Internship Aim and Competencies

Aim: Developing health service psychologists who use evidence-based approaches to support children, adolescents, and families in community

  1. Research
    • Demonstrates the substantially independent ability to critically evaluate and disseminate research or other scholarly activities (e.g., case conference, presentation, publications) at the local (including the host institution), regional, or national level
    • Applies scientific methods of evaluating practices, interventions, and programs
  2. Ethical and legal standards
    • Be knowledgeable of and act in accordance with each of the following:
    • The current version of the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct;
    • Relevant laws, regulations, rules, and policies governing health service psychology at the organizational, local, state, regional, and federal levels; and
    • Relevant professional standards and guidelines\
    • Recognize ethical dilemmas as they arise, and apply ethical decision-making processes in order to resolve the dilemmas
    • Conduct self in an ethical manner in all professional activities
    • Demonstrates and applies knowledge of school-specific regulations, policies, and practices in school and clinical contexts
  3. Individual and cultural diversity
    • An understanding of how their own personal/cultural history, attitudes, and biases may affect how they understand and interact with people different from themselves
    • Knowledge of the current theoretical and empirical knowledge base as it relates to addressing diversity in all professional activities including research, training, supervision/consultation, and service
    • The ability to integrate awareness and knowledge of individual and cultural differences in the conduct of professional roles (e.g., research, services, and other professional activities). This includes the ability to apply a framework for working effectively with areas of individual and cultural diversity not previously encountered over the course of their careers. Also included is the ability to work effectively with individuals whose group membership, demographic characteristics, or world views create conflict with their own
    • Demonstrate the ability to independently apply their knowledge and approach in working effectively with the range of diverse individuals and groups encountered during internship
  4. Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors
    • Behave in ways that reflect the values and attitudes of psychology, including integrity, deportment, professional identity, accountability, lifelong learning, and concern for the welfare of others
    • Engage in self-reflection regarding one’s personal and professional functioning; engage in activities to maintain and improve performance, well-being, and professional effectiveness
    • Actively seek and demonstrate openness and responsiveness to feedback and supervision
    • Respond professionally in increasingly complex situations with a greater degree of independence as they progress across levels of training
    • Accurately assesses own strengths and weaknesses
    • Keeps supervisor informed of all professional activities
    • Manages time effectively
  5. Communications and interpersonal skills
    • Develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of individuals, including colleagues, communities, organizations, supervisors, supervisees, and those receiving professional services
    • Produce and comprehend oral, nonverbal, and written communications that are informative and well-integrated; demonstrate a thorough grasp of professional language and concepts
    • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills and the ability to manage difficult communication well
    • Demonstrates a thorough grasp of professional language and concepts
    • Tolerates professional ambiguity and uncertainty
  6. Assessment
    • Demonstrate current knowledge of diagnostic classification systems, functional and dysfunctional behaviors, including consideration of client strengths and psychopathology
    • Demonstrate understanding of human behavior within its context (e.g., family, social, societal and cultural)
    • Demonstrate the ability to apply the knowledge of functional and dysfunctional behaviors including context to the assessment and/or diagnostic process
    • Select and apply assessment methods that draw from the best available empirical literature and that reflect the science of measurement and psychometrics; collect relevant data using multiple sources and methods appropriate to the identified goals and questions of the assessment as well as relevant diversity characteristics of the service recipient
    • Interpret assessment results, following current research and professional standards and guidelines, to inform case conceptualization, classification, and recommendations, while guarding against decision-making biases, distinguishing the aspects of assessment that are subjective from those that are objective
    • Communicate orally and in written documents the findings and implications of the assessment in an accurate and effective manner sensitive to a range of audiences
  7. Intervention
    • Establish and maintain effective relationships with the recipients of psychological services
    • Develop evidence-based intervention plans specific to the service delivery goals
    • Implement interventions informed by the current scientific literature, assessment findings, diversity characteristics, and contextual variables
    • Demonstrate the ability to apply the relevant research literature to clinical decision making
    • Modify and adapt evidence-based approaches effectively when a clear evidence-base is lacking
    • Evaluate intervention effectiveness, and adapt intervention goals and methods consistent with ongoing evaluation
  8. Supervision
    • Apply supervision knowledge in direct or simulated practice with psychology trainees, or other health professionals. Examples of direct or simulated practice examples of supervision include, but are not limited to, role-played supervision with others, and peer supervision with other trainees
    • Demonstrates knowledge of supervision models and practices
    • Recognizes supervision needs
    • Invites feedback
  9. Consultation and inter professional/interdisciplinary skills
    • Demonstrate knowledge and respect for the roles and perspectives of other professions
    • Apply this knowledge in direct or simulated consultation with individuals and their families, other health care professionals, inter professional groups, or systems related to health and behavior