Program Highlights

  • Clinical Experience
  • All interns participate in a 3 day major rotation and a one day minor rotation. The rotations emphasize direct experience within the context of an interdisciplinary team. Treatment emphasizes understanding of relevant literature/research and implementation of empirically based interventions. Interns will also be exposed to interprofessional consultation. There will be a minimum of 500 face-to-face hours of clinical contact accrued over the internship year.

  • Supervision
  • Interns work under the supervision of New Jersey licensed psychologists. There is a supervisor for the primary rotation as well as a separate supervisor for the secondary rotation. Interns work closely with their supervisors sequentially observing them, being observed by them, video/audiotaping their sessions and ultimately representing their work verbally. Interns are observed at least once per evaluation cycle. Supervisors provide ongoing formative feedback. Three times per year, supervisors formally evaluate the intern and provide summative feedback. We provide 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.

  • Didactic Training
  • The experiential aspects of the program are enhanced by a weekly didactic day. On Wednesdays the interns come together as a group for a series of seminars. Didactic seminars focus on evidence based treatment approaches, assessment, culture and diversity, ethics, supervision, consultation, career management and psychopharmacology. The didactic program also includes ongoing case conferences for discussion of intern cases.

  • Psychological Assessment
  • Interns will be responsible for the completion of 4 testing batteries including the writing of requisite integrated reports. The testing cases will cover a range of referral questions from a broad base of referral sources. Assessment experiences could include neuropsychological evaluation, personality assessment, assessment for autism spectrum diagnosis, ADHD evaluations, intellectual functioning evaluation, functional behavioral assessment, etc. Interns will be paired with an assessment supervisor for the year. They will work with that supervisor to strategize, plan and execute appropriate 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.

  • Culture and Diversity
  • 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 multicultural exposure is a key component of our training mission.

  • Final Case Presentation
  • In July of the internship year, each intern participates in a final formal case presentation. As an opportunity to present their summative competence, each intern prepares a case study including theoretical overview, full assessment, treatment planning, evidence based interventions and outcomes. They then present the case to a panel of three NJ licensed psychologists in an oral format, following a discussion and defense model.

  • Research
  • In January, interns will be expected to formally demonstrate competence in research, by presenting a brief research paper (based on their dissertation when possible) to a panel of two psychologists. This presenting exercise will also follow a discussion and defense model. The presentation will then be redeveloped and modified into two seperate trainings. One will be for an internship site based consumer group, e.g. staff, clientele, etc. The second will be for their fellow interns to be presented within our didactic program.

  • Additional Training Opportunities
  • 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, within 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.

  • Support
  • Interns receive a stipend of $25,000 for the year. Additionally there are vacation, personal and sick time benefits as well as training time. Health benefits are provided as per Rutgers policy. Health insurance coverage commences in November. Interns have their own office and computer. The internship is supported and highly regarded administratively. Interns are valued by the institution. It is not unusual for interns to be hired as professional staff after the end of the internship year.

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