Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship Program
Training model and program philosophy
The HealthEast Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship Program's primary focus is to help interns become competent as professional psychologists. We believe that universities provide the initial pre-clinical preparation (the core areas of psychology, research methodology and the fundamentals of clinical practice), while internships help interns apply what they have learned and develop advanced clinical skills. Interns are expected to work with a variety of patients using a wide range of assessment and therapeutic approaches and techniques.
The internship year is a time of transition from student to independent practitioner. Interns initially receive close clinical supervision and intensive instruction. Over time, interns gain greater autonomy and function largely as independent practitioners by program completion. Our interns also develop the flexibility and adaptability to meet the changing landscape of complex health care systems. For this reason, professional attitude and demeanor are as important as psychological knowledge and skills. These competencies are thus included in formal evaluations by each rotation supervisor.
Training goals & objectives
Psychology Interns will:
- Develop competence in diagnostic interviewing and administration of a variety of psychological instruments, techniques and assessments.
- Develop competence in psychological interventions for a variety of psychological diagnoses, difficulties and needs. Psychology Interns will learn a wide range of therapeutic orientations, techniques and approaches. General psychotherapy skills will be emphasized along with at least one empirically-supported modality.
- Develop competence in translating psychological principles to department leaders, colleagues and professionals from different disciplines.
- Demonstrate behavior consistent with professional standards and ethical guidelines (i.e., a mature understanding of professional ethics as well as issues of ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual and other aspects of diversity).
- Be expected to be aware of their continuing developmental and professional goals. Psychology Interns will also be aware of emerging developments and possess realistic career plans (as judged by their supervisors), evidenced by vocational or training choices to be pursued upon completion of the program.
- Understand the interface between science and practice by applying scientific knowledge to the clinical setting, being educated consumers of empirical research, and participating in research projects or program evaluation.
Go here to learn more about our Pre-Doctoral Psychology Internship Program. The attachment includes information about:
- Training term
- Stipend and benefits
- Program structure and components
- Psychology staff
- Application process