Our Program Philosophy, Goals and Objectives


The philosophy of the Psychology Internship program is based on the Practitioner-Scholar model of training which is consistent with the three missions of the Indiana University School of Medicine: Service, Education and Research.   Our program seeks applicants who have strong clinical training as well as a strong background in conducting and utilizing research.  During their internship year, interns are provided with extensive opportunities to apply knowledge gained through research in assessment and intervention situations.   The primary aim of our program is to produce psychologists who can make use of current research to implement evidence-based practice in a variety of clinical settings, and who will complete the program better prepared to conduct research that will be informed by experience in real-world clinical settings.     


Goal 1: To produce health care professionals who are able to provide quality, evidence-based assessment and treatment to patients across the lifespan, and from diverse backgrounds.  

     Objective A: To perform competent assessments

        Competency 1: Demonstrates skill in diagnostic interviewing

        Competency 2: Demonstrates thorough knowledge of the DSM

        Competency 3: Demonstrates ability to select and administer appropriate assessment instruments

        Competency 4: Demonstrates ability to interpret assessment data taking into account all relevant variables including individual and cultural diversity factors

        Competency 5: Demonstrates ability to write well-organized and clear assessment reports that address relevant referral questions

        Competency 6: Demonstrates ability to provide clear, helpful, verbal feedback regarding assessment to patients, family members and other professionals

     Objective B: To provide effective psychotherapeutic intervention

        Competency 1: Demonstrates ability to establish a therapeutic alliance

        Competency 2: Demonstrates ability to form a clear, comprehensive case conceptualization that will inform selection and timing of interventions.

        Competency 3: Demonstrates ability to formulate clear, measurable short and long term goals to allow for monitoring of progress in treatment

        Competency 4: Demonstrates excellent knowledge of the available literature regarding effective interventions including ESTs

        Competency 5: Demonstrates ability to apply the best available research findings to patient care taking into account each patient’s unique needs, characteristics and preferences

        Competency 6: Demonstrates ability to handle crises, seeking supervision/consultation when appropriate

        Competency 7: Demonstrates ability to manage boundaries with patients and their families

        Competency 8: Demonstrates awareness of own reactions to patients and manages these reactions appropriately seeking supervision/consultation as needed

     Objective C: To provide competent consultation services

        Competency 1: Demonstrates ability to rapidly develop rapport and complete a consultation assessment that completely and effectively addresses the referral question

        Competency 2: Demonstrates ability to effectively communicate with other professionals in a manner that addresses their questions and provides useful recommendations

        Competency 3: Demonstrates ability to work as a member of an inter-disciplinary team to provide comprehensive assessment and treatment

Goal 2: To produce professionals who can competently engage in aspects of practice outside direct care delivery such as evaluation, supervision, and scholarly inquiry.  

     Objective A: To understand principles of program evaluation and how to implement in real world settings

        Competency 1: Demonstrates the knowledge and ability to evaluate program effectiveness.

        Competency 2: Demonstrates ability to make appropriate recommendations based on findings

     Objective B: To be prepared to engage in supervised supervision

        Competency 1: Demonstrates knowledge of effective supervision techniques

        Competency 2: Demonstrates ability to apply effective supervision techniques in work with other learners designated as supervisees.

            Objective C: To be prepared to engage in scholarly inquiry as it applies to patient care

        Competency 1: Demonstrates the ability to conduct literature searches relevant to patient care, evaluate the quality of the literature, and apply in an appropriate manner to patient care

        Competency 2: Demonstrates ability to identify gaps in the literature that are relevant to patient care and to develop research questions and research designs that would address these gaps in the literature. 

Goal 3: To produce professionals who are aware of and can apply concepts relevant to practice of psychology with diverse populations.

     Objective A: To understand and apply knowledge and practices relevant to the practice of psychology with diverse populations

        Competency 1: Demonstrate sensitivity to all aspects of individual and cultural diversity in all aspects of the practice of psychology

        Competency 2: Demonstrate awareness of relevant literature regarding assessment and treatment of diverse populations and apply this knowledge in practice.

     Objective B: To understand own cultural background and how this may impact care of patients

        Competency 1: Demonstrate self-awareness of own cultural background

        Competency 2: Demonstrates ability to self-monitor how own cultural background impacts care and seeks supervision/consultation when needed


Goal 4: To produce professionals who adhere to the highest levels of ethical and professional behavior in all aspects of their work. 

     Objective A: To understand and apply ethical principles and relevant legal principles.

        Competency 1: Identify and apply key ethical principles

        Competency 2: Identify key legal issues and act accordingly

        Competency 3: Seek consultation regarding ethical and legal issues when needed

     Objective B: To demonstrate behavior consistent with generally accepted practices of professionalism in psychology

        Competency 1: Take appropriate responsibility for patient care including managing operational aspects of care and maintaining high-quality documentation

        Competency 2: Demonstrate professional behavior in all interactions with staff, co-workers and patients. 

        Competency 3: Demonstrates ability to make optimal use of supervision

        Competency 4: Demonstrates use of positive coping strategies to ensure patient care and other aspects of professional functioning are not impacted by personal issues and stressors

        Competency 5: Demonstrates good use of time management strategies

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