EVMS Clinical Psychology Internship - Overview and Philosophy
The EVMS Clinical Psychology Internship Program adheres to a practitioner-scholar model to create a psychology workforce prepared to function effectively in inter-professional relationships across health care settings. The competencies emphasized reflect the real-life skills a psychologist will require for ethical and effective professional practice. The educational activities are individualized to fit with the varying backgrounds, aptitudes, abilities and styles of learning of the psychology interns. The educational activities of the internship program also yield explicit expectations that are aligned with the general competencies a psychologist needs as well as specialty specific competencies. The internship program will also result in accountability across psychology interns, faculty, program directors and institutions to insure incremental learning (i.e. psychology interns are reaching benchmarks and, ultimately, competence), will develop from real world experiences, and will foster the intern's self-assessment.
The majority of clinical training occurs within inpatient pediatric and adult medical settings, but opportunities are also available in a variety of outpatient settings within an academic medical center. Participation in clinical research is also encouraged. The internship is designed to create the competencies necessary for internship completers to provide evidence based assessments, interventions and consultations within integrated healthcare models. Supervised clinical experiences are provided that allow for the consolidation of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for entry-level practice of professional clinical psychology that adheres to the professional, legal, and ethical standards of the field. All aspects of training are designed to promote awareness, understanding and sensitivity to issues of multicultural diversity.
The EVMS Clinical Psychology Internship Program's main goal is to create a psychology workforce prepared to provide integrated care in Patient Centered Medical Homes. The program subscribes to a practitioner-scholar training model focused on preparing psychology interns to provide evidence-based assessments and treatments within the context of environments that require inter-professional interactions.
Specific goals include further development in assessment and psychotherapy skills with a wide range of client populations through involvement in diversified inpatient and outpatient training activities. Interns are expected to develop leadership and consultative skills within an academic medical center setting, and learn to function effectively in inter-professional relationships. Interns are offered the opportunity for professional development through attendance at lectures, seminars and workshops, and optional opportunities for involvement in clinical research projects during the training year. Clinical settings are largely based in healthcare environments and provide an opportunity to integrate ethical, cultural, and administrative considerations.
A psychology intern can expect to complete the internship with solid clinical training and a realistic sense of competence commensurate with this level of training. Within this context, opportunities for individualized training experiences are realized through the choice of major rotations (i.e. two 3 full day training experiences of 6 months duration each), participation in minor rotations (i.e., 1-day training experiences of a duration congruent with the training goals of the minor), and opportunities to provide outpatient treatment to in patient populations of the psychology intern's interest (1/2 day training experiences throughout the duration of the internship).
The EVMS Clinical Psychology Internship Program is part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Eastern Virginia Medical School. The internship program was founded in 1976 as one of the graduate training programs of Eastern Virginia Medical School. It has maintained continuous accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association since 1983. The APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation Education Directorate is located at 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242 (T: 202-336-5979).
The Clinical Psychology Internship Program is part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Eastern Virginia Medical School. The internship in psychology was founded in 1976 as one of the graduate training programs of the Eastern Virginia Medical School. It has maintained continuous accreditation by the American Psychological Association since 1983, and provides training for four interns each academic year.
The Internship subscribes to a practitioner-scholar model of training which encourages the growth of individual strengths, provides a variety of teaching styles and professional models, and emphasizes the development of the scientist-practitioner. Specific training goals include further development of assessment and psychotherapy skills with a wide range of client populations through involvement in diversified inpatient and outpatient activities.
Interns are also expected to develop leadership and consultative skills within a medical center setting, and function as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment team. Professional development through lectures, seminars, and workshops, and opportunities for clinical research are provided during training. Clinical settings also provide for an opportunity to integrate ethical and administrative issues into an appreciation for treatment issues.
The intern can expect to complete the year with solid general clinical training and a realistic sense of competence commensurate with this stage of training. The major rotation sequence focuses on the development of basic clinical skills. The intern may explore specialty areas through the choice of elective minor rotations and in outpatient work.
The intern completes two major rotations, each lasting six months, and typically consisting of assignment to adult or pediatric medical facilities. The intern spends approximately 24 hours per week in the major rotation. The major rotations provide opportunities for conducting personality, intellectual and neuropsychological assessments; participating in a multi-disciplinary treatment team; and providing group, family and/or individual psychotherapy.
All interns carry a limited outpatient caseload which provides an opportunity for longer term therapy than that permitted by six-month rotations. Efforts are made to assign supervisors based on the intern's interests with respect to therapeutic modality and patient population.
Hour-long seminars are taught or facilitated by full-time and community members of the Medical School faculty. Series vary from year to year and have typically included behavioral medicine, child and adolescent assessment and psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, sleep disorders, neuropsychology, ethics, professional development and advanced personality assessment.
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