Counseling and Psychological Services

Internship Goals

Foundational Competencies

The goal of SUU’s predoctoral internship is to prepare interns for competent entry-level psychological practice. We focus on preparing interns in terms of foundational competencies, as defined by the Assessment of Competency Benchmarks Work Group. Interns are evaluated throughout the internship year on their progress in each of the following foundational competencies.

Professionalism - the ability to behave consistently with professional values and ethics, including integrity, responsibility, and concern for the welfare of others. The ability to behave professionally across various settings and to maintain a professional identity as a psychologist.

Reflective Practice – the ability to self-assess competence, to seek out and learn from feedback, to practice self-care, and to commit to one’s professional development.

Scientific Thinking – the ability to use and understand scientific methods, especially in applied practice. The ability to understand the scientific foundations of Evidence Based Practices and their limitations.

Relationships – the ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of clients, colleagues, organizations and communities. The ability to manage difficult communication.

Individual-Cultural Diversity – awareness, sensitivity and skill in working professionally with diverse individuals, groups and communities. The ability to acquire cultural knowledge of oneself and to understand complex dimensions of culture in others and to use that knowledge effectively in psychological work.

Ethical and Legal Standards – the possession of knowledge of ethical and legal standards of the profession and the ability to engage in ethical decision-making and behavior.

Interdisciplinary systems – the ability to understand the role of psychology as well as that of other disciplines, and to productively interact with professionals from related disciplines.

Functional Competencies

Interns are also expected to advance their levels of competence in the following functional competencies as defined by the Assessment of Competency Benchmarks Work Group.

Diagnosis, Assessment, Case Conceptualization – the ability to assess and diagnose problems, capabilities and issues. The ability to assess using a variety of methods, to accurately conceptualize cases and to communicate findings clearly and constructively.

Intervention – the ability to use interventions designed to alleviate suffering and to promote health and well-being.

Consultation – the ability to provide expert guidance or professional assistance in response to a client’s needs or goals, to a colleague, or within an organization or community.

Research, Outcome evaluation - the ability to evaluate the progress of own activities and use this information to improve own effectiveness.

Supervision, Teaching – understands complexity of supervisor role and has knowledge of procedures and practices of supervision. The ability to provide instruction and to disseminate knowledge in professional psychology.

Management, Administration – the ability to manage the direct delivery of services and/or the administration of organizations.

Advocacy – the ability to promote change by targeting social, political, economic, or cultural factors.

Interns will be expected to show entry-level competence in the three basic functional competencies of Diagnosis-Assessment-Case Conceptualization, Intervention, and Consultation. They will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of the areas of Research/Outcome Evaluation, Supervision-Teaching, Management-Administration, and Advocacy.