Site Name: University of Pennsylvania
Department: Counseling and Psychological Services
Applicants have a series of three, 45 minute meetings during their 1/2 day interview. Each applicant meets with the Training Director and two different multidisciplinary groups of staff members. Applicants will be asked to read and respond to questions about a sample clinical case during one of the meetings with staff members. All of the applicants on a given interview day are invited to have lunch as a group with the five current interns, as a vehicle for learning more about the program from the interns' perspectives. Interviews are typically scheduled between December 15 and January 10. In-person interviews are ideal, but since they are not financially feasible for all applicants, skype or telelphone interviews are also offered.
The internship program at CAPS emphasizes learning through closely supervised clinical practice. Interns receive intensive training and experience in performing central responsibilities of a psychologist in a multidisciplinary counseling center setting including: individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, diagnostic assessment, crisis consultation, supervision, and outreach. The internship also strives to foster intrinsic growth in the areas of multicultural competence, social justice, ethical practice, and professional identity development. A Multidisciplinary Approach: As a center whose staff is comprised of licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers, we value a multidisciplinary approach to training and service delivery and emphasize the development of the capacity to work collaboratively with psychology colleagues and professionals from other disciplines. Multicultural Competence:The University of Pennsylvania is a culturally diverse institution, with students from all over the country and all over the world, and with many forms of diversity represented. We are committed to training interns to develop the self-awareness, knowledge and skills needed to work effectively in this environment as a therapist, consultant, and advocate for change. Ethical Practice: We strive to train interns who will become practitioners with the highest ethical standards. We particularly value the use of consultation and collaboration in ethical decision-making and interns have many opportunities to see this in action in multidisciplinary team meetings and formal and informal staff collaboration meetings. Professional Identity Development: We view the internship as the capstone of clinical psychology training. We believe that the strong generalist skills they attain through our internship will enable interns to become psychologists prepared to work in university counseling centers as well as a multitude of other professional settings.
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Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or experiences may be available at all consortium sites, and some internship programs may not have updated this information recently. Please consult the program's web site
http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/caps/ or other application materials for a complete description of the training opportunities available at each site.