Training Goals

The NYU-Bellevue clinical psychology internship program adheres to the scholar-practitioner model, which emphasizes the development of scholarship across a number of theoretical and applied domains along with competence in a range of skills necessary for autonomous clinical practice. This model assumes the interdependence of scholarship and practice, such that clinical work invariably follows from scholarship and rigorous critical thinking, and scholarly and research initiatives flow from an appreciation of the depth and breadth of clinical phenomena. This blend of science and practice is compatible with our training philosophy and best utilizes the variety and diversity of the expertise of our training staff.

The training program provides interns with numerous opportunities to gain further proficiency in an array of clinical modalities and therapeutic and assessment techniques, while serving a population that encompasses a broad variety of ages, cultures, psychiatric diagnoses and modes of functioning. The program seeks to facilitate the transition of the psychology intern with a strong academic foundation into a mature professional practitioner. The program further aims to train and prepare professional psychologists for the practice of psychology in accordance with professional and ethical standards set forth by the American Psychological Association.

The internship emphasizes the acquisition and integration of advanced clinical skills within a context of culturally-sensitive, ethical practice. The internship year is also intended to be a time during which the intern further develops his/her identity as a well-rounded clinical psychologist.

The combination of diverse populations, training facilities, and eclectic faculty offers a multitude of training options. Within the general structure of the internship, the program is individualized to meet each trainee's specific needs. Clinical rotations are assigned after an initial assessment of each intern’s interests, experiences and training needs. Thereafter, regular meetings with the internship director allow the intern to remain aware of options available, and to be involved in the decision-making process regarding the specific components of his/her program as it evolves. Attempts are made throughout the year both to address gaps in the intern's previous experience and to augment and nourish the special interests of each intern.

Consistent with our broad focus, interns from all three tracks are expected to gain as wide a range of clinical experience as possible. They will leave the program with the confidence derived from having worked closely with inpatients, outpatients, adults, adolescents, children, families and groups, and with both medical and psychiatric populations.

The specific goals, objectives and competencies of the internship are:

Goal #1: The development of advanced clinical skills through the integration of theory, research, and practice.

  • Objectives: Through intensive supervision, the intern will develop his or her clinical skills through clinical work in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings with patients who vary in age, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and level of functioning.

Competencies:

  • Clinical interviewing and assessment leading to accurate diagnosis of patients
  • Formulation of useful theoretical and clinical case conceptualizations
  • Selection and implementation of appropriate psychotherapeutic interventions for the patients’ presenting problems, diagnoses, and level of functioning
  • Conducting effective, culturally-competent, goal-directed psychotherapy in a variety of modalities, including individual, family, and group therapy

Goal #2: Facilitation of the transition to functioning autonomously, ethically, and responsibly as a practicing psychologist.

  • Objectives: The intern will develop a sense of personal efficacy through ongoing exposure to a wide variety of patients and intensive supervision. Additionally, through didactic training, the intern will develop greater awareness of ethical and cultural competence issues in professional practice.

Competencies:

  • Awareness and application of strict ethical standards
  • Effective management of a case, including timely and appropriate treatment planning and documentation
  • Culturally aware and competent psychotherapy and assessment

Goal #3: The development of the ability to work effectively with healthcare professionals from other disciplines, including psychiatry, social work, nursing, and activity therapy.

  • Objectives: By working as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team across a variety of settings, the intern will learn to partner effectively with other professionals to ensure that patient care is integrative and comprehensive.

Competencies:

  • Ongoing contact and effective communication and collaboration with other professionals working on a case.
  • Awareness of different professions’ role in and approach to clinical care and improved ability to integrate those multiple approaches