Site Name: Miami-Dade County
Department: Community Action & Human Services Department
Individual interviews are scheduled with the Training Committee members, Training Director, and a Current Intern. The interview format is a panel conducting a structured interview. The overall process may range from 45 minutes to an hour. Applicants have the opportunity to schedule a tour to any of our Departmental programs. Applicants are notified via email of their scheduled interview dates. On-site interviews are preferred; however, phone and Skype interviews are available to accomodate applicants. They are also welcome to contact the intern present in the interview panel later on with any questions they may have about the internship program.
The Miami-Dade County Psychology Internship Program's overall aim is to prepare interns to be health service psychologists at the entry level. This is achieved through a general track, exposing students to a varied population ranging from young children to older adults. Interns have the opportunity to work with diverse clients which includes children, adolescents and adults. Additionally, cultural and individual diversity is embedded across all programs. The Community Action and Human Services Department is the social services agency of Miami-Dade County and offers clinical experience in the following programs: substance abuse, pre-school children, older adults and adults with disabilities, young adults working towards educational and occupational goals, and domestic violence and human trafficking victims. Interns will implement evidence based interventions tailored to meet client's individual needs by simultaneously providing services in a child and adult rotation during the internship year. Testing opportunities are available throughout different programs ( substance abuse program, older adults, and Head Start). Clinical supervisors oversee these service areas, mentoring the interns and exposing them to an array of theoretical orientations. Interns are an intricate part of the programs' multi-disciplinary teams and participate in professional development activities, such as staffings, program evaluation, consultation, community outreach, advocacy, etc. This is an opportunity to enhance communication and inter-profesional skills through on-going consultation with a variety of professional staff. Interns also work closely with the practicum students; they are exposed to a supervisory role with the master level psychology students through our Mentor-Practitioner model. There are also opportunities for the interns to participate in providing professional presentations and staff trainings within the Department and the community, fostering scholarly inquiry and dissemination of research. As Miami-Dade County employees, interns may experience legal and ethical issues in their day to day responsibilities, and thus have the opportunity to receive supervision and education around these matters. Throughout the internship, professional values and behaviors are further developed to help prepare the intern to become a competent health service psycholgist. For detailed information about our internship program, download our Handbook on Psychology Internship Training from our website, www.miamidade.gov/socialservices/psychology-internship.asp
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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
www.miamidade.gov/socialservices/psychology-internship.asp or other application materials for a complete description of the training opportunities available at each site.