The experiences available to interns of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler Psychology Internship Program are extensive and diverse. Housed in an academic health center, the internship program offers opportunities to interface at many levels in a medical setting. Interns learn to collaborate with physicians, physicians-in-training, nurses, dietitians, pharmacy students, medical students and other consultants. They play a vital role in the care of both medical and psychiatric patients.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler Psychology Internship Program began its first training cohort in July 2015, after participating in the Lone Star Psychology Internship Consortium for two years. In October 2015 the program gained membership to APPIC. October 28, 2016, the program became accredited by APA with the status: "Accreditation on contingency." "Accreditation on Contingency" does signify the program is accredited, and is often a designation for young programs that do not yet have several years' of past cohort data at the time of accreditation.
The internship program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler provides health service psychology (clinical) training in an academic health center, with a focus on Integrated Behavioral Health. This experience provides both short-term and long-term intervention and consultation in health and mental health areas. Opportunities for assessments include child evaluations, pain treatment planning, pre-surgical readiness, ADHD, memory screens, neuropsychological evaluations, and other areas of concern as needed. In addition to training at the academic health center, interns will rotate not only at the onsite psychiatric units but also at two local State Hospitals for experience in severe and persistent mental illness and forensic evaluation. In sum, experiences include:
- Integrated Behavioral Health interventions (psychotherapy and consultation) throughout the hospital as well as the Family Medicine Residency Clinic, North Tyler Clinic, Emergency Department, and Internal Medicine Residency Clinic in Longview.
- Interventions with the Palliative Care team, in Oncology and other settings.
- Testing referrals for memory screens, pre-surgical evaluations, ADHD, pain evaluations, dementia, neuropsychological assessment.
- Group therapy on acute and subacute psychiatry (in-house) units,
- Psychotherapy and testing one day per week on psychiatric units on campus and at two State Hospitals (one day a week, 3 months at each site),
- Psychotherapy and testing in on-site child and adolescent psychology,
- Supervision of Master's level students in their practica experiences at our sister campus, UT Tyler,
- Substance Use Disorder and Opioid assessment experience, and
- Scholarly activity in Quality Improvement and other projects