Oakland PSC Internship | Training Program
The Oakland Psychological Services Center adheres to a Practitioner-Scholar model of pre-doctoral internship training, which is full-time in duration and includes a minimum of 1,500 hours of training over a 12-month period. The training program utilizes evidenced-based assessment and intervention protocols, and provides interns with a broad range of experiences. Internships increase in depth and complexity as the program year progresses, supporting interns to attain the competencies that are foundational to professional development and to independent practice. Specific emphasis is placed upon professionalism; reflective practice and self-care; scientific knowledge and methods; relationships; individual and cultural diversity; ethical and legal standards; interdisciplinary systems; assessment; intervention; consultation; research and evaluation; supervision; and advocacy.
The program is designed to develop professional psychologists who provide the highest quality care, and who are life-long learners capable of engaging in ongoing education, scientific inquiry and scholarly endeavors.
The PSC adheres to the following training principles:
- Initial caseload assignments are consistent with the intern’s developmental level
- Intensive supervision of case activity is provided
- Each student is supported to administrator, score, and interpret myriad assessment instruments. (Initially, the intern’s administration, scoring, interpretation, and report writing will occur under close supervision by either the primary supervisor or other assigned supervisors. Once a reasonable level of competency is established, the interns work more independently but continue to be supervised throughout the rotation)
- Interns act as co-consultants with a supervisor. As competence increases, interns consult alone
- Interns are provided time to participate in weekly didactic training and monthly seminars that include case conferences and presentations on clinical and professional issues. Additionally, the clinic provides regular in-service educational opportunities (available to all interns), and includes interns in administrative meetings, case conferences, and intake conferences. Meetings where interns share information among themselves or consult with other psychologists are held to offer additional forums for learning and professional development
- Interns receive at least 2 hours of individual supervision and 2 hours of group supervision per week
- Interns present journal articles after case presentations, and facilitate discussions that relate the significance of the article to practicing psychologists (Journal articles must be pre-approved by the intern’s supervisor and, have been published in a reputable journal within the last two-years.)
The PSC’s training elements are experiential, and focus upon the supervised administration of psychological assessments and provision of individual and group interventions. Training elements include:
Individual Supervision: Each intern receives two hours of weekly clinical supervision. All primary and secondary supervisors are licensed clinical psychologists. In concert with the tri-annual Supervisor Evaluations and Self Assessments, each intern receives an Individual Learning Plan (ILP), which is reviewed and updated throughout the internship year.
Group Supervision: Each intern receives two hours of group supervision per week. As is the case with individual supervision, a licensed clinical psychologist provides group supervision. The objectives of group supervision are to provide interns with opportunities to apply psychological theory and research, to review case conceptualization, to develop skills for offering and receiving feedback, and to support intern professional development.
Weekly Didactic Training: All interns attend three-hour, weekly didactic sessions. Didactic training offers the interns opportunities to socialize with peers, as well as to learn about a wide variety of evidenced-based practices, and contemporary issues. The didactic trainings are divided into three subcategories:
Competency Development: During the first quarter, didactic trainings focus on the core competencies that are emphasized by the training program (i.e., professionalism; reflective practice and self-care; scientific knowledge and methods; relationships; individual and cultural diversity; ethical and legal standards; interdisciplinary systems; assessment; intervention; consultation; research and evaluation; supervision; and advocacy).
Evidenced-Based Practices and Contemporary Issues: During October-May, students receive didactics in evidence-based practices related to treatment approaches (such as CBT), and working with specific populations (such veterans, the elderly, the severely mentally ill, etc.). Issues related to practice, such as suicide assessment and working with defiant patients, are also explored.
Intern Case Presentations: Each intern is expected to give a case presentation during his or her internship year. The PSC provides interns with specific guidelines to structure their presentations. Interns are expected to present material in an organized, professional manner and to articulate their case conceptualization, treatment rationale, and diagnoses in a clear, concise format alluding to relevant research. Interns are also expected to address issues related to diversity and to discuss any relevant ethical and/or professional issues. Interns are reviewed by their peers and supervisor(s) and given feedback about their presentations.
Criteria for Successful Completion of Internship
Successful completion of the internship occurs when the intern:
- Completes a minimum 1,500 hour, full-time internship commitment
- Receives satisfactory evaluations by primary supervisors
- Obtains approval by the Internship Training Director and Executive Director of the PSC
- Completes all internship assignments that are required by both the primary supervisor and the Training Director.