Program Goals and Objectives

The goals of the training program were developed by the Training Committee in accordance with the Scientist-Practitioner model to promote the development of competencies in assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning, intervention and consultation, cultural sensitivity and awareness, ethics and professional development, and critical analysis of research.  This is accomplished through participation in didactics, working with patients and interacting with our multi-disciplinary team, comprised of licensed psychologists (doctorate and masters level), board-certified psychiatrists and neurologists, a nurse, and a nationally registered EMT.

Goal 1: Intern learns to effectively assess and diagnose cognitive impairments and psychological illness by utilizing information gained from clinical interview, behavioral assessment and neuropsychological testing.

Objective 1.1:  Intern learns to establish a positive rapport with patients and their caregivers.
Objective 1.2: Intern demonstrates an ability to conduct intake evaluations and effective clinical interviewing.
Objective 1.3: Intern learns to utilize neuropsychological assessments to effectively delineate presenting problems.
Objective 1.4: Intern learns to integrate information from clinical interview and assessment to inform clinical impression.
Objective 1.5: Intern learns to utilize all information to formulate hypothesis-driven differential diagnoses.

Goal 2: Intern demonstrates the clinical skills required to provide effective treatment to patients with neurological/psychological impairments and their caregivers

Objective 2.1: Intern demonstrates competency in case conceptualization and treatment planning.
Objective 2.2: Intern learns to communicate with other healthcare professionals within the community to coordinate patient care.
Objective 2.3: Intern learns to provide effective evidence-based behavioral intervention.
Objective 2.4: Intern learns to work effectively with a multi-disciplinary team to establish and implement empirically supported treatment practices, ensuring the cognitive and emotional well-being of patients.

Goal 3: Intern becomes culturally aware and sensitive to beliefs and attitudes common within the community and understand how such beliefs may impact clinical practice.

Objective 3.1: Intern demonstrates an awareness of diversity issues and a commitment to cultural competence.

Goal 4: Intern conducts himself/herself in a professional manner, consistent with the American Psychological Association’s Code of Ethics.

Objective 4.1: Intern exhibits professionalism when interacting with staff, outside healthcare professionals, and patients and their caregivers.
Objective 4.2: Intern utilizes supervision effectively towards his/her growth as a psychologist.
Objective 4.3: Intern is committed to ongoing self-examination and awareness.
Objective 4.4: Intern is able to assist with supervision of other trainees.

Goal 5: Intern learns to employ scientific inquiry and analysis in the practice of professional psychology.

Objective 5.1: Intern is informed about current empirically-validated diagnostic and intervention practices.
Objective 5.2: Intern learns to integrate scientific inquiry in clinical practice.

Assessment of individual competencies is accomplished through structured evaluations completed by interns in collaboration with supervisors at the beginning of the internship. This information is then reviewed and reevaluated at both the midpoint and end of the internship. It is a basis for providing summative feedback at those intervals. Interns are expected to attain a final competency level of at least 4 (High Intermediate skill level) for 100% of the objectives in order to complete the internship.