Professional Psychology Internship Training Program

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Evaluation and Mentoring

The goal of the developmental model of internship training is for the intern to develop his/her skills throughout the course of the year and work towards increased competence and independence.  Each quarter, predoctoral psychology interns and their respective primary and secondary supervisors complete an evaluation of the intern’s competencies. This quarterly evaluation is comprised of three segments:

  1. The intern’s self-evaluation of competency
  2. The supervisor’s evaluation of the intern’s competency
  3. The intern’s evaluation of supervision

Generally, the intern/supervisory relationship should be an open and synergistic one that prevents the possibility of a less-than-expected performance evaluation review at the end of each quarter. Interns and supervisors meet on a weekly basis and it is anticipated that any areas of difficulty will be addressed during those meeting times.  For interns who are performing as expected, three evaluations are required across the year, one each during the months of December (1st quarter review), March (2nd quarter review) and August (4th quarter review). For interns who are not meeting required competencies by the second quarter review and/or who may need a plan of remediation, a third quarter evaluation is also expected during the month of June.

As stated, the goal of the internship program is to develop beginning professional-level competence and independence in all interns. The quarterly evaluation ratings are designed to reflect the level of competency.  It is not anticipated that interns receive a perfect rating in all areas during or at the end of the internship.  Beginning, professional-level readiness is determined by an average competency rating reflecting a moderate need for supervision.

Once exiting the program, Intern graduates will be contacted for six years following the internship in order to provide feedback on the effectiveness of the training program. The Internship Training Program will be revised based on the Intern’s response  regarding his/her preparation for the practice of psychology.