Overview of the Psychology Internship Program
The Doctoral Internship at the University of Texas at Dallas is an APA-accredited full-time, 12-month organized 2000 hour training program in health service psychology that provides comprehensive supervised experiences in university counseling center services and functions. The internship begins August 8th, 2016 through August 7th, 2017. Interns work approximately 40-45 hours per week, with 40 hours scheduled on-site. Approximately 25-50% of intern's time is devoted to clinical service activities.
Training Model and Philosophy
The Doctoral Internship at the University of Texas at Dallas is committed to providing a Practitioner model of training. Our primary training modality is experiential, emphasizing clinical practice and service delivery with the goal of creating ethical and culturally competent generalist practitioners. We use a developmental approach to facilitate the transition from graduate student to professional psychologist. Through close relationships with senior staff and supervisors, interns assume increasing levels of responsibility and autonomy, expanding their professional roles as the year progresses.
Training is focused on facilitating interns' clinical competence, fostering the development of professional judgment, and enriching interns' scientific and practice-based knowledge. Enhancement of multicultural competence is interwoven into all facets of the training program, which reflects the strong value we place on honoring the diversity and uniqueness of every individual. We are also deeply committed to facilitating the integration of interns' personal and professional identities through engaging them in supportive, yet challenging supervisory and mentoring relationships with a heightened focus on whom the intern is as an individual and how that impacts her or him professionally. In addition, our internship program is based largely on a relational, "use of self" training model, as we believe that optimal professional development occurs within the context of self-reflection and personal exploration. The "use of self" model refers not only to clinical work, but to all training and supervisory experiences. Interns are expected to explore values, beliefs, biases and reactions in all of their training contexts.
Goals of Internship
The Doctoral Internship at the University of Texas at Dallas has four overarching goals, which reflect our training philosophy. They are:
- To facilitate interns' clinical competence as generalist practitioners, with an emphasis on counseling center practice.
- To foster interns' ethical practices and professionalism.
- To enhance interns' awareness, sensitivity, and skills in working professionally with diverse individuals, groups and communities who represent various cultural and personal backgrounds and characteristics (e.g. cultural, individual, and role differences, included those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation, disability, size, language, and socio-economic status).
- To facilitate the integration of interns' personal and professional identities.
In addition to these overarching goals, individual goals are collaboratively established with supervisors and the Training Director.