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Training Structure and Internship Tracks

Anchored broadly by its generalist training philosophy, the internship program offers a range of clinical experiences in diverse service settings for 8 interns in a given training year. The internship year is structured so that supervised experiential learning is the primary training mode. Direct clinical training experiences are accompanied by concurrent didactic training activities. Interns works with multiple supervisors both within a given rotation and across the training year, allowing for exposure to diverse theoretical and practice perspectives. Interns complete a sequence of training rotations in accordance with the structure of the internship track to which they are assigned.

The General Internship Experience provides a sequence of training for 3 general track interns and 1 trauma track intern per academic year. It is designed to provide broad training in general clinical psychology, including psychological assessment, diagnosis, and intervention. Consistent with a scientist-practitioner framework, interns also have opportunities to apply theoretical and empirical knowledge in the context of clinical practice.

The Neuropsychology Track provides a sequence of training for 2 adult/geriatric neuropsychology concentration interns and 2 adult/pediatric neuropsychology concentration interns per academic year. It is designed to expand the intern’s existing knowledge base in general clinical psychology and psychopathology, while also providing specialized training in neuroanatomy, neuropathology, and brain-behavior relationships as pertains to neuropsychological assessment and intervention.

Although training rotations and settings vary depending on the internship track, the training structure across the tracks reflects the program's generalist training philosophy and is designed to ensure that program aims are achieved. This includes development of all profession-wide competencies in accordance with the program's evaluation criteria for defining competency attainment. Internship rotations reflect the training program's developmental framework such that interns learn to apply profession-wide competencies in progressively more complex ways over the course of a given rotation and across the internship training year as a whole. Interns not only have opportunities to gain new professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes, but also increase their proficiency in science-practice integration. Interns also develop their effectiveness in working within clinical systems, interprofessional teams, medical center settings, and the community at large.