Didactics are scheduled for a half-day once per week. A wide variety of formal didactic training is provided on a weekly basis. The didactic topics include assessment, interventions, empirically-supported treatments, consultation, program evaluation, supervision, scholarly inquiry and professional development, cultural diversity, and ethics. Up to four additional day long workshops are provided for the interns to plan and conduct in areas that address specific ares of interest. Field trips to see other facilities related to mental health are also sometimes offered. Psychology faculty and current interns meet bi-monthly for a case presentation of a clinical issue so that there is a concerted effort to find integration and perspective from a broad perspective of background and experience. Attendance at national conferences is encouraged. In addition, interns may apply for financial support from the Victor E. Knarr Hypnosis Training Fund to assist in the costs of attending hypnotherapy conferences.
Intensive supervision is provided in all areas of the trainee's functioning. Each trainee's needs and level of competence determine the amount and kind of supervision that he or she receives. A minimum of two hours of individual supervision is provided weekly during each core rotation with additional supervision available as needed. Primary supervision on each rotation is provided by experienced doctoral-level clinical psychologists, but additional supervision and consultation is available from psychiatrists, social workers, and other professionals. Some supervision is provided through joint collaboration in which a trainee and a staff clinician function as co-therapists or co-evaluators. The trainee ordinarily functions as an integral part of the training unit and carries clinical responsibilities commensurate with his or her training needs and experience level.
Interns may also have the opportunity to supervise psychology graduate students and medical students at several of the internship sites. This supervision is then the subject of continued oversight and discussion with the core or specialty rotation supervisor.
Distribution of Hours
Generally, an intern works 40-50 hours per week, 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. This time includes core and specialty rotations and related meetings or administrative time. On Wednesdays the interns eat lunch and discuss issues with the Director of Training for one hour. The rest of the afternoon from 1:00pm to 5:00pm is reserved for didactic seminars. Interns are not expected to work nights or weekends and are not placed on-call for emergencies.
Salary and Benefits
For the 2013-2014 year, each intern receives a stipend of approximately $20,200. The exact amount of the stipend may vary from year to year (contact program for exact amount). Benefits offered at no cost to interns include: family health insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, and vision and dental insurance. This package of benefits, fully funded by the internship program, is worth over $9,000. Each intern is appointed to the House Staff of Indiana University School of Medicine and is entitled to 9 paid university holidays and an additional 15 PTO Days (Paid Time Off) during the training year.