Program Philosophy

Aim:

The Utah Psychology Internship Consortium's mission is to prepare, train and retain high quality culturally competent psychologists to provide behavioral health care for the rural and underserved people of Utah.

Competencies and Learning Elements:

Overarching Goals: The Utah Psychology Internship Consortium (UT-PIC) represents the collaborative effort of three Utahan state agencies and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, WICHE, to share resources and faculty for the purpose of providing a broad and general educational program for psychology interns.

Our program offers one year, full-time internship positions at agencies across Utah. It is expected that by the conclusion of the internship year, interns will have achieved intermediate to advanced competence in APA’s nine Profession Wide Competencies and associated Learning Elements. The following represents a list of all required competencies and a general summary of associated learning elements:

Competency 1: Interns will achieve competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the area of Research.
Learning Elements related to this competency include the following:

  • Evaluation and/or dissemination of research or other scholarly activities
  • Application of scientific knowledge to practice

Competency 2: Interns will achieve competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the area of Ethical and Legal Standards.
Learning Elements related to this competency include the following:

  • Knowledge of ethical, legal, and professional standards
  • Recognition of ethical dilemmas
  • Adherence to ethical principles and guidelines
  • Consult appropriately with supervisor to act upon ethical and legal aspects of practice.

Competency 3: Interns will achieve competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the area of Individual and Cultural Diversity.
Learning Elements related to this competency include the following:

  • Cultural awareness of self and others
  • Effective navigation of cultural differences
  • Effects of cultural considerations on clinical activities
  • Evidence-informed approach to cultural considerations
  • Initiate discussion with supervisors as appropriate about diversity issues and integrate feedback into practice.

Competency 4: Interns will achieve competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the area of Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors.
Learning Elements related to this competency include the following:

  • Behave 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.
  • Engage in self-reflection regarding one’s personal and professional functioning; engage in activities to maintain and improve performance, well-being, and professional effectiveness.
  • Actively seek and demonstrate openness and responsiveness to feedback and supervision.
  • Respond professionally in increasingly complex situations with a greater degree of independence as they progress across levels of training.
  • Accept responsibility for meeting deadlines, completing required documentation promptly and accurately.

Competency 5: Interns will achieve competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the area of Communication and Interpersonal Skills.
Learning Elements related to this competency include the following:

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of individuals, including colleagues, communities, organizations, supervisors, supervisees, and those receiving professional services.
  • Produce and comprehend oral, nonverbal, and written communications that are informative and well-integrated; demonstrate a thorough grasp of professional language and concepts.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills and the ability to manage difficult communication well.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and comfort with the technological systems necessary for professional engagement.
  • Demonstrate understanding of appropriate social media activities that maintain professionalism and respect.

Competency 6: Interns will achieve competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the area of Assessment.
Learning Elements related to this competency include the following:

  • Select and apply assessment methods that draw from the best available empirical literature and that reflect the science of measurement and psychometrics; collect 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.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the knowledge of functional and dysfunctional behaviors including context to the assessment and/or diagnostic process.
  • Interpret assessment results, following current research and professional standards and guidelines, to inform case conceptualization, classification, and recommendations, while guarding against decision-making biases, distinguishing the aspects of assessment that are subjective from those that are objective.
  • Communicate orally and in written documents the findings and implications of the assessment in an accurate and effective manner sensitive to a range of audiences.
  • Articulate relevant developmental features, clinical symptoms, and cultural factors as applied to presenting questions and findings (e.g., intergenerational trauma).

Competency 7: Interns will achieve competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the area of Intervention
Learning Elements related to this competency include the following:

  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with the recipients of psychological services.
  • Develop evidence-based intervention plans using best practice guidelines specific to the service delivery goals.
  • Implement interventions informed by the current scientific literature, assessment findings, diversity characteristics, and contextual variables.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the relevant research literature to clinical decision making.
  • Modify and adapt evidence-based approaches effectively when a clear evidence-base is lacking.
  • Evaluate intervention effectiveness, and adapt intervention goals and methods consistent with ongoing evaluation.

Competency 8: Interns will achieve competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the area of Supervision.
Learning Elements related to this competency include the following:

  • Apply supervision knowledge in direct or simulated practice with psychology trainees, or other health professionals. Examples of direct or simulated practice examples of supervision include, but are not limited to, role-played supervision with others, and peer supervision with other trainees.
  • Demonstrate understanding of roles and responsibilities of the supervisor and supervisee in the supervision process.
    • Collaborate with supervisor and provides feedback regarding supervisory process.
    • Seek supervision to improve performance, presenting work for feedback, and integrating feedback into performance.
  • Provide feedback to peers regarding peers' clinical work in context of group supervision or case conference.

Competency 9: Interns will achieve competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the area of Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills.
Learning Elements related to this competency include the following:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and respect for the roles and perspectives of other professions.
  • Apply this knowledge in direct or simulated consultation with individuals and their families, other health care professionals, interprofessional groups, or systems related to health and behavior. Examples include but are not limited to role-played consultation with others, peer consultation or provision of consultation to other trainees, and consultation within a direct care team or setting.