The Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology at the PCOM Center for Brief Therapy is fully affiliated with the Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology at PCOM. The program only considers and ranks applicants who are students that are enrolled in the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The program seeks to obtain a diverse intern class while selecting the most qualified candidates. Applicants from individually and culturally diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.
The internship is designed to train future psychologists to work as providers of comprehensive psychological services that reflect the integration of science and practice, with an emphasis on cognitive behavioral practice. The internship was established to provide organized, sequential learning experiences for psychology interns, ensuring an integrated training experience through shared standards, common procedures, and didactic learning programs which is consistent with the Standards of Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.
The internship has been designed to provide a broad-based clinical training experience which prepares interns to function ethically, competently and independently as professional psychologists by refining practice competencies and developing a sense of professional identity. Experiential practice and didactic training provide an enriching learning environment which encourages interns to become analytical and critical consumers of current theory, practice and research, and develop a greater understanding of how the intersectionality of a variety of individual and culturally diverse factors influence human behavior. The internship is designed to prepare generalists who provide psychological services to diverse, underserved populations in both outpatient and integrated behavioral health care settings that emphasize interdisciplinary collaboration. Interns receive extensive experiential training in profession wide competencies, including research; ethical and legal standards; individual and cultural diversity; professional values, attitudes, and behaviors; communication and interpersonal skills; assessment; intervention; supervision; and consultation and interprofessional and interdisciplinary skills.
The program's Aim for internship training is to prepare interns for successful independent practice of professional psychology in standard outpatient practices, integrated primary care medical practices, medical centers and hospitals, or community behavioral health settings that serve children, adolescents, adults, and older adults.
This Aim will be accomplished by the intern completing the program’s training activities, demonstrating competency in the nine profession-wide competencies, and obtaining job placement and licensure after graduation. Training to develop the profession-wide competencies includes both experiential and didactic learning elements. The experiential opportunities are spent in direct contact with service recipients and includes sufficient observation and supervision by licensed psychologist supervisors. All learning follows a logical training sequence that is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity. Where direct face-to-face service delivery is not possible or advised, clinical services will be delivered by an approved end-to-end HIPPA compliant virtual telehealth platform or phone.
The following nine competencies are required for all interns who graduate from programs accredited in health service psychology. Opportunities are provided throughout the training year for all interns to demonstrate they have met each required profession-wide competency.
By the end of the training year, all interns must demonstrate competence in:
2. Ethical and legal standards
3. Individual and cultural diversity
4. Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors
5. Communication and interpersonal skills
9. Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills
The expectation is that by the end of the training year, the intern will demonstrate competence in the above nine areas and will graduate from the internship program. Interns are also expected to complete at least two comprehensive psychological/psychoeducational test batteries. After graduating from the internship, expected outcomes include obtaining job placement in the field of psychology and licensure. Thus, the internship’s aim of preparing interns for successful independent practice of health service psychology in the aforementioned settings directly aligns with the program’s training activities and intended outcomes.