Training Aims, Competencies, and Elements

COMPETENCY # 1: ETHICAL AND LEGAL STANDARDS

Aim: Interns will develop knowledge and professional practices that assure adherence to the ethical standards for psychologists.

Elements:

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.

Training Activities: Orientation meetings focused on ethical considerations for this center, Intern Training Seminar “Mini-Course” (Ethical and Legal Principles), individual and group supervision with a focus on ethical decision-making in all professional activities, supervision of supervision with a focus on ethical considerations regarding provision of supervision, informal clinical presentations during group supervision, informal supervision presentations during supervision of supervision, clinical case presentations, and supervision presentation.

Evaluation Methods: Supervisors’ evaluations, clinical case presentation evaluations, and supervision presentation evaluations.

COMPETENCY # 2: INTERVENTION

Aim: Interns will develop skills to allow them to function as professional psychologists.

Elements:

• 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, cultural considerations, and contextual variables.
• 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.

 Training Activities: Provision of direct service, including: brief screening, crisis intervention, intake assessment, individual therapy, group therapy, case management, consultation, and outreach programming/community education; Intern Training Seminars (Outreach Seminar and “Mini Course” Interventions with University Populations); Advocacy project and presentation; individual supervision with review of digitally recorded interventions; group supervision including informal clinical case presentations with review of digitally recorded interventions; supervision of group therapy including live observation of interventions; clinical case presentations including review of digitally recorded interventions.

Evaluation Methods: Supervisors’ evaluations which are informed by viewing digitally recorded sessions, Advocacy project evaluations by mentor and for presentation, and clinical case presentation evaluations.

COMPETENCY # 3: ASSESSMENT

Aim: To prepare interns who can effectively use assessment skills and tools to accurately diagnose and provide recommendations. 

Elements:

• Demonstrate current knowledge of DSM-5, functional/dysfunctional behaviors, including psychopathology.
• Demonstrate understanding human behavior through a multiculturally competent and contextually relevant lens.
• Demonstrate the ability to apply the knowledge of functional and dysfunctional behaviors to inform treatment planning and clinical interventions.
• Select and apply assessment methods such as the CCAPS, to functional and dysfunctional behaviors in an ongoing way.
• 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.
• Interpret assessment results to inform case conceptualization, classification, and recommendations.
• Select and apply assessment methods that draw from the best available empirical literature to relevant clinical information and conceptualization.
• 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.

 Training Activities: Assessment of student concerns through Initial Consultation, Routine Appointment, Urgent Appointment, and Crisis Consultations as well as associated supervision of those clinical services; incorporation of CCAPS into clinical work; orientation meetings focused on assessment; Intern Training Seminar “Mini-Course” (Assessment); clinical case presentations; and Advocacy project.

Evaluation Methods: Supervisors’ evaluations, Advocacy project evaluations by mentor and for presentation, and clinical case presentation evaluations.

COMPETENCY # 4: CONSULTATION AND INTERPROFESSIONAL/INTERDISCIPLINARY SKILLS

Aim: To produce interns who can collaborate and consult with other individuals or groups to address a problem, seek or share knowledge, or promote effectiveness in professional activities.

Elements:

• Demonstrate knowledge and respect for the roles and perspectives of other professions.
• Apply this knowledge in consultation with individuals and their support systems, other health care professionals, interprofessional groups, and/or systems related to health and behavior.

Training Activities: Orientation meetings about consultation and offices on campus; provision of consultation to other health service providers, campus partners, members of students’ support networks, and students; consultation with other health service providers, campus partners, or members of students’ support network; provision of information regarding mental health and CAPS services at tabling events or outreach activities; Advocacy project; participation in case conferences and staff meetings with a multidisciplinary team at this center; and individual and group supervision that addresses consultation and coordination of care.

 Evaluation Methods: Supervisors’ evaluations and Advocacy project evaluations by mentor and for presentation.

COMPETENCY # 5: SUPERVISION

Aim: To produce interns who are knowledgeable and skilled in the theory and practice of clinical supervision such that they contribute to the positive development of future generations of psychologists.

Elements:

• Apply supervision knowledge in practice through peer supervision and with psychology trainees through:
• Effectively establishing and maintaining ongoing supervisory relationships with psychology externs.
• Providing supervision such that client welfare is ensured and ethical issues are attended to.
• Providing feedback to peers and supervisees that recognizes their strengths and growth edges in a developmental, multicultural, and interpersonal context and utilizing this knowledge to contribute to professional growth.

 Training Activities: Orientation meetings focused on provision of supervision; provision of clinical supervision to psychology externs; supervision of supervision including informal presentations and review of digitally recorded supervision sessions; supervision presentation; and provision of peer supervision through feedback provided during informal presentations during group supervision and supervision of supervision.

Evaluation Methods: Supervisors’ evaluations and supervision presentation evaluations.

COMPETENCY # 6: INDIVIDUAL AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY

Aim: Interns will develop knowledge and skills to function as effective psychologists with multicultural populations.

Elements:

• 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 direct service.
• The ability to integrate awareness and knowledge of individual and cultural differences in the conduct of professional roles (e.g., research, direct service, 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 worldviews create conflict with their own.

 Training Activities: Intern Multicultural Lab, multicultural case conference with all clinical staff, provision of direct service to diverse student population, group and individual supervision with a focus on the integration of individual and cultural diversity factors in all professional activities, clinical case presentations, supervision of supervision presentation, outreach presentations, and Advocacy project and presentation.

Evaluation Methods: Supervisors’ evaluations, Advocacy project evaluations by mentor and for presentation, clinical case presentation evaluations, and supervision presentation evaluations.

 COMPETENCY # 7: PROFESSIONAL VALUES, ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR

Aim: Interns will develop behaviors and practices that are consistent with the professional identity of a psychologist

Elements:

• Behave in ways that reflect the values and attitudes of psychology, including integrity, incorporating cultural considerations into all professional work, 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 openly in increasing complex situations with a greater degree of independence as they progress across levels of training.

 Training Activities: Group supervision with focus on professional identity development, individual supervision with a focus on incorporating professional values in all professional activities, engaging in a way that is consistent with a professional staff member at CAPS, complying with the policies and procedures of the center and university.

Evaluation Methods: Supervisors’ evaluations, including feedback from other members of the staff.

 COMPETENCY # 8: COMMUNICATION AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

Aim: Interns will demonstrate personal and professional self-awareness and apply insights to professional relationships and communications.

Elements:

• 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.

 Training Activities: Participate in staff meetings and case conferences with multidisciplinary staff; consult with campus partners; collaborate with campus partners to develop outreach programs and for Advocacy project; outreach programs/community education; clinical case presentations; Advocacy project written proposal and oral presentation; supervision presentation; individual and group supervision with a focus on using effective communication and interpersonal skills in all professional activities; documentation of clinical interactions in accordance with center guidelines.

Evaluation Methods: Supervisors’ evaluations, including feedback from other members of the staff; clinical case presentation evaluations; supervision presentation evaluations, and Advocacy project evaluations by mentor and for presentation.

COMPETENCY # 9: RESEARCH

Aim: To produce interns who demonstrate knowledge, skills, and competence sufficient to critically evaluate and use existing knowledge to solve problems and to disseminate research.

Elements:

  • Demonstrates the 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.
  • Uses research and scholarly literature to inform clinical decision making.

Training Activities: Intern Seminar “Mini-Courses” (all informed by research, especially Interventions with University Populations and Embodying the Practitioner Scholar Model) with a focus on integrating research into all professional activities, discussion of evidence-based interventions in individual supervision, Advocacy Project proposal and presentation, inclusion of evidence base in supervision presentation, and inclusion of evidence base in clinical case presentation.

Evaluation Methods: Supervisors’ evaluations, Advocacy project evaluations by mentor and for presentation, supervision presentation evaluations, and clinical case presentation evaluations.

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