Training Models and Goals

The NYU-Bellevue Clinical Psychology Internship Program adheres to the scholar-practitioner model, which emphasizes the development of scholarship across a number of theoretical and applied domains, as well as competence in a range of skills necessary for autonomous clinical practice. This model assumes the interdependence of scholarship and practice, such that clinical work follows from scholarship and rigorous critical thinking, and scholarly and research initiatives flow from an appreciation of the depth and breadth of clinical phenomena. This blend of science and practice is consistent with our training philosophy and best utilizes the diverse expertise of our training faculty.

The Program provides interns with numerous opportunities to gain further proficiency in an array of clinical modalities and therapeutic and assessment techniques, while serving a population that encompasses a broad variety of ages, cultures, psychiatric diagnoses and levels of functioning. The program seeks to facilitate the transition of the psychology intern with a strong academic foundation into a mature professional practitioner.

The Program further aims to train and prepare professional psychologists for the practice of psychology in accordance with the professional and ethical standards set forth by the American Psychological Association. The internship emphasizes the acquisition and integration of advanced clinical skills within a context of culturally-sensitive practice. The internship year is also intended to be a time during which the intern further develops a distinct identity as a well-rounded clinical psychologist.

The combination of diverse populations, training facilities, and eclectic faculty offers a multitude of training options. Within the general structure of the internship, the program is individualized to meet each trainee's specific needs. Clinical rotations are assigned after an initial assessment of each intern’s interests, experiences and training needs. Thereafter, regular meetings with the internship director allow the intern to remain aware of options available and to be involved in the decision-making process regarding the specific components of the program as it evolves. Attempts are made throughout the year both to address gaps in the intern's previous experience and to augment and nourish the special interests of each intern.

Consistent with our broad focus, interns from all three tracks are expected to gain as wide a range of clinical experience as possible. They will leave the program with the confidence derived from having worked closely with inpatients, outpatients, adults, adolescents, children, families and groups, and with both medical and psychiatric populations.

The specific goals, objectives and competencies of the internship are:

Goal #1: To develop of advanced clinical skills through the integration of theory, research and practice.

  • Objectives: The intern will further develop and refine their clinical skills through supervision and work in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings with patients who vary in age, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and level of functioning.

Competencies:

  • Conduct clinical interviewing and assessment leading to accurate diagnosis of patients
  • Formulate and conceptualize patients
  • Select and implement appropriate psychotherapeutic interventions for the patients’ presenting problems, diagnoses and level of functioning
  • Conduct effective, culturally-competent, goal-directed psychotherapy in a variety of modalities, including individual, family and group therapy

Goal #2: To facilitate the transition of interns from students to autonomous and responsible practicing psychologist.

  • Objectives: The intern will develop a sense of personal efficacy and a greater awareness of ethical issues and cultural competence through ongoing exposure to a wide variety of patients, intensive supervision and didactic training.

Competencies:

  • Be aware and be able to apply strict ethical standards
  • Manage cases effectively, including timely and appropriate treatment planning and documentation
  • Be aware and be able to apply culturally competent psychotherapy and assessment

Goal #3: To develop the ability to work effectively with healthcare professionals from other disciplines, including psychiatry, social work, nursing and activity therapy.

  • Objectives: The intern will work on a multidisciplinary treatment team across a variety of settings to learn to effectively partner with other professionals to ensure that patient care is integrative and comprehensive.

Competencies:

  • Maintain contact, effective communication and collaboration with other professionals
  • Be aware of different professions’ roles in and approaches to clinical care and be able to integrate those multiple approaches