- Clinical Experience
- Didactic Training
- Psychological Assessment
- Culture and Diversity
- Final Case Presentation
- Additional Training Opportunities
All interns participate in a 3 day major rotation and a 5 to 8 hour minor rotation. The rotations emphasize direct experience in assessment, treatment planning and disposition, provision of treatment within numerous therapeutic modalities and functioning as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Treatment emphasizes understanding of relevant literature/research and implementation of empirically based interventions. Interns will also be exposed to consultation. There will be a minimum of 500 face-to-face hours of clinical contact accrued over the internship year.
Interns work under the supervision of a licensed psychologist who is also a seasoned clinical staff member within the rotation. There is a supervisor for the primary rotation and a separate supervisor for the secondary rotation. Interns work closely with their supervisors sequentially observing them, being observed by them, video or audiotaping their sessions and ultimately representing their work verbally. Supervisors provide ongoing formative feedback. Three times per year, they formally evaluate the intern and provide summative feedback. There is a minimum of 200 hours of face-to-face supervision, of which a minimum of 100 hours is individual, over the course of the internship year.
The experiential aspects of the program are enhanced by a weekly didactic day. On Wednesdays the interns are able to come together as a group from their diverse rotations for a series of three seminars. The Psychology Seminar focuses on empirically validated treatment approaches, assessment and treatment of specific diagnostic groups, psychopharmacology and research of in-house psychologists. The Assessment Seminar focuses on understanding and use of a variety of testing instruments, behavioral assessment, specialized aspects of testing across the life span, writing of integrated reports and provision of feedback to the referral source as well as the person assessed. It also includes periodic case conferences. The Specialized Topics in Psychology seminar covers cultural competence and diversity, effective lecturing, professional development, ethics and quality improvement.
Interns will be responsible for the completion of 5 full testing batteries and the writing of requisite integrated reports. The testing cases will cover a range of referral questions from a broad scope of populations. Issues might include dementia diagnosis, forensic risk assessment, neuropsychological evaluation, personality assessment, assessment for autism spectrum diagnosis, ADHD evaluations, intellectual functioning, etc. Interns will be paired with an assessment supervisor with whom they will strategize and plan interviewing, test choices, scoring, integration of results, report write up and provision of feedback. Interns will also have opportunity to present their work at the Assessment Seminar. The assessment supervisor will also provide a rating of the intern's performance and provide summative feedback.
Central New Jersey is one of the most ethnically, religiously and culturally diverse areas of the country. This diversity is clearly reflected in our patient population. Interns will have a unique opportunity to work with a remarkably heterogeneous clientele. Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care also prides itself in its commitment to diversity. This internship offers the opportunity to work amongst an equally diverse group of professional and support staff. Cultural Competence is part of our core curriculum, and additional day long trainings are offered through our affiliate, the Family and Multi-Cultural Institute. We consider diversity within our interns to be the bedrock of training in cultural competence.
Toward the end of the internship year, each intern participates in a final formal case presentation. As an opportunity to present an example of their year's work, the intern prepares a case study including full assessment, treatment planning, interventions and outcomes. They then present the case to a panel of several NJ licensed psychologists in an oral format, built around discussion and defense.
Over the course of the year, the interns will be expected to demonstrate competence at lecturing and presentation by developing two trainings for a focused target audience identified through the internship. The presentation may be based on intern's own research or dissertation, a specialized area of interest or a request for a particular type of training. Interns will be responsible for developing goals and objectives and putting together appropriate training materials. They will be rated by the participating audience.
Aside from the didactic component of the internship, there are many ancillary opportunities for additional training. UBHC's internal Training and Consultation department offers a rich variety of trainings over the year. RWJ Medical School Department of Psychiatry offers Grand Rounds twice per month in which international experts in a range of focal topic areas present their work. UBHC also offers a broad range of useful web-based trainings. On a more informal level staff and faculty are available for consultation and discussion. Interns also have access to the Rutgers Library of Science and Medicine, as well as to Rutgers University's other libraries.
Interns receive a stipend of $25,000 for the year. Additionally there are ten days off and health benefits as per Rutgers policy. Interns also have their own office and computer. The internship is supported and highly regarded administratively. Interns are valued by the institution. This is evidenced by the high rate of retention of former interns, who are often hired as professional staff after the end of the internship year.