Training Program Aim and Competencies

Interns are expected to achieve the following competencies by the end of the internship year. For more detailed information on the profession wide competencies that all accredited training programs adhere to, please review APA's Office of Program Consultation and Accreditations Implementing Regulation, C-8 I.

Internship Aim: At the completion of the internship, UCTC interns will have the requisite competencies for entry into health service psychology, consistent with the practices of a counseling center psychologist. 

 

  1. Intervention

Competency: Interns will develop intervention skills appropriate for an entry level health service psychologist consistent with the practices of a counseling center psychologist.

 

  1. Assessment

Competency: Interns will develop evidence based assessment skills appropriate for an entry level health service psychologist consistent with the practices of a counseling center psychologist.

 

  1. Supervision provision

Competency: Interns will develop an approach to supervision and obtain basic supervisory skills appropriate for an entry level health service psychologist with the practices of a counseling center psychologist.

 

  1. Multicultural

Competency: Interns will obtain awareness, knowledge and skills necessary to become multiculturally competent to practice as an entry level health service psychologist consistent with the practices of a counseling center psychologist.

 

  1. Consultation, outreach, & Interprofessional Skills

Competency: Interns will develop interprofessional skills that contribute to effective consultation and outreach services appropriate for an entry level health service psychologist consistent with the practices of a counseling center psychologist.

 

  1. Professional values, attitudes, and behavior

Competency: Interns develop increasingly independent professional values, attitudes, and behaviors expected of an entry level health service psychologist consistent with the practices of a counseling center psychologist.

 

  1. Communication and interpersonal skills

Competency: Interns develop professional communication and interpersonal skills expected of an entry level health service psychologist consistent with the practices of a counseling center psychologist.

 

  1. Ethical and legal standards

Competency: Interns will gain the requisite ethical and legal skills to respond professionally in increasingly complex situations appropriate for an entry level health service psychologist consistent with the practices of a counseling center psychologist.

 

  1. Research

Competency: Interns will develop and demonstrate the integration of science and practice appropriate for an entry level health service psychologist consistent with the practices of a counseling center psychologist.

 

Exit Criteria

In order to successfully complete the internship, the following criteria must be met:

  1. Working an average of 40-45 hours per week during academic quarters at the UCTC.
  2. Total full time professional work of at least 2000 hours.
  3. Provision of 10 client contacts per week during Fall term, 11-12 client contacts per week during Winter and Spring terms, and 8-12 client contacts per week during Summer term (Summer term numbers determined by agency need and availability of clients). Interns should have provided no fewer than 300 individual/couples therapy hours to complete internship. These client contact hours are part of the 500 direct service hours required by APA/APPIC for internship.
  4. Co-leading a psychoeducational or interpersonal process therapy group for a minimum of one quarter term (preferably 2 quarters minimum).
  5. Attending all seminars unless absences have been excused by the seminar leader and Training Director.
  6. Participating in at least two hours weekly, regularly scheduled, individual supervision.
  7. Providing a minimum of 90 minutes to two hours weekly, regularly scheduled, individual supervision to a practicum intern for nine months.
  8. Providing a minimum of six campus outreach programs
  9. Participate in a minimum of one critical incident and/or crisis debriefing (unless no debriefs requested).
  10. Completing a year long consultation project (project approved by Director of Education and Prevention Outreach first week of fall term).
  11. Provision of diagnosis for all clients seen four sessions or longer.
  12. Completing all clinical paperwork in a timely manner, including having specific paperwork countersigned by the intern's supervisor.
  13. Evaluations indicate that the intern's performance meets all of the competency requirements outlined in Section XV (Competency Expectations). Competency will be demonstrated at the end of the internship by having a rating of 4 (Doctoral level) on each overall competency area.
  14. Certificate information form must be completed and turned in, keys must be returned to administrative staff in addition to all tasks on “End of Year Checklist”. 
  15. Complete Internship Program Evaluation which is used by Training Director to improve program and as feedback for APA re-accreditation.