The internship program consists of a common core of experiences to facilitate a basic set of competencies upon completion of the program. Specifically, this core includes a set of clinical experiences, didactic experiences, and several teaching experiences. Within this core, there is considerable opportunity for choice and variation. In addition, a wide range of elective rotations is also provided.
Core Clinical Program
- Core Assessment Rotations:
- Acute/Crisis Evaluations
- Outpatient Intake Evaluations
- Psychological Testing
- Core Treatment Rotations:
- Outpatient Level of Care
- Partial Hospital Level of Care (Milieu Programs)
- Group Therapy (often met within partial hospital programs)
Case Competency Assessment
Core Didactic Experiences
- Assessment Seminar
- Diversity Seminar
- Evidence-Based Mental Health (with advanced psychiatry residents and fellows)
- Prison-Lecture Series (Mandatory for Forensic Interns, optional for others)
- Summer Orientation Experiences, including community tours, History of Newark,
Crisis Intervention, orientation to systems, etc)
Core Teaching Experience
Interns are asked to offer a presentation in an area of expertise to one of their core rotation units, to share their strengths, and help develop positive staff relationships. They are also asked to conduct one presentation in the community of Newark, to promote outreach and address an area of community need.
The rotation locations for the core program varies depending upon the intern’s track (adult, forensic adult, or child). The elective clinical rotations are planned according to each intern’s interests, goals, and needs. Within the elective rotations, students have the opportunity to have experiences outside of their primary track, with clients of different ages and developmental levels.
Throughout the program, emphasis is placed on the quality of the training experience, and service needs are met primarily by clinical staff. Supervision is provided in each of the clinical experiences, and interns typically participate in team meetings at each rotation. In addition, various didactic experiences are conducted together with students from different programs (e.g., child and adult interns, psychiatry residents, psychiatry fellows, social work students), so that psychology interns in each track are enriched by the presence of varied perspectives. Finally, some of the elective experiences also include a didactic component that allows students to develop a deeper understanding of that specialty area.