Description of The Training Program
The primary objective of the clinical psychology internship program is to prepare doctoral candidates for entry-level positions in Health Service Psychology. The psychology interns are expected to integrate theoretical, clinical and professional issues into a general psychology practice. The focus of education and training is on enhancing previous academic and practicum training with instruction, supervision and experience in providing psychological services in a multidisciplinary publicly owned community mental health organization.
Wasatch Mental Health subscribes to a local clinical scientist model that encourages the intern to develop as a generalist, promoting an evidenced-based approach to clinical practice. The internship program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The training program is organized with a year long assignment in family clinics and psychological assessment services. These assignments are concurrent with each intern spending a part of each week in each assignment. We have found that this approach improves continuity of care for the clients.
Supervised practice is required in the following areas: psychotherapy with youth, families and adults through our family clinics, intake evaluations, and psychological evaluations including disability determination, neuropsychological and general psychological evaluations. There is an emphasis on the clinical documentation required by governmental agencies and funders.
Psychology interns participate in interdisciplinary team conferences on a weekly basis. They also have opportunities to consult with psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, mental health workers, caseworkers, and administrative staff. They consult with and provide liaison with other agencies including schools, social service agencies, courts and other mental health facilities.
Internship Training Goals
1. Interns will establish a professional identity and an understanding of the role of a psychologist as a mental health provider in a multi-disciplinary professional setting.
2. Interns will develop and demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to cultural and other individual differences.
3. Interns will develop and refine clinical skills in psychological assessment, diagnosis and treatment including assessment administration, interpretation, analysis, synthesis and documentation; diagnosis, treatment planning, treatment implementation, outcome evaluation and therapeutic documentation; and ethical practices.
4. Interns will develop an understanding of the mission and vision of Wasatch Mental Health and the principles of community mental health and integrate this understanding with the role of a psychologist.
5. Interns will develop and apply skills of consultation to their relationships with other entities such as courts, schools, social service agencies and law enforcement; and other individuals such as mental health providers, medical providers, care managers within Wasatch Mental Health and in other organizations.
Supervision/training includes at least two hours of individual supervision and two hours of group supervision per week; weekly group supervision sessions devoted to evidenced-based treatment/evaluation and supervision/consultation, as well as weekly didactic training seminars presented by Wasatch Mental Health psychologists, other Wasatch Mental Health professional staff members and guest lecturers. The primary supervising psychologists are extremely well prepared having each provided many years of mental health services. Meet our Psychology Internship Program Faculty and Supervisors.
Notice to Psychology Interns of Diverse Populations And Those Interested in Working with Special Needs Patients
In keeping with APA’s initiative to embrace diversity, Wasatch Mental Health is actively seeking to recruit psychology interns from a wide range of students of diversity as well as students who have special interests, talents, or experience in working with diverse populations.
About 2/3 of our total clientele are judged to be seriously and persistently mentally ill or severely emotionally disturbed and about 13% identify themselves with a non-majority racial group, excluding Hispanic. About 7% of our clientele identify themselves as Hispanic. We always have a need for Spanish-speaking clinicians.