Interns begin our program during the first week of September. There is an intensive two week orientation program, during which the interns get to meet the supervisors representing all the major and minor training sites. Also during this time period, there are numerous activities and trainings designed to fully educate and orient the new intern to the organization, as well as to the requirements of the internship. Interns are asked to assess their strengths and weaknesses by means of filling out the intern competency evaluation. Interns meet with the Internship Director to commence integration into their primary placement (which is pre-set based on the track to which they applied and were matched). In conjunction with the Internship Director, interns also choose secondary placement, which will also run for the full year. Secondary rotations are chosen by considering intern interest. However, interns are encouraged to consider a placement which will provide some divergence from their primary placement, e.g. child/adolescent interns can choose an adult rotation as secondary and vice versa.
By the third week interns will begin the transition to their primary and secondary rotations. They will have one licensed psychologist per site who will serve as their supervisor at that site. This supervisor will be responsible for all supervision, both individual and group, at that site. Each supervisor will also serve as the primary evaluator of the intern's competency development over the year. These clinical rotations will provide a rich array of clinical training experience which will include a depth and breadth of opportunity to develop clinical competence. Training will also focus on sharpening awareness of ethical practice and cultural competence. These clinical rotations will account for approximately 4 days per week.
The fifth day is a didactic day. This includes three separate seminars which collectively focus on issues such as empirically validated treatments, assessment and interventions with specific diagnostic groups, psychological assessment, tests and measures, ethics, risk assessment and management, cultural competency, psychopharmacology, quality improvement, career tracks in psychology, effective lecturing skills and in-house research. In addition to the above requirements, all interns will be involved in a quality improvement project, focused on improving some aspect of the internship. Interns will also participate in ongoing case conferences focused on case conceptualization and articulation of clinical thinking, decision making and intervention. The case conferences will culminate in a final case conference exercise in which each intern does an extensive case write-up and formal presentation to a panel of psychologists on which they are formally critiqued. Additionally, each intern will be responsible for providing two trainings (with specified goals and objectives). Finally, all interns are required to complete 5 psychological testing batteries including integrated testing reports and provision of feedback to the referring clinician, as well as the client tested.