We offer specialty training that reflects a general commitment to public service psychology for special needs populations who are typically underserved. The program offers exposure to a diverse group of consumers of behavioral and mental health services as well as to a variety of intervention strategies and approaches.
Each trainee is assigned an advisor, whose role is to provide a continuous focus throughout the internship year on professional-personal development as a psychologist. It is the advisor’s role to assist in planning the intern’s training year experiences and to monitor progress towards the acquisition of competencies and goals. The advisor meets quarterly with the intern to discuss and integrate the evaluations from the rotation supervisors and the intern’s self evaluation. Interns also provide evaluations of their supervisors, coursework, and clinical experiences. Such mutual feedback is based on the maintenance of an open dialogue between members of the faculty and trainees.
Interns generally do not have a significant amount of time or energy to devote to completing the dissertation during the training year. We have found that students who arrive at internship without the worry of a pending dissertation tend to have more satisfying training experiences.
Audrey Blakeley-Smith, PhD