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. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic no in-person interviews will be granted. This protocol prioritizes the health and safety of applicants and staff and helps to facilitate equity. Phone or virtual interviews will be offered. The current platforms utilized are Zoom and Skype. Applicants are notified via email of their scheduled interview date. After the interview, applicants can 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 clients from diverse backgrounds (ethnicity; race; socioeconomic status; religion; sexual orientation, national origin). Cultural sensitivity and competence are embedded across all programming activities. The Community Action and Human Services Department is the social services agency of Miami-Dade County and offers clinical experience in the following areas: pre-school children, substance use disorders, older adults and adults with disabilities, young adults working towards educational and occupational goals, and domestic violence and human trafficking survivors. Interns implement evidence based interventions tailored to meet client's individual needs. Interns simultaneously provide services in a child and adult rotation during the internship year. Testing opportunities are available throughout different programs (Head Start, Rehabilitative Services, Elderly and Disability Services and Violence Prevention and Intervention). 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 and advocacy. 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 master level psychology students through the program's Mentor-Practitioner model. There are also opportunities for 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 psychologist. For detailed information about the internship program, please refer to the 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.