Doctoral in Clinical Psychology Internship Program
The Goodman Psychological Services Center's (GPSC) Doctoral in Clinical Psychology Internship Program is an APA accredited internship program which has been evolving throughout the years and has made significant changes as it improves the depth and breadth of its training. The program requires the completion of 2,000 hours and grants Doctoral Interns with a greater level of autonomy and responsibility by fostering independent functioning as a practicing professional. The Internship program offers advanced graduate students in clinical psychology a range of experiences upon which to build their theoretical and applied clinical skills. These include opportunities to work with culturally diverse clients and provide psychotherapeutic interventions to improve the overall psychological well-being of a variety of mental conditions, which include but are not limited to the following conditions: depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, adjustment disorders, behavioral disorders, relationship and communication problems, parent-child issues, personality disorders, bereavement/grief issues, and others. Interns also have opportunities to conduct diagnostic evaluations and learn a variety of treatment approaches. Seminars and didactic trainings enhance developing skills while Interns simultaneously serve as mentors/supervisors to practicum students. Interns also provide consultation and demonstrate their ability to critically evaluate research and relevant literature in the field of psychology as they apply them to presentations and to treatment options.
Currently, the GPSC's Internship program has 4 full-time internship slots available each year. Full-time is defined as (40 to 44 hours per week) generating a total of 2,000 hours over a 12-month period. Interns complete their entire internship at the Goodman Center Clinic and participate weekly in 1-hour group supervision and 2-hour didactic seminars at the center. Group supervision is led by a licensed psychologist, and didactics are either led by psychologists or experts in the field related to the topic. Albizu University provides didactic trainings throughout the year and all interns are welcomed to attend.
Currently the internship program is exclusively affiliated with the Doctoral Program of Albizu University. We are only accepting doctoral students from Albizu University.
Program Philosophy & Training Model
The aim of the internship program is to prepare Interns for general practice in clinical psychology as informed by scholarly inquiry with a thorough grounding in psychological theory, assessment, diagnosis, intervention, supervision, consultation, professional values & attitudes, communication & interpersonal skills, and research. The Internship program seeks to prepare Interns in the theories and concepts of cultural and individual diversity and in their application to the practice of professional psychology.
The GPSC Doctoral in Clinical Psychology Internship Program is based on the practitioner-scholar model, a method of professional practice and scholarly inquiry, which is based on the science of psychology. The training model of the Doctoral Internship program is consistent with the mission of the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at CAU, which emphasizes the importance of both utilizing best practices and scholarly inquiry. It is expected that upon completion of the program, Interns will have satisfied all of the Internship requirements for state licensure as a psychologist and will be prepared to enter postdoctoral residency program in clinical psychology.
Aims and Competencies
Interns will demonstrate professional behaviors in scholarly inquiry and application of current scientific knowledge for effective practice.
- Interns are expected to display necessary self-direction in gathering clinical and research information practice independently and competently. Intern will seek out current scientific knowledge as needed to enhance knowledge about clinical practice and other relevant areas.
- Interns are expected to develop and implement a plan for research or other professional writing or presentation.
- Interns will seek out and understand scientific literature regarding their cases and have knowledge of the implications of research for practice.
- Interns will apply evidenced-based research for interventions and assessments with individuals, families, and groups. Cultural characteristics and environmental variables will be taken into account.
Interns will be able to demonstrate professional, ethical conduct and knowledge of legal matters that is reflective of the values and attitudes in the field of psychology.
Ethical and legal standards competencies:
- Interns are expected to know and understand the APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct, Florida Board of Psychological Ethical Principles, and other relevant standards and guidelines, laws, statutes, and regulations.
- Interns are expected to use professional and appropriate interactions in didactics, seminars, and treatment team meetings, with peers and supervisors, and seek peer support as needed.
- Interns are expected to seek consultation or supervision as needed and use it productively when presented with ethical dilemmas.
- Interns will demonstrate positive coping strategies with personal and professional stressors and challenges, and maintains professional functioning and quality patient care.
- Interns will be responsible for key patient care tasks (i.e., phone calls, letters, psychological reports), and complete tasks promptly. All patient contacts, including scheduled and unscheduled appointments, and phone contacts are well documented. Records include crucial information.
- Interns will be efficient and use effective time management. They will keep scheduled appointments and meetings on time. Keep supervisors aware of whereabouts as needed. They will minimize unplanned leave, whenever possible.
- Interns will demonstrate good knowledge of ethical principles and state law. They will consistently apply these appropriately, seeking consultation as needed.
Interns will be able to work professionally with diverse individuals, groups, and communities who represent various cultural backgrounds.
Individual and cultural diversity competencies:
- Interns are expected to consistently achieve a good rapport with patients.
- Interns are expected to be aware of their own background and its impact on clients. They will be committed to continue to explore own cultural identity issues and relationship to clinical work
- Interns are expected to be sensitive to the cultural and individual diversity of patients and be committed to providing culturally competent services.
- Interns are expected to integrate and apply theory, research, and professional guidelines when working with diverse individuals, families, groups, and members of community-based organizations.
Interns will be able to demonstrate professional values, attitudes, and behaviors that are reflective of what’s expected in the field of psychology.
Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors competencies:
- Interns will demonstrate their identity as a psychologist, which will include awareness of their competence in clinical and assessment practices.
- Interns are expected to demonstrate a professional approach that is respectful and helpful.
- Interns will demonstrate positive coping strategies with personal and professional stressors and challenges, and maintain professional functioning and quality patient care.
- Interns will demonstrate the importance of the welfare of others.
- Interns will use professional resources (such as supervision, training, and consultation) to improve clinical skills.
Interns will demonstrate professional communication and interpersonal skills that are reflective of what is expected in the field of psychology.
Communications and interpersonal skills competencies:
- Interns will demonstrate ability to develop working relationships with clients and show conflict management skills when challenges arise.
- Interns will demonstrate appropriate professional boundaries throughout the training year with peers, supervisors, staff, and community-based organizations.
- Interns will demonstrate collaboration abilities with their peers and staff.
- Interns are expected to be respectful towards supervisors, peers, support staff, and others in community-based organizations.
- Interns are expected to be active participants in supervision and work in a collaborative manner.
- Interns will demonstrate their ability to listen to supervisory recommendations and provide feedback.
- Interns are expected to communicate their needs effectively and gradually become more independent of supervisory needs.
Interns will demonstrate professional behaviors in the area of assessment and diagnosis with the population served.
- Interns are expected to demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of psychiatric diagnostic nomenclature and DSM-5 classification. They will utilize historical, interview and psychometric data to diagnose accurately.
- Interns are expected to promptly administer commonly used tests in his/her area of practice. They will appropriately choose the tests to be administered and demonstrate competence in administering a variety of assessment measures including but not limited to intelligence and achievement tests, as well as personality/social and behavioral measures.
- Interns will be able to write well-organized psychological reports that will answer the referral question clearly and provide the referral source with specific recommendations.
- Interns will plan and carry out a feedback interview. They will explain the test results in terms that patient and/or caregiver can understand, provide suitable recommendations and respond to issues raised by patient or caregiver.
Interns will demonstrate professional behaviors in the area of diagnosis and effective psychotherapeutic interventions needed for the population served.
- Interns are expected to effectively evaluate, manage and document patient risk by assessing immediate concerns such as suicidality, homicidality, and any other safety issues. They will collaborate with patients in crisis to make appropriate short-term safety plans and intensify treatment as needed. They will discuss all applicable confidentiality issues openly with patients.
- Interns are expected to formulate a useful case conceptualization that draws on theoretical and research knowledge. They will collaborate with patient to form appropriate treatment goals.
- Interns are expected to use interventions that are well-timed, effective and consistent with empirically supported treatments.
- Interns are expected to effectively understand and use own emotional reactions to the patient productively in the treatment (countertransference).
Interns will be able to monitor the professional functioning of others through effective mentoring and supervision of practicum students and didactic trainings.
- Interns are expected to demonstrate good knowledge of mentoring techniques and employ these skills in a consistent and effective manner, seeking consultation as needed. They also build good rapport with mentee.
- Interns will learn evidence based theories and models of supervision.
- Interns will utilize supervisory skills with practicum students.
Interns will demonstrate professional consultation with community members/agencies that are responsive to the needs of the individuals served.
Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills competencies:
- Interns are expected to perform an assessment of the patient referred for consultation, incorporating mental status exam, structured interview techniques or psychological assessment, as needed, to answer the referral question.
- Interns are expected to give the appropriate level of guidance when providing consultation to other health care professionals, taking into account their level of knowledge about psychological theories, methods and principles.