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. 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 our intern competency evaluation. Interns meet with the Director of Internship Training to coordinate integration into their primary placement (which is pre-set based on the track to which they applied and were matched). In conjunction with the Director of Internship Training, interns also choose a secondary placement, which will also be a full year placement. Secondary rotations are chosen based on intern interest. However, interns are encouraged to consider a placement which will provide some divergence from their primary placement.
By the third week interns will begin the transition to their primary and secondary rotations. They will have one NJ 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 toward develop of 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. The didactic seminars focus on evidence based treatment, psychological assessment, ethics and ethical practice, culture and diversity, psychopharmacology, career management, consultation and supervision. Interns will also participate in ongoing case conferences focused on case conceptualization, articulation of clinical thinking, intervention, ethics, cultural components of treatment and outcomes. 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 three psychologists. Likewise, interns will do a research presentation (based on their dissertation, if possible) to a panel of two psychologists. This presentation will subsequently be redeveloped into a consumer based training, e.g. to staff, clientele, etc. as well as a presentation to their peers within the didactic program. Finally, all interns are required to complete four psychological testing batteries including integrated testing reports and provision of feedback to the referring clinician, as well as the client tested.