Our Program Philosophy, Goals and Objectives


The philosophy of the Psychology Internship program is consistent with the three missions of the Indiana University School of Medicine: Service, Education and Research. The primary goal of our program is to train psychologists in Health Service Psychology who can make use of current research to implement evidence-based practice in a variety of clinical settings, and who will complete the program better prepared to conduct research that will be informed by experience in real-world clinical settings.  Our program seeks applicants who have strong clinical training as well as a strong background in conducting and utilizing research.  During their internship year, interns are provided with extensive opportunities to apply knowledge gained through research in assessment and intervention situations.  


Aim 1:

To produce health care professionals, prepared for entry level practice and licensure, who are able to provide quality, evidence-based assessment and treatment to patients across the lifespan, and from diverse backgrounds.

Competency A: Assessment

Outcome 1: Selects and applies assessment methods that draw from the best available empirical literature that reflects the science of measurement and psychometrics

Outcome 2: Collects relevant data using multiple sources and methods appropriate to the identified goals and questions of the assessment as well as relevant diversity characteristics of the service recipient

Outcome 3: Interprets assessment results following current research and professional standards and guidelines to inform diagnostic classification, case conceptualization and treatment recommendations

Outcome 4: Guards against decision-making biases, distinguishing the aspects of assessment that are subjective from those that are objective

Outcome 5: Communicates orally and in written documents the findings and implications of the assessment in an accurate and effective manner sensitive to a range of audiences

Competency B: Intervention

Outcome 1: Establishes and maintains effective relationships with the recipients of psychological services

Outcome 2: Develops evidence-based intervention plans specific to the service delivery goals

Outcome 3: Implements interventions informed by the current scientific literature, assessment findings, diversity characteristics and contextual variables

Outcome 4: Demonstrates the ability to apply the relevant research literature to clinical decision making.

Outcome 5: Modifies and adapts evidence-based approaches effectively when a clear evidence base is lacking

Outcome 6: Evaluates intervention effectiveness and adapts intervention goals and methods consistent with ongoing evaluation. 

Competency C: Diversity

Outcome 1: Demonstrates understanding of how own personal/cultural history, attitudes and biases may affect own understanding of and interactions with people different from themselves

Outcome 2: Demonstrates knowledge of the current theoretical and empirical knowledge base as it relates to addressing diversity in all professional activities including research, training, supervision/consultation and service

Outcome 3: Demonstrates the ability to integrate awareness and knowledge of individual and cultural differences in the conduct of professional roles including research, service and other professional activities

Outcome 4: Demonstrates the ability to apply a framework for working effectively with areas of individual and cultural diversity not previously encountered over the course of prior training

Outcome 5: Demonstrates ability to work effectively with individuals whose group membership, demographic characteristics, or worldviews create conflict with their own

Outcome 6: Demonstrates the ability to independently apply knowledge and approach in working with the range of diverse individuals encountered during internship

Competency D: Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills

Outcome 1: Demonstrates knowledge and respect for the roles and perspectives of other professionals

Outcome 2: Applies knowledge of consultation models and practices in consultation with individuals and their families, other health care professionals, interprofessional groups, or systems related to health and behavior.  This can include consultation to other trainees.  

Outcome 3: Demonstrates ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team to provide comprehensive assessment and treatment

Aim 2:

To produce professionals who can competently engage in aspects of practice outside direct care delivery such as supervision, and research.  

Competency A: Supervision

Outcome 1: Demonstrates knowledge of supervision models and practices

Outcome 2: Applies knowledge of supervision models and practices with psychology trainees or other health service professionals.  This may include role-played supervision or peer supervision with other trainees.

Competency B: Research

Outcome 1: Demonstrates the ability to critically evaluate research

Outcome 2: Demonstrates ability to disseminate research or other scholarly activities via activities such as case conferences, presentations, or publications the local (including host institution), regional or national level.  

Aim 3:

To produce professionals who adhere to the highest levels of ethical and professional behavior in all aspects of their work.

Competency A: Ethical and Legal Standards

Outcome 1: Demonstrates good knowledge of and acts in accordance with the current version of the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct

Outcome 2: Demonstrates good knowledge of and acts in accordance with relevant laws, regulations, rules and policies governing health service psychology at the organizational, local, state, regional and federal levels

Outcome 3: Demonstrates good knowledge of and acts in accordance with relevant professional standards and guidelines

Outcome 4: Recognizes ethical dilemmas as they arise, and applies ethical decision making processes in order to resolve the dilemmas

Outcome 5: Conducts self in an ethical manner in all professional activities

Competency B: Professional Values, Attitudes and Behaviors

Outcome 1: Behaves in ways that reflect the values and attitudes of psychology including integrity, deportment, professional identity, accountability, lifelong learning, and concern for the welfare of others

Outcome 2: Engages in self-reflection regarding personal and professional functioning and engages in activities to maintain and improve performance, well-being and professional effectiveness

Outcome 3: Actively seeks and demonstrates openness and responsiveness to feedback and supervision

Outcome 4: Responds professionally in increasingly complex situations

Competency C: Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Outcome 1: Develops and maintains effective relationships with a wide range of individuals including colleagues, communities, organizations, supervisors, supervisees, and those receiving professional services 

Outcome 2: Produces and comprehends oral, nonverbal, and written communications that are informative and well-integrated

Outcome 3: Demonstrates a thorough grasp of professional language and concepts

Outcome 4: Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills and the ability to manage difficult communication well

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