Program Goals Objectives, Expected Competencies

Internship Training Program in Clinical Psychology

The primary goal of the training program is to provide interns with an experience that will prepare them to be competent, well-rounded, entry-level psychologists with special competency in working with a diverse population. They are receiving specialized training in the substantive areas of clinical/counseling psychology. The competencies expected of the trainees are described in the objectives set for the program and they are measurable indicators of behavioral change and skills as follows:

  • 5 denotes Superior for entry level Ph.D. / Psy.D.

  • 4 denotes Adequate for entry level Ph.D. / Psy.D.

  • 3 denotes Adequate for intern in training

  • 2 denotes Inadequate for intern in training

  • 1 denotes Serious Difficulty in this area

Goal #1:

To produce new professional with Ph.D./ Psy. D. entry level skills and knowledge in providing counseling and psychotherapy services to diverse populations.

Objectives for Goal #1:

  • To provide individual counseling and psychotherapy to diverse populations

  • To demonstrate understanding of professional ethics and standards of psychologists

  • To attain professional competence in multiculturalism and diversity

Competencies Expected for Goal #1:

  • Demonstrate competency in the knowledge of counseling/psychotherapy theory

  • Demonstrate ability to link diagnosis, theory, and intervention

  • Demonstrate ability to  formulate relevant short-term and long-term goals for therapy

  • Demonstrate competencies in establishing a working therapeutic alliance with client

  • Demonstrate sensitivity to client concerns

  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of the therapeutic process

  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of his/her own personal issues and biases that may interfere with the therapeutic process

  • Demonstrate ability to make appropriate interventions

  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills in client contacts

  • Demonstrate understanding of factors associated with race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and physical disability

  • Demonstrate competency in crisis intervention

  • Demonstrate ability to make accurate assessment of client progress

  • Demonstrate knowledge of when and how to terminate clinical work with a client

  • Demonstrate ability to maintain appropriate records

Ethical Competencies Expected:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the laws that apply to psychologists in the respective jurisdictions

  • Demonstrate sensitivity and responsibility for handling ethical issues in accordance with the ethical standards of psychologists

  • Demonstrate knowledge of her/his own limits and is able to determine when a client’s needs exceed her/his capabilities and seek consultation

  • Demonstrate ability to maintain appropriate client-therapist relationships

 Multiculturalism and Diversity Competencies Expected:

  • Demonstrate ability to recognize ways one’s beliefs and attitudes can detrimentally influence individuals who are different in race, ethnicity, and other areas of diversity

  • Demonstrate ability to recognize the importance of multicultural sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of diverse individuals

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply culturally-appropriate skills in clinical and other applied psychological practices

  • Recognize the importance of conducting and/or incorporating culture-centered research

 How Outcomes are Measured and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for

 Goal #1:

  • Outcomes are measured by scheduled formal written evaluations, on-going weekly supervision and post-employment activities that make use of interns' individual counseling  and psychotherapy skills.

  • The minimum thresholds of achievement for the first and second trimesters is a rating of 3 on the evaluation form which denotes a skill level adequate for intern in training. The minimum threshold for achievement by the end of the third trimester is a rating of 4 on the evaluation form with denotes a skill level adequate for entry level PH. D. / Psy. D

 Goal #2:


To produce new professionals with Ph.D. / Psy.D. entry-level skills and knowledge in clinical and diagnostic assessment

Objectives for Goal #2:

  • To conduct psychological and diagnostic assessment

  • To demonstrate understanding of professional ethics and standards of psychologists

  • To attain professional competence in multiculturalism and diversity

 Competencies Expected for Goal #2:

  • Demonstrate understanding of formal assessment.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate use of assessment devices.

  • Demonstrate ability to collect and integrate relevant test data.

  • Demonstrate ability to articulate diagnostic impressions, formulations, and hypotheses.

  • Demonstrate ability to adequately conceptualize testing case.

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  • Demonstrate ability to complete testing assignments in a timely manner.

 

 Ethical Competencies Expected:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the laws that apply to psychologists in the respective jurisdictions

  • Demonstrate sensitivity and responsibility for handling ethical issues in accordance with the ethical standards of psychologists

  • Demonstrate knowledge of her/his own limits and is able to determine when a client’s needs exceed her/his capabilities and seek consultation

  • Demonstrate ability to maintain appropriate client-therapist relationships

 

  Multiculturalism and Diversity Competencies Expected:

  • Demonstrate ability to recognize ways one’s beliefs and attitudes can detrimentally influence individuals who are different in race, ethnicity, and other areas of diversity

  • Demonstrate ability to recognize the importance of multicultural sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of diverse individuals

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply culturally-appropriate skills in diagnostic and assessment interventions

  • Recognize the importance of conducting and/or incorporating culture-centered research

   How Outcomes are Measured Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Goal #2:

  • Outcomes are measured by scheduled formal written evaluations, ongoing weekly supervision sessions with assessment supervisor, and post-employment activities that make use of interns’ clinical and diagnostic assessment  skills.

  • The minimum threshold for achievement for the first and second trimesters is a rating of 3 on the evaluation form which denotes a skill level “adequate for an intern in training. The minimum threshold for achievement by the end of the third trimester is a rating of 4 on the evaluation form which denotes a skill level “adequate for entry-level Ph.D./Psy.D.

 Goal #3:
        To produce new professionals with Ph.D. / Psy.D. entry level skills and knowledge in conducting groups (counseling, psychotherapy)

 Objectives for Goal #3:

  • To conduct counseling and psychotherapy groups

  • To demonstrate understanding of professional ethics and standards for psychologists

  • To attain professional competence in multiculturalism and diversity

 Competencies Expected:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of theories of group psychotherapy and counseling

  • Demonstrate ability to link theory, diagnosis and intervention

  • Demonstrate knowledge of screening and selection of clients appropriate for group

  • Formulate relevant goals, objectives, or plans for group members

  • Demonstrate awareness of group process

  • Demonstrate awareness/understanding of one's own emotional response to group members

  • Demonstrate awareness/understanding of impact of one's self on the group

  • Demonstrate ability to handle conflict within the group

  • Demonstrate flexibility in intervention and/or style

  • Demonstrate knowledge of how and when to end a group

  • Serve as an appropriate role model for group members

  • Make effective use of group process interventions

  • Effectively collaborate with group's co-leader to facilitate group's progress

  • Contribute to the overall function of the group

  • Ethical Competencies Expected:

    • Demonstrate knowledge of the laws that apply to psychologists in the respective jurisdictions

    • Demonstrate sensitivity and responsibility for handling ethical issues in accordance with the ethical standards of psychologists

    • Demonstrate knowledge of her/his own limits and is able to determine when a client’s needs exceed her/his capabilities and seek consultation

    • Demonstrate ability to maintain appropriate client-therapist relationship

    Multiculturalism and Diversity Competencies Expected:

    • Demonstrate ability to recognize ways one’s beliefs and attitudes can detrimentally influence individuals who are different in race, ethnicity, and other areas of diversity

    • Demonstrate ability to recognize the importance of multicultural sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of diverse individuals

    • Demonstrate the ability to apply culturally-appropriate skills in conducting groups

    • Recognize the importance of conducting and/or incorporating culture-centered research

    How Outcomes are Measured and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Goal #3:

    • Outcomes are measured by scheduled formal written evaluations, on-going weekly  group supervision sessions, and post-employment activities that make use of interns’ group counseling and psychotherapy skills

    • The minimum threshold for achievement for the first and second trimesters is a rating of 3 on the evaluation form which denotes a skill level “adequate for an intern in training. The minimum threshold for achievement by the end of the third trimester is a rating of 4 on the evaluation form which denotes a skill level “adequate for entry-level Ph.D./Psy.D.

    Goal #4:

    To produce new professionals with entry-level Ph.D. / Psy.D. skills and knowledge in consultation and outreach

     

    Objectives for Goal #4:

    • To render consultation and outreach services

    • To demonstrate understanding of professional ethics and standards of psychologists

    • To attain professional competence in multiculturalism and diversity

     Competencies Expected:

    • Demonstrate theoretical/conceptual knowledge of consultation

    • Demonstrate theoretical/conceptual knowledge of program development

    • Demonstrate ability to formulate relevant goals and objectives for consultation/outreach programs

    • Demonstrate acquisition of effective delivery skills in consultative work

    • Demonstrate competency in workshop delivery skills

    • Demonstrate ability to serve as a representative to the campus community

    • Demonstrate flexibility

    • Demonstrate genuineness and commitment in making presentations

    • Demonstrate appropriate self reliance

    How Outcomes are Measured and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Goal #4:

    • Outcomes are measured by scheduled written evaluations, ongoing weekly supervision sessions with outreach supervisor, participant evaluations, and post-employment activities that make use of interns’ consultation and outreach skills.
      The minimum threshold for achievement for the first and second trimesters is a rating of 3 on the evaluation form which denotes a skill level “adequate for an intern in training. The minimum threshold for achievement by the end of the third trimester is a rating of 4 on the evaluation form which denotes a skill level “adequate for entry-level Ph.D./Psy.D.

    Goal #5:

    To produce new professionals with entry-level Ph.D./Psy.D. skills and knowledge in providing clinical supervision to non-Ph.D. clinicians.


    Objectives for Goal #5:

    • To provide clinically sound supervision for beginning Master’s-level graduate students

    • To demonstrate understanding of professional ethics and standards for psychologists

    • To attain professional competence in multiculturalism and diversity 

             

    Competencies Expected:

    • Demonstrate competency in the area of theories in clinical supervision

    • Demonstrate competency in the knowledge of counseling/psychotherapy theory

    • Demonstrate ability to link diagnosis, theory, and intervention

    • Demonstrate ability to formulate relevant short-term and long-term goals and objectives for supervision

    • Demonstrate competency in establishing a working supervisory relationship with supervisee

    • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of the supervisory process

    • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of his/her own personal issues and biases that may affect the supervisory process

    • Demonstrate willingness to self-disclose and/or explore a personal issue which may affect the supervisory process

    • Demonstrate ability to make appropriate interventions and interpretations

    • Demonstrate interpersonal skills in supervisee contacts

    • Demonstrate competency in crisis intervention

    • Demonstrate flexibility in supervisory interventions and/or style

    Ethical Competencies Expected

    • Demonstrate knowledge of the laws that apply to psychologists in the respective jurisdictions

    • Demonstrate sensitivity and responsibility for handling ethical issues in accordance with the ethical standards of psychologists

    • Demonstrate knowledge of her/his own limits and is able to determine when a supervisee’s needs exceed her/his capabilities and seek consultation

    • Demonstrate ability to maintain appropriate supervisee-supervisor relationships

    Multiculturalism and Diversity Competencies Expected:

    • Demonstrate ability to recognize ways one’s beliefs and attitudes can detrimentally influence individuals who are different in race, ethnicity, and other areas of diversity

    • Demonstrate ability to recognize the importance of multicultural sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of diverse individuals

    • Demonstrate the ability to apply culturally-appropriate skills in clinical/supervisory and other applied psychological practices

    • Recognize the importance of conducting and/or incorporating culture-centered research

     

    How Outcomes are Measured and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Goal #5:

    • Outcomes are measured by scheduled written evaluations, ongoing weekly supervision sessions with supervisor of component, supervisee evaluations, and post-employment activities that make use of interns’ supervisory skills

    • The minimum threshold for achievement for the first and second trimesters is a rating of 3 on the evaluation form which denotes a skill level “adequate for an intern in training. The minimum threshold for achievement by the end of the third trimester is a rating of 4 on the evaluation form which denotes a skill level “adequate for entry-level Ph.D./Psy.D.

    Goal #6:

    To produce new professionals with entry-level Ph.D./Psy.D. skills and knowledge in teaching

    Objective for Goal #6

    • To develop the skills necessary to become an effective instructor of course content that is delivered over a sixteen-week period

    • To demonstrate understanding of professional ethics and standards for psychologists

    • To attain professional competence in multiculturalism and diversity

    Competencies Expected:

    • Demonstrate competency in the area of establishing a teaching relationship with students.

    • Demonstrate the ability to deliver effective lectures.

    • Demonstrate competency in knowledge of counseling theory

    • Demonstrate understanding of how the factors of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and physical disability must be considered, integrated, and communicated within the lecture.

    • Demonstrate competency in crisis intervention.

    • Demonstrate sensitivity to student concerns.

    • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of personal issues and biases that may interfere with the transfer of knowledge in the lecture

    • Demonstrate the ability to communicate the significant of all aspects of the therapeutic relationship from intake and informed consent to termination in the course of the lectures presented

    • Demonstrate appropriate use of supervision

    • Demonstrate flexibility in supervisory interventions and/or style

    Ethical Competencies Expected

    • Demonstrate knowledge of the laws that apply to psychologists in the respective jurisdictions

    • Demonstrate sensitivity and responsibility for handling ethical issues in accordance with the ethical standards of psychologists

    • Demonstrate knowledge of her/his own limits and is able to determine when a student’s needs exceed her/his capabilities and seek consultation

    • Demonstrate ability to maintain appropriate instructor-student relationships

    Multiculturalism and Diversity Competencies Expected:

    • Demonstrate ability to recognize ways one’s beliefs and attitudes can detrimentally influence individuals who are different in race, ethnicity, and other areas of diversity

    • Demonstrate ability to recognize the importance of multicultural sensitivity, knowledge, and understanding of diverse individuals

    • Demonstrate the ability to apply culturally-appropriate skills in teaching and other applied psychological practices

    • Recognize the importance of incorporating culture-centered research into lectures

    How Outcomes are Measured and Minimum Thresholds for Achievement for Goal #6:

    • Outcomes are measured by scheduled written evaluations, ongoing weekly supervision sessions with Microcounseling supervisor,  and post-employment activities that make use of interns’ teaching skills

    • The minimum threshold for achievement is a rating of 4 on the evaluation form which denotes a skill level “adequate for entry-level Ph.D./Psy.D.

    Last updated June, 2014