Training Program and its Philosophy
We believe people learn and work best in a supportive, collegial atmosphere; therefore we strive to provide an environment that allows interns to take risks and grow into confident, competent, ethical psychologists. Throughout the program, we emphasize the role of the psychologist as an educated, thoughtful and introspective professional.
The CAPS Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology uses a practitioner-scholar model with a dual emphasis on professional and personal growth. The program starts with intern self-assessment and development of learning goals for internship, in collaboration with supervisors. As the year progresses, we expect interns will make significant developmental transitions as they consolidate a professional identity, enhance confidence in clinical skills and increase their ability to function autonomously, so that by the end of the internship, trainees are well-prepared to serve as entry-level professionals. Our training program reflects the interdependent nature of the practice and the science of psychology. We believe awareness of outcome research and empirically based interventions are critical skills in intern development and we encourage trainees to be good consumers of such research by evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of empirical projects.
We embrace diversity in its broadest sense, including but not limited to ability status, acculturation, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Critical thinking, thorough assessment, and awareness of and appreciation for human diversity are areas of focus and our interns are expected to implement such skills in every aspect of their work. Finally, we work to promote a balanced, healthy professional lifestyle and to model for trainees the values of continuous learning and contribution to the field of psychology.