The Guam Psychology Internship Consortium (Guam-PIC) represents the collaborative effort of two agencies – Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (GBHWC) in Tamuning, Guam, and Guam’s Department of Corrections (DOC) in Mangilao, Guam. These agencies have partnered to share resources and faculty for the purpose of providing a diversified educational program for psychology interns, focusing on training in culturally relevant and competent services for Guam’s diverse and often underserved population.
Guam-PIC firmly believes that all forms of diversity serve to enhance the training environment and professional growth of interns and faculty alike, as well as allow the diverse range of patients served to see themselves in their providers. To this end, Guam-PIC recruits applicants from diverse backgrounds. Guam-PIC offers generalist training with a focus on rural and underserved populations, with the opportunity for specialized training that varies across training sites. The Consortium trains clinical psychologists who are effective consumers of research and who utilize scholarly inquiry to inform their practice. Interns are afforded the opportunity to participate in rich clinical and didactic experiences that highlight the shared experiences and demands of this region, as well as focus on creative ways to address barriers common to rural, underserved settings.
All sites offer the following major training emphases. See site descriptions for additional training opportunities:
Behavioral Health Intervention
As behavioral health intervention is the primary training emphasis, interns across training sites spend approximately 10-15 hours per week in activities related to behavioral health intervention. All sites provide interns the chance to work with a diverse range of underserved clients within a variety of therapeutic modalities. Individual, group, family, and/or couples therapy treatments are available at some sites. Clients served range widely in age, race, ethnicity, and diagnostic presentation.
Interns across training sites spend approximately 5-15 hours per week in activities related to assessment. Interns at every site administer, interpret, and provide written synthesis of psychological test batteries. Assessments may include record reviews, clinical interviews, intellectual, achievement, personality, risk assessment, drug assessments, and/or competency-based measures. Interns have opportunities to write reports and make recommendations that convey meaningful information to prescribers, treatment teams, clients, and families. Assessment opportunities and requirements vary by site.
Consultation and Systems Collaboration
Interns spend approximately 6-8 hours per week in activities related to consultation and systems collaboration, learning to consult with a variety of other providers and stakeholders. Collaborative opportunities include working within an interdisciplinary treatment team, providing psychological consultation to other disciplines, and partnering with community social service, medical and legal services. Opportunities for consultation and systems collaboration vary by site.
The beautiful and tropical island of Guam is an unincorporated U.S. territory located in the Western Pacific. It is the southernmost and largest member of the Mariana Islands and part of the geographic region of Micronesia. Interns will experience Guam's diverse culture and gain experience working with diverse populations including Chamorro, Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Asian, and other. Interns are afforded the opportunity to participate in rich clinical and didactic experiences that highlight the shared experiences and demands of this region, as well as focus on creative ways to address barriers common to rural, underserved settings.
Guam-PIC is the ideal internship for applicants interested in receiving specialized training in treating and serving rural and underserved populations as well as building their cultural competence.