We are committed to promoting interns' professional development in Profession-Wide Competence areas so as to prepare them for rewarding careers as psychologists in healthcare, academics, and other organizational settings. The aim of the internship is to prepare psychologists with the requisite knowledge and skills for post-internship career activities, entry to the profession, and into the practice of health service psychology. By the conclusion of the internship, interns are expected to demonstrate competence in each of the APA Profession-Wide Competence areas. Interns generally pursue postdoctoral fellowships after the internship, some of which are commonly at the University of Minnesota.
We provide broad training in child psychology with a relative focus on psychological assessment. Interns complete two 6-month rotations associated with the Medical School's Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry. Rotations offered are: (a) Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; (b) Pediatric Neuropsychology; and (c) Pediatric Psychology. The internship has been APA-accredited since 1965, making it the 13th longest continuously accredited program in the country (> 55 years). Interns gain exposure to complex medical (e.g., transplant, diabetes, genetic disorders, FASD) and psychiatric patients from early childhood through adolescence, primarily outpatient. Intensive didactics and supervision are strengths of the internship. It is a clinically rich, stimulating setting with strong emphasis on quality assessment and improvement and excellent interprofessional collaborations. Didactics are generally child-focused and include: Assessment Seminar, Diversity Seminar, Psychotherapy Seminar, Professional Development Conference, Topical Seminar and other training in Pediatrics and Psychiatry Departments. Interns participate in case conferences, multiple rounds, and work collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams. We also provide two half day workshops on supervision and on cultural diversity in conjunction with other local internships (through Minnesota APA-Accredited Psychology Internship Centers [MAAPIC]). Faculty are active clinicians involved in clinical, educational, research, administrative and professional activities who are committed to training and supervision. The internship provides excellent preparation for postdoctoral fellowships and licensure. The University of Minnesota Medical School has a postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology. and Pediatric Psychology (every other year). Postdoctoral fellowships are also available some years in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Interns get exposure to the psychiatric emergency room (Behavioral Emergency Center; BEC) and interprofessional education (IPE). Interns meet with their mentor throughout the year. The University of Minnesota Children's Hospital and outpatient pediatric and pediatric neuropsychology clinics provide an excellent training environment with several medical specialties ranked annually in US News and World Report Best Hospitals. Plans are underway for most internship activities to move to the campus of the Masonic Institude for Developing Brain (MIBD; https://midb.umn.edu).
As of July 1, 2021, clinical training comprises a mixture of telehealth (using Amwell, Doxy.me, etc.) for psychotherapy and hybrid virtual/in-person services for psychological assessment (using Personal Protective Equipment [PPE] of masks and face shields, modified scheduling, screening of patients, intensive cleaning).