Internship Competencies

By the conclusion of the internship year, interns will have accomplished training in the following APA-designated Competencies for Health Service Psychologists through development of the described skills:

  1. Evidence Based Practice in Intervention

  • Interns develop therapy skills appropriate for working with typical college student concerns, including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, and disordered eating.
  • Interns develop comprehensive skills in risk assessment and crisis management.
  1. Evidence Based Practice in Assessment

  • Interns cultivate strong skills in diagnosis and treatment planning that are transferrable to other practice settings.
  • Interns learn how to interpret and utilize assessment in their work with clients for diagnostic and clinical outcome purposes.
  1. Consultation and Interprofessional/ Interdisciplinary Skills

  • Interns develop skills for effective case management, which include consulting with professionals for proper coordination of client care, providing referrals, and facilitating administrative processes often in collaboration with the Office of Academic Advising.
  • Interns learn how to manage a professional schedule such that they consider the UCC’s scope of services when making referrals, and balance client needs with other responsibilities as staff members of the UCC.
  • Interns participate in planning, development, and facilitation of campus outreach
  1. Supervision

  • Interns acquire knowledge of theories and models of supervision, particularly as they relate to working with diverse supervisees.
  • Interns learn to effectively provide supervision to a master’s counseling intern or psychology practicum student at the UCC.
  1. Cultural and Individual Diversity

Interns build multicultural competence for working with diverse people in mental health settings by:

  • attending diversity seminars and campus events
  • completing outside readings related to diversity
  • examining the cultural dynamics between therapist and client
  • reflecting on personal biases, privileges, and beliefs
  • participating in and leading one of the UCC’s monthly Diversity Dialogues with the entire staff
  • developing and implementing at least two outreach events addressing the unique needs of underrepresented populations on campus
  1. Research

  • Interns critically evaluate research as it relates to provision of service, supervision, outreach programming, and other professional areas.
  • Interns complete a professional research presentation in an area relevant to their experience with the WFUCC Psychology Internship.
  • Interns participate in program evaluation of services provided through the UCC, which will be presented as a poster at the annual Campus Life Assessment Expo in May.
  1. Ethical and Legal Standards

Interns increase their knowledge of ethical and legal standards and learn ethical decision-making skills through discussion of ethical issues in:

  • clinical staff meetings
  • seminars
  • individual supervision
  • group supervision
  1. Professional Values and Attitudes

  • Interns engage in the process of personal reflection to aid in development of self-awareness.
  • Interns develop a professional identity through functioning as a member of the UCC staff, attending weekly staff meetings and in-service trainings, becoming familiar with the structure and policies of the UCC, engaging in the same professional activities as all staff members, and receiving mentorship from supervisors and other senior staff members.
  1. Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Interns develop and maintain professional relationships and demonstrate effective interpersonal communication.
  • Interns demonstrate oral, nonverbal, and written communications that are informative and well integrated, as well as demonstrate a mastery of professional language used within the field of psychology.