The intent of our doctoral internship in professional psychology is to provide a broadly based and integrated scholar-practitioner program for this capstone year of graduate training in clinical or counseling psychology. The application of psychological science, broadly defined, is at the foundation of developmentally sequenced experiential learning in multiple intervention modalities, and is supported by intensive supervision, seminar experiences, opportunities for role models and mentors, and a commitment to life-long learning.
Our internship is designed to prepare ethical and multiculturally sensitive professional psychologists who can move with competence, creativity and flexibility into a variety of positions providing clinical, consultation and outreach services to adults in outpatient settings, and providing training to students and other clinicians. Self-reflection and interpersonal dialogue are highly valued aspects of our training. Supervisors and seminar facilitators encourage, but never require, self-disclosure of personal information that may facilitate or hinder psychological practice or collegial relationships.
We value our multicultural, multidisciplinary and multitheoretical learning and working environment. Enhancement of multicultural skills is an important aspect of our program, with interns participating in a weekly multicultural seminar and staff actively engaged in examining our own multiple identities. Our staff and training program is multidisciplinary, involving clinical psychologists, counseling psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatrists, and a psychiatric nurse practitioner. The diverse theoretical approaches utilized by staff enrich our work while our shared awareness of developmental issues and of brief therapy provide common ground.
The University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services' pre-doctoral internship in professional psychology seeks to provide a broadly based scholar-practitioner program for this capstone year of graduate training in clinical or counseling psychology. The specific goals of our internship are to develop professionals who:
- Have gained a substantial body of clinical experience, supported by developmentally sequenced experiential learning.
- Have an understanding of the importance of outreach and consultation and are able to provide these services.
- Make meaningful contributions to training programs.
- Work in multidisciplinary environments, have the knowledge, skills, and awareness for multiculturally competent work, and are able to integrate multiple theoretical perspectives into their therapeutic interventions.
- Are able to integrate science into practice and value the contributions of practice to psychological science.
- Have a clear and strong professional identity.
We expect that students will contribute to the CAPS mission through engaging in the work of the agency. However, we recognize that the trainee is a student and therefore will not be held to the same work expectations as permanent staff