The Grand Valley State University Internship Program reflects the belief that the internship year is a pivotal time for an intern to gain and/or expand clinical and consulting skills in preparation for transitioning to independent practice. In keeping current with psychology training, our multidisciplinary setting focuses on experiences and competencies consistent with Health Service Psychology.
The program is developmentally-based and designed to provide both support and challenge. Interns are encouraged and expected to become actively involved in Center activities including: short and long-term individual and group psychotherapy for a wide variety of psychological problems/diagnoses, assessment, outreach programming, consultation, supervision, program evaluation/research, and administrative functions. Interns will also receive specialty training and experience in crisis intervention and management.
The Center's model of service and training is the "University Community Model". This model incorporates a systems approach with the Center being embedded, interdependent, and independent within the university community. The fourth component of this model is evolution which insures that Center evolves and interns are prepared for the many challenges and changes in the profession of health service psychology. It is also important to us as an agency to provide culturally relevant services to diverse groups of people. As such, interns engage in multicultural seminar and staff actively engage in ongoing professional and personal development to increase cultural humility. Additionally, the Center hosts a day-long Multicultural Conference each year.
All Center staff members are highly invested and involved in our training program and represent a variety of theoretical orientations including Interpersonal, Cognitive Behavioral, Humanistic/Existential, Relational-Cultural, Feminist/Humanistic, Systems, and Psychodynamic Theories.
The internship has been APA accredited since 1993 with our most recent site visit in 2013 and our next visit anticipated in 2021-2022. Please visit our website (https://www.gvsu.edu/counsel/about-the-doctoral-internship-program-63.htm) for more detailed descriptions and brief information videos.