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) and Riley Hospital for Children (IU Health Facility).  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 July and continuing through the last working day of the following June.  The training year is structured into three, four-month core rotations and three concurrent four-month elective rotations (July through October, November through February, and March through June). Elective rotations are one half to one full day per week.  To ensure breadth of training, interns are expected to complete at least one core or elective rotation in a traditional psychology clinic setting, and one core or elective in a behavioral medicine setting.  They are also required to complete at least one core or elective rotation with an adult population, and at least one core or elective rotation with a child-adolescent population.   Please see the “Rotations” tab for full descriptions of the available 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 core rotation in an area that best fits with their training needs.


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, etc.).  Rotations are selected with this chosen emphasis in mind. 


Rotation schedules are determined during the spring 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.  These didactics take place on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 4:00PM.  The full didactic schedule can be found in this handbook under the “Didactics” tab.  


All interns also attend Director's Conference weekly on Wednesdays from 12:00-12:45PM, 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 must attend at least 75% of the Grand Rounds or they will be asked to make up missing sessions by viewing recorded sessions.


Interns are given the opportunity to schedule Quarterly Educational Seminars (QES). Interns are encouraged to develop full-day workshops, which need to include at least 6 hours of educational activity, 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 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.  

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