Internship Philosophy, Aim, and Competencies
The CAPS Doctoral Internship Training Program in Health Service Psychology is based upon a Practitioner Scholar Model. As such, the purpose of our program is to train interns whose work is informed by practice, theory, and research, and who take into account individual, cultural, and societal considerations in their clinical work and service delivery.
The aim of the CAPS Internship Program is to provide the professional training and experience necessary for independent entry-level work as a health service psychologist in a wide variety of settings, including university counseling centers. We are invested in helping interns develop a range of competencies through which they may implement a broad set of skills, theoretical and clinical knowledge, and methods of inquiry in the practice of psychology. Common to all of these competencies is the further refinement of ethical decision-making and the proficiency to professionally engage in multicultural and diverse settings.
In accordance with the APA Standards of Accreditation, there are nine profession-wide competencies in which interns are trained and evaluated:
- Ethical and Legal Standards
- Individual and Cultural Diversity
- Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors
- Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills
These competencies are further delineated and operationalized throughout training experiences and in evaluation forms so interns can understand the goals toward which they are working as well as the criteria by which they will be evaluated.