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Training Program Structure

The Indiana University School of Medicine Psychology Internship Program is located within the Section of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry.  Training sites for the internship program include the Neuroscience Center (Goodman Hall), Indiana University Hospital and Clinics (IU Health Facility), Riley Hospital for Children (IU Health Facility), and Larue Carter Memorial Hospital (an Indiana University Affiliated Hospital). The sites provide interns with a variety of training experiences. All psychologists involved in the training program have faculty appointments in the Section of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, are licensed to practice psychology in Indiana, and have endorsements in Indiana as Health Service Providers in Psychology (HSPP).

The Internship year is a full 12 months, beginning on the first working day of September and continuing through the last working day of the following August.  The training year is structured into three, four-month core rotations and three concurrent four-month specialty rotations (September through December, January through April, and May through August). Specialty rotations are one half to one full day per week.  To ensure breadth of training, interns are expected to complete at least one core rotation with an outpatient population, and one core rotation with an inpatient population.  They are also required to complete at least one core or specialty rotation with an adult population, and at least one core or specialty rotation with a child-adolescent population.   Please see the section on this website marked “Rotations” for full descriptions of core and specialty rotations.  

Six positions are available; three interns are accepted into Generalist positions with an Open Emphasis, and three are accepted into Generalist positions with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Separate program numbers are used in the match for each of these emphasis areas. 

Interns with an emphasis in Autism Spectrum Disorders complete two core rotations in Autism Spectrum Disorders and complete their third rotation with either a child and adolescent or an adult inpatient population.

Interns with an open emphasis work with the internship leadership team to determine an area of emphasis (e.g. child clinical, adult clinical, pediatric, health psychology, severe mental illness).  Rotations are selected with this chosen emphasis in mind. 

Rotation schedules are determined during the summer prior to beginning internship taking into account each intern’s training goals.  Incoming interns, program leadership, and supervisors work collaboratively to determine the best combination of rotations for each intern.  

In addition to the core rotations and specialty rotations, interns attend a series of weekly didactics presented on a wide variety of topics relevant to the goals, objectives and competencies of our program.  These didactics take place on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 5:00PM. 

All interns also attend Director's Conference weekly on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00PM, just prior to didactics.   This is an opportunity for the interns to have regularly scheduled time with the Director of Training and/or the Assistant Directors of training.  

Interns also attend the Psychiatry Department Grand Rounds on Fridays from 11:00AM – 12:00PM from September to May. Interns can attend the sessions in person at Goodman Hall or can view the simulcast at Carter Hospital. Interns must attend at least 75% of the Grand Rounds or they will be asked to make up missing sessions by viewing the recorded sessions.

Interns are given the opportunity to schedule Quarterly Educational Seminars (QES). Interns are encouraged to develop full-day workshops in areas of interest specific to the intern class. The interns, coordinated by the Chief Intern, can select a topic from a list of available programs or create their own seminar. These seminars are to be conducted four times a year, once in each quarter of the academic year. One QES will be done in the memory of Dr. Robert Ten Eyck, who supervised interns at Larue Carter for many years, and funds are available for food and other activities of a seminar.

Interns may also have the opportunity to attend a conference providing training in hypnosis via the Knarr Hypnosis training fund which can cover conference attendance fees as well as travel.

Finally, the Section of Psychology Continuing Education program offers a number of workshops during the year.  If interns wish to attend any of these events, they may do so free of charge.