Doctoral Internship Competencies

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The specific goals and objectives of the training program are defined in a list of profession-wide and program-specific competencies to be achieved by completion of the internship. They are outlined below:

1. Research

Interns will demonstrate:

  • Substantially independent ability to critically evaluate and disseminate research or other scholarly activities (e.g., case conference, presentation, publications) at the local (including the host institution), regional, or national level*
  • Ability to produce a relevant research product and can effectively communicate findings and implications.
2. Ethics & Legal Standards

Interns will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and actions that are in accordance with the current version of the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct*
  • Knowledge and actions that are in accordance with relevant laws, regulations, rules, and policies governing health service psychology at the organizational, local, state, regional, and federal levels*
  • Knowledge and actions that are in accordance with relevant professional standards and guidelines*
  • Ability to recognize ethical dilemmas as they arise and apply ethical decision-making processes in order to resolve the dilemmas*
  • Ability to conduct self in an ethical manner in all professional activities*
3. Individual & Cultural Diversity

Interns will demonstrate:

  • Understanding of how their own personal/cultural history, attitudes, and biases may affect how they understand and interact with people different from themselves*
  • Knowledge of the current theoretical and empirical data on addressing diversity in professional activities including research, training, supervision/consultation, and service*
  • Ability to integrate awareness and knowledge of individual and cultural differences in the conduct of professional roles (e.g., research, services, and other professional activities)*
  • Ability to apply a framework for working effectively with areas of individual and cultural diversity not previously encountered over the course of their careers*
  • Ability to independently apply their knowledge and approach in working effectively with the range of diverse individuals and groups encountered during internship*
  • Ability to initiate exploration of diversity variables in the context of the therapeutic relationship
  • Knowledge of appropriate community resources for diverse clients
4. Professional Values, Attitudes & Behaviors

Interns will demonstrate:

  • Behavior that reflects the values and attitudes of psychology, including integrity, deportment, professional identity, accountability, lifelong learning, and concern for the welfare of others*
  • Ability to engage in self-reflection regarding one’s personal and professional functioning*
  • Ability to engage in activities to maintain and improve performance, well-being and professional effectiveness*
  • Ability to actively seek and demonstrate openness and responsiveness to feedback and supervision*
  • Ability to respond professionally in increasingly complex situations with a greater degree of independence as they progress across levels of training*
5. Communication & Interpersonal Skills

Interns will demonstrate:

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of individuals, including colleagues, communities, organizations, supervisors, supervisees, and those receiving professional services*
  • Ability to produce and comprehend oral, nonverbal, and written communications that are informative and well-integrated*
  • Thorough grasp of professional language and concepts*
  • Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to manage difficult communication well*
  • Ability to take appropriate initiative and seeks help as needed
  • Ability to take responsibility for timely completion of assignments
6. Assessment

Interns will demonstrate:

  • Current knowledge of diagnostic classification systems, functional and dysfunctional behaviors, including consideration of client strengths and psychopathology*
  • Understanding of human behavior within its context (e.g., family, social, societal and cultural)*
  • Ability to apply the knowledge of functional and dysfunctional behaviors including context to the assessment and/or diagnostic process*
  • Ability to select and apply assessment methods that draw from the best available empirical literature and that reflect the science of measurement and psychometrics*
  • Ability to collect relevant data using multiple sources and methods appropriate to the identified goals and questions of the assessment as well as relevant diversity characteristics of the service recipient*
  • Ability to interpret assessment results, following current research and professional standards and guidelines, to inform case conceptualization, classification, and recommendations*
  • Ability to guard against decision-making biases, distinguishing the aspects of assessment that are subjective from those that are objective*
  • Ability to communicate orally and in written documents the findings and implications of the assessment in an accurate and effective manner sensitive to a range of audiences*
  • Ability to administer and score cognitive tests
  • Ability to administer and score projective tests
  • Ability to complete testing process in a timely manner (from referral and administration to provision of report and feedback to client)
7. Intervention

Interns will demonstrate:

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with the recipients of psychological services*
  • Ability to develop evidence-based intervention plans specific to the service delivery goals*
  • Ability to implement interventions informed by the current scientific literature, assessment findings, diversity characteristics, and contextual variables*
  • Ability to apply the relevant research literature to clinical decision making*
  • Ability to modify and adapt evidence-based approaches effectively when a clear evidence-base is lacking*
  • Ability to evaluate intervention effectiveness, and adapt intervention goals and methods consistently with ongoing evaluation*
  • Awareness of therapeutic process and relationship dynamics
  • Ability to join family members and reframe problems
  • Ability to facilitate group process (if applicable)
  • Ability to collaborate with a co-therapist (if applicable)
8. Supervision

Interns will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of supervision models and practices*
  • Ability to apply knowledge of supervision models and practices in direct or simulated practice with psychology trainees, or other health professionals*
9. Consultation & Interpersonal/Interdiscipilnary Skills

Interns will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and respect for the roles and perspectives of other professions*
  • Knowledge of consultation models and practices*
  • Ability to apply this knowledge in direct or simulated consultation with individuals and their families, other health care professionals, interprofessional groups, or systems related to health and behavior*
10. Crisis Intervention

Interns will demonstrate:

  • Ability to function within a multidisciplinary crisis team
  • Ability to formulate an initial diagnosis in a timely fashion
  • Ability to formulate an initial disposition in a timely fashion
  • Ability to support/contain client and family in crisis
11. General

Interns will demonstrate:

  • Capacity to relate non-defensively and openly to supervisor
  • Ability to report problems appropriately to supervisor
  • Understanding of program evaluation and outcome studies as conducted at Aspire Health Alliance
  • Improvement in knowledge and skills during evaluation period
  • Progress toward learning plan goals and objectives

*: Any item listed with * is from the APA Standards of Accreditation Implementing Regulation C-81

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We are making emotional well-being essential to overall health and building a supportive community for all, through effective, integrated care that is tailored to the way you live.

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