Mission, Model & Diversity / Competencies & Traning Elements / INTERN EXPECTATIONS

El Paso Psychology Internship Consortium


Competency I:  Research Training Elements:
  • Integrates evidence-based theoretical/conceptual framework into practice
  • Utilizes scholarly literature in determining treatment approaches and conceptualizations
  • Utilizes supervision to discuss how to apply scientific knowledge in work with clients
  • Demonstrates knowledge of theories and methods of program evaluation
  • Demonstrates the substantially independent ability to critically evaluate and disseminate research or other scholarly activities at the local, regional, or national level
Competency II:  Ethical and Legal Standards Training Elements:
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and acts in accordance with the following; the current version of the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct; relevant laws, regulations, rules, and policies governing health service psychology at the organizational, local, state, regional, and federal levels; other relevant professional standards and guidelines pertaining to the profession of psychology
  • Demonstrates ethical conduct with clients, co-workers, and others
  • Recognizes ethical dilemmas as they arise, and applies ethical decision-making processes in order to resolve the dilemmas
Competency III:  Individual and Cultural Diversity Training Elements
  • Demonstrates an understanding of how individual and cultural diversity affects psychological and personality development
  • Demonstrates awareness of and respect for cultural differences
  • Considers cultural issues in case conceptualization and diagnosis
  • Considers cultural issues in selection of assessment and treatment modalities
  • Demonstrates understanding of own cultural background and its impact on work with diverse clients
  • Utilizes scholarly literature to inform practice with diverse clients
  • Demonstrates comfort in working with diverse populations
  • Uses culturally appropriate interventions with clients
  • Utilizes knowledge about the role of culture in work with clients
Competency IV:  Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors Training Elements
  • Attends scheduled appointments, training activities, and meetings consistently and on-time
  • Demonstrates appropriate physical conduct, including attire, consistent with context
  • Engages in self-reflection and demonstrates understanding of the impact of self on others
  • Demonstrates effective self-care
  • Writes professional case notes and other clinical documentation
  • Completes all required documentation in a timely manner
  • Demonstrates effective management of clinical responsibilities
  • Follows proper procedures in protecting client information and case files
  • Demonstrates the previously stated professional activities with a greater degree of independence as they progress through their training
Competency V:  Communication and Interpersonal Skills Training Elements
  • Communicates with and maintains appropriate relationships with clients, supervisors, and others in a professional and respectful manner
  • Demonstrates awareness of internship setting and works appropriately within that setting
  • Understands and produces documentation presented in a variety of communication styles (oral, nonverbal, and written)
  • Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills and the ability to manage difficult communication well
Competency VI:  Assessment Training Elements
  • Demonstrates a thorough working knowledge of psychological diagnostic nomenclature
  • Utilizes historical, interview, and psychometric data to diagnose accurately
  • Considers multicultural factors, diagnostic questions, and alternate diagnoses when selecting appropriate assessment instruments
  • Accurately administers and scores assessment instruments
  • Appropriately interprets results of assessment instruments
  • Integrates relevant data to answer presented assessment questions in a psychological report
  • Appropriately conveys assessment results and conclusions to client
Competency VII:  Intervention Training Elements
  • Establishes and maintains effective relationships with the recipients of psychological services
  • Appropriately assesses for risk of harm to self or others
  • Demonstrates capacity to manage high-risk clinical situations effectively and ethically
  • Considers client input and factors of diversity when developing intervention plans
  • Appropriately conceptualizes and describes presenting issues
  • Develops evidence-based intervention plans specific to the service delivery goals
  • Implements interventions informed by the current scientific literature, assessment findings, diversity characteristics, and contextual variables
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply the relevant research literature to clinical decision making
  • Modifies and adapts evidence-based approaches effectively when a clear evidence-base is lacking
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and impact of self on therapeutic relationship
  • Effectively evaluates intervention effectiveness using a variety of resources (objective measures, clinical consultation, supervision, etc.) and can readily make adjustments as necessary
Competency VII:  Supervision Training Elements
  • Receiving Supervision
    • Demonstrates an understanding of the supervision process
    • Communicates supervision needs and preferences
    • Seeks supervision to address challenges and barriers in clinical work, ethical conduct, diversity issues and professionalism
    • Arrives adequately prepared for supervision
    • Demonstrates openness and non-defensiveness in supervision
    • Demonstrates willingness and ability to integrate feedback to improve clinical skills and to further professional development
    • Works with supervisor to set goals and tracks progress toward achieving goals
  • Providing Supervision
    • Demonstrates knowledge of models of supervision
    • Demonstrates knowledge of the supervision process
    • Applies knowledge of appropriate supervision skills
Competency IX:  Consultation and Interprofessional/interdisciplinary Skills Training Elements
  • Demonstrates an understanding of using a team approach to provide clinical services
  • Actively seeks out consultation from supervisors and staff as well as outside agencies
  • Effectively consults with other professional staff and community providers regarding mental health issues
  • Applies knowledge of theories and methods of consultation
  • Discusses how cultural factors may impact conceptualization and adjusts treatment plan accordingly