Internship Mission, Model and Philosophy

The mission of the doctoral psychology internship at Sarah A. Reed Children's Center is to prepare students through training, practice, scholarly inquiry, and role modeling for entry into the field of Health Services Psychology.  The internship has a commitment to train psychology interns to act competently, respectfully, ethically and with integrity, providing a broad array of behavioral health and educational services to children, adolescents, and their families.

The program model of training is practitioner-scholar/scientist. The model integrates concepts from other models of training including the Local Clinical Scientist model and the Reflective Practitioner model.  Professional competence, mastery, critical thinking, and identity are nurtured and consolidated through regular and formal supervised clinical practice, didactic training, scholarly inquiry, research, and the opportunity to work with professionals in a multidisciplinary model.  In a coordinated, organized, cumulative and graded manner, interns are able to assume increasingly major clinical responsibilities with appropriate supervisory direction, guidance, role modeling, and support.

The Vice President of Clinical Services and Director of Psychology Internship Training along with the Internship Training Committee and Internship Advisory Council is directly responsible for the integrity and quality of the internship program.  Training is designed to provide multiple opportunities for the translation of theory, knowledge, and scientific inquiry into “real world” practice. Specifically, we believe that psychological practice should be guided by psychological science translated and adapted to complex clinical and educational settings . A practitioner who uses disciplined scientific inquiry and reflective practice should be capable of case formulation, critical inquiry, and the application of the scientific knowledge base to practice. While we encourage efforts to do active, applied research in clinical practice, we also use scientific inquiry and research along with the development of data-based clinical judgment to strengthen practice in order to become skilled practitioners.