The aim of the Internship Program is to produce a professional psychologist equipped with the essential treatment and assessment skills requisite to intervening with the full spectrum of psychopathological configurations. The intern should be capable of providing the full range of services needed to work within the public mental health sector and in particular, the skills to treat all levels of mental illness. The training objective is to enhance professional skills under supervision and to provide a means for the graduate student to develop and mature in his or her professional identity as a clinician and as a functioning member of a clinical team.
It is the goal of the program to train interns in the attainment of a high degree of expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of acutely and chronically ill patients in a variety of hospital-based settings. These settings include outpatient services, inpatient hospitalization services and wellness-recovery services, previously known as a day treatment setting. Competency should also be achieved in psychological testing, rapid clinical assessment, interdisciplinary consultation, electronic record keeping and work with managed care insurance companies. Interns completing training in the Clinical Psychology Internship Program at Maimonides Medical Center should be well prepared for work in the public sector of mental health.
Training takes place in an interdisciplinary setting. In such a setting, the psychologist’s role is fundamental. For example, when the intern performs and reports on psychodiagnostic examinations, he or she is a consultant to the clinical staff. In enhancing the understanding of a patient (i.e., solving diagnostic issues and generating treatment plans) the intern develops communication skills and leadership qualities. The core of the program is a rotation through the clinical units of the Medical Center. Assignments to the Inpatient Unit, the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Service, the Adult Outpatient Service, and the Wellness Recovery Program offer an opportunity to gain extensive experience in the treatment of psychopathology.
As outlined in our recent self-study, we have set the following global goals for our internship year:
Goal #1: To train prospective psychologists who are in their internship year, in the attainment of a high degree of expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of acutely and chronically ill patients in a variety of hospital based settings, including outpatient services, inpatient hospitalization services and wellness-recovery services.
Goal #2: To teach interns to be able to do rapid assessment and to work in an interdisciplinary team model.
Goal #3: To instruct interns both didactically and by professional example to achieve a high level of both professionalism in the field of psychology as well as the highest level of ethical conduct.
Goal #4: To be competent in offering long term treatment to both adults and children.