Our internship is steeped in the scientist-practitioner and scholar-practitioner traditions. We value and expose interns to scientifically rigorous, up-to-date approaches to clinical work, and at the same time provide seminars and supervision that focus on critical and philosophical thinking to an extent rarely seen in an internship setting. Our aim is to train psychologists who are among the most clinically and scientifically competent, and the most philosophically sophisticated, in the profession. To this end, interns' training includes intensive didactics and supervision in rehabilitation psychology, DBT, contemporary CBT and third wave approaches, and contemporary practices in inpatient psychology, as well as seminars covering primary texts in psychoanalysis, existential-phenomenological psychology, philosophy of ethics in psychology, poststructural philosophical critiques of psychology, and postcolonial theory, among others.
Our program might best be described polytheoretical. Our supervisors and teachers include psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, and third-wave practitioners. We place a premium on theoretical rigor and respectful exchange of ideas across theoretical positions.
If you are a student who identifies as underrepresented in any way, we hope you will consider us in your application process. Our internship is committed to a rigorous philosophical examination of the history and systems of psychology (including current discourse) as they relate to questions of identity and difference, and we pride ourselves on a curriculum that has for years exceeded the field's standard in this regard. We also understand that "diversity" is a complex issue, and that there are diverse ways to think about diversity itself. We are committed therefore to fostering the respectful exchange of varying and divergent viewpoints through the lens of critical thought, and believe that such engagement makes us all better psychologists.
Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are applying either to the Adult or Child Track.
A more detailed description of the program can be obtained online at www.upstate.edu/psych/education/internships/psychology
COVID-19 UPDATE: We are conducting all interviews via televideo this year.