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  • Counseling Center
    202-885-3500
    Fax: 202-885-1397
    Mary Graydon, Room 214

    Mon and Thurs: 9am-6pm
    Tues, Wed, and Fri: 9am-5pm

    Summer hours: M-F 9am-5pm

    Closed Saturday and Sunday

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Internship: Goals and Objectives

Eric Friedheim Quadrangle










G
oal #1: To produce graduates who have the requisite knowledge and skills for entry into the practice of professional psychology in a counseling or private practice setting.

Objective 1: To acquire knowledge and clinical skills in providing individual psychotherapy.
Competencies Expected:
-Interns will demonstrate the ability to form and maintain therapeutic alliances with their individual clients through effective listening, empathy, and other relationship building skills.
- Interns will demonstrate the ability to employ appropriate therapeutic interventions.

Objective 2: To acquire knowledge and clinical skills in providing group psychotherapy.
Competencies Expected:
-Interns will become proficient in skills related to the selection of clients for group therapy.
-Interns will become proficient group psychotherapy intervention skills.
-Interns will become proficient in skills related to being a co-leader of a group.

Objective 3: To develop intake and diagnostic assessment skills.
Competencies Expected:
-Interns will become proficient in assessment of client problem areas and needs.
-Interns will become proficient in developing and implementing recommendations for treatment based on clinical assessment skills.
-Interns will become knowledgeable and proficient in assessing goodness of fit for clients to engage in group therapy.

Objective 4: To acquire knowledge and skills in crisis intervention.
Competencies Expected:
-Interns will become proficient in assessment of clients in crisis.
-Interns will develop skills in conceptualizing client needs in crisis and will develop appropriate safety plans for clients in distress.

Objective 5: To (prepare professional psychology interns as practitioners who can) provide outreach and consultation.
Competencies Expected:
-Interns will become proficient in the development of outreach programming.
-Interns will become proficient in the provision of outreach programming.
-Interns will develop skills required to provide consultation.

Objective 6: To develop knowledge and skills in providing clinical supervision.
Competencies Expected:
-Interns will develop good working relationships with their supervisees.
-Interns will be proficient at assisting supervisees in skill building.


Goal #2: To produce interns who are grounded in their ability to integrate theory and research into clinical practice.

Objective 1: To expand intern’s knowledge of theories and research related to clinical practice
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Competencies Expected:
-Interns will expand their knowledge of research and theories related to both individual and group psychotherapy.
-Interns will expand their knowledge of research and theory related to non-direct contact clinical skills(i.e., supervision, outreach, consultation).

Objective 2: To develop intern’s capacity to integrate knowledge of theories and research into their clinical practice.

Competencies Expected:
-Interns will demonstrate a capacity to integrate knowledge of theories and research on psychotherapy into their clinical practice
-Interns will demonstrate the capacity to integrate research and theory related to non-direct contact clinical skills(i.e., supervision, outreach, consultation) into their practice in these areas


Goal #3: To foster interns’ professional identity as a psychologist that engenders a life-long commitment to learning.


Objective 1: To develop an ongoing commitment to continued learning.
Competencies Expected:
-Intern will demonstrate commitment to continued learning in psychotherapy.
-Intern will demonstrate commitment to continued learning in areas of outreach, consultation, supervision, and other areas of professional psychology.


Goal #4: To facilitate a professional identity that incorporates an awareness of self and an understanding of and respect for diversity (e.g., gender, ethnicity, disability).


Objective 1: To develop a professional identity that incorporates an awareness of self.
Competencies Expected:
-Intern demonstrates an ongoing commitment to self-awareness and self-examination.
-Intern demonstrates the personal and professional awareness of strengths, limitations and areas of growth as a clinician.

Objective 2: To develop the knowledge, sensitivity and clinical skills needed to work with diverse populations.
Competencies Expected:
-Interns will become knowledgeable of the impact of issues of diversity on the therapeutic relationship and of practices to engage in sensitivity around these issues.
-Interns will become knowledgeable of the impact of issues of diversity on outreach, consultation and supervision of trainees.


Goal #5: To engender an understanding and knowledge of professional issues and their application in the clinical setting.


Objective 1: To develop a professional identity sufficient to enable the intern to function as ethical psychologist in a variety of settings.
Competencies Expected:
-Interns will develop an awareness of ethical behavior and ability to integrate into their practice in therapeutic settings.
-Interns will develop an awareness of ethical behavior and ability to integrate into their outreach, consultation, and supervision work.

Objective 2: To develop a professional identity sufficient to enable the intern to function with a sense of professionalism in a variety of settings.
Competencies Expected:
-Interns will develop an awareness of professional behavior and ability to integrate into their practice in therapeutic settings.
-Interns will develop an awareness of professional behavior and ability to integrate into their outreach, consultation, and supervision.