The mission of the CAPS psychology internship training program is to assist in the development of generalist psychologists. The CAPS philosophy of training is grounded in the practitioner-scholar model. The CAPS internship program emphasizes the practitioner side of that perspective while instilling a scientific attitude in the approach to practice. We believe that the opportunity afforded by our multidisciplinary service agency on the campus of a large university lends itself especially well to the training of generalists who can integrate a number of professional activities influenced by a variety of perspectives. These perspectives are fostered by staff members' backgrounds in psychology, social work, family systems, and psychiatry. Our multidisciplinary staff provides training & intensive supervision in individual & group psychotherapy, supervision, assessment, consultation & outreach. Seminars address assessment/evaluation; clinical, multicultural, professional issues; outreach/consultation. Issues of diversity and the importance of developing cultural humility are integrated throughout each component of the program.
Internship represents the capstone of new psychologists' formal academic training and their induction into the profession. In keeping with the general mission and philosophy of the training program, it is designed to assist interns in developing scientific and practice skills appropriate to those of a generalist working with adults at the competency of an entry-level psychologist.
Interns are expected to demonstrate the competency of an entry-level psychologist in the following areas: research; ethical and legal standards; individual and cultural diversity; professional values, attitudes, and behaviors; communication and interpersonal skills; assessment; intervention; supervision; consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills.
More specifically, our program has three overarching goals that guide the training we provide.
1) To train generalist practitioners in the profession of psychology.
To achieve this goal interns are trained to provide direct service in a variety of clinical domains including individual and group therapy, assessment/evaluation, and crisis intervention.
2) To train psychologists to broaden the scope of their services beyond those provided to clients.
To achieve this goal interns are trained to provide supervision, outreach, psychoeducation, and consultation.
3) To train psychologists to develop and to be guided by their professional identity.
To achieve this goal ethics and professionalism are topics that are introduced during orientation and discussed in many venues throughout the year. Also, staff serve as models and mentors to interns.
To facilitate their professional development, interns will be expected to:
1. provide clinical service to adult students (primarily ages 18-35) in the treatment of mild to moderate pathology, and with no session limit imposed; 2. provide assistance with developmental concerns; 3. provide preventive psycho-education to the campus community; 4. contribute to the profession through clinical supervision and mentoring of psychologists-in-training at the practicum level; 5. provide consultation to the campus community; 6. establish a professional identity and working relationships with clients and with other professionals guided by professional ethics, adequate legal awareness and sound professional judgment; 7. demonstrate awareness of, respect for, sensitivity to, and ability to integrate issues of diversity in all areas of functioning; 8. apply a scientific attitude of critical thinking in the conduct of psychological practice; and 9. develop an ability to understand and apply theory and research findings to clinical practice.
A few highlights of the program are below:
- The amount of supervision: 2 hours with primary supervisor; 1 hour with secondary supervisor; .5 hours with group supervisor; 2.5 hours for supervision of supervision (includes weekly check-in time with training director); additional supervision as needed for clinical work, assessments, and outreach.
- The variety of seminars: assessment/evaluation; outreach/consultation; clinical/multicultural/professional issues.
- Interns provide clinical supervision for the same graduate student in counseling or clinical psychology for 2 semesters.
- There are opportunities to tailor each component of the program to individual needs, interests, and passions.
- Interns have the unique experience of supervising the HOPE@CAPS Mental Health Peer Educators (MHPE’s) in small groups to support their outreach activities. This involves reviewing skills and processing their experiences during the drop-in peer listening hours, support groups and other outreach activities they provide.