St. Louis Psychology Internship Consortium

Philosophy and Goals

 

The program adheres to a Scientist-Practitioner model of training. The over-arching goal of the program is to develop professional psychologists who utilize the scientific method and are able to integrate scientific research in the professional practice of psychology in the context of client characteristics, culture, and preferences.  Scientific skills that inform clinical practice include a hypothesis testing approach to clinical practice, application of specific research to practice, use of empirically supported assessment and treatment approaches, and the systematic collection and analysis of information in clinical investigation.  We encourage interns to examine the efficacy of their work with their clients and to consult the research literature for guidance regarding not only which treatment approaches are best suited to particular problems, but to inform their understanding of multiple systems (e.g., family systems, organizational, cultural). While formal research opportunities are not available during the internship training year, the primary emphasis is providing clinical supervision that is informed by current research and producing psychologists whose generalized and specialized clinical practice incorporates current research findings and is conducted with a scientific temper.

The internship training program is designed to help interns prepare for professional careers as psychologists.  It is our view that newly trained clinical psychology interns should be prepared to function as qualified and competent entry-level practitioners who can provide an array of psychological services in a variety of settings.  As such, the program incorporates a broad range of professional training activities designed to introduce intern trainees to a range of experiences which they are likely to encounter as they enter the ranks of professional psychology. Training experiences are designed to facilitate the development of a broad knowledge base and intermediate to advanced competencies in the following areas:

1)    diagnosis and assessment;

2)    psychotherapeutic intervention;

3)    appreciation of individual differences and cultural diversity;

4)    professional conduct, ethics and legal issues;

5)    consultation and supervision;

6)    scholarly inquiry and application of current scientific knowledge to practice.