their mock therapy sessions with practicum counselors and the Supervisor of Supervision is present during co-supervision to observe and assist the intern in providing the practicum counselor with feedback on their skills.

 

The Supervisor of supervision has opportunities for direct observation of interns’ supervision skills during co-supervision. 

 

The Supervisor of supervision reviews the practicum counselor’s draft notes after the intern has reviewed and helped the practicum counselor edit the notes. The Supervisor then co-signs the practicum counselor’s notes when approved for signature.

Within Supervision of Supervision the supervisor assesses and provides feedback on clinical recommendations, multicultural awareness and ethical concerns.

Within Supervision of Supervision the supervisor reviews the interns’ drafts of practicum evaluations and provides feedback to interns on their skills when delivering the evaluations to the practicum counselor. 

 

Competency Consultation and interprofessional/interdisplinary skills
Experiences assessed/evaluated

Psychology training staff observe interns interactions and consultations with our multidisciplinary staff during meetings.

 

Primary supervisors review and co-sign notes, thus observe EHR communications with our multidisciplinary staff.

 

Interns consult with a licensed psychology staff member if they are called after hours, thus providing an opportunity to evaluate their critical thinking before and after the consultation with other university personnel.

 

Psychology staff and medical staff provide written feedback regarding formal case presentations.

 

Psychology staff provide written feedback regarding seminar presentations.

 

Psychology staff may directly observe outreach activities when co-lead with the intern.

Psychology staff debrief outreach activities with the intern and review any feedback from the organizing department/agency or from written evaluations.

Competency Substance Abuse Prevention Education and Intervention
Experiences assessed/evaluated  

The Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator (SAPC) provides individual rotation supervision.

 

The SAPC observes and assesses knowledge during didactic training, discussions and supervision sessions.

 

The SAPC reviews and provides feedback on prepared clinical documentation and personalized feedback report for mandated assessments.

 

The SAPC reviews student feedback from mandated educational workshops led by interns.

The SAPC will observe the knowledge of the intern completing the SAP rotation in the summer through direct or video observation of a mock educational workshop.