The APA-accredited Psychology Internship Program offered by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at SUNY Upstate Medical University follows a scientist-practitioner training model.
The overarching goal of the internship is to prepare interns for entry level professional practice by assisting them in the development of new clinical skills, enhancing previous knowledge and skills, providing exposure to cutting edge research and concepts, and nurturing the professional identity of psychologists in the final phase of their graduate training.
The objectives for this goal are to:
As such, upon completion of the program interns will demonstrate the ability to accurately assess, conceptualize, and provide effective treatment strategies for individuals who present with emotional, behavioral and cognitive difficulties. They will be able to communicate their evaluation of cases to other health care professionals while maintaining an appreciation and understanding of relevant ethical and research issues.
Our program is grounded in the scientist-practitioner tradition, but the focus of the clinical psychology internship at SUNY Upstate Medical University is on the clinical enterprise. At the same time, a major aim of the internship year is to insure that the primary focus is training and not simply the delivery of services.
Respect for both clinical acumen and knowledge gained from empirical study provides a stimulating framework for training, seminars, and supervision. Students are invited to question and discuss the assumptions, rationale, and theoretical propositions of the various clinical approaches to problems. They are also encouraged to relate the therapeutic and assessment skills they are acquiring to the research underpinnings of these areas.
A collaborative, open teaching atmosphere is intentionally fostered. Faculty members help to guide the interns experience, deepen clinical sophistication, and develop professionalism through intensive supervision and by modeling high-level clinicianship, skilled research, and involvement in local, state, and national professional activities.
The hallmark of the clinical psychology internship program at Upstate Medical University is intensive individual supervision of all of the interns work in psychotherapy and assessment. The overall goal of the supervisory process is to enable the interns increasingly independent functioning. In addition to conventional supervision, there are opportunities to work side-by-side with faculty and observe these seasoned clinicians in action.
Although the focus of the internship training program is on well-supervised clinical experiences, the program also offers abundant opportunities for participation in research. Research collaboration with faculty is encouraged and, over the years, many interns have been involved in projects and published papers with faculty members.
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