The internship program at CAPS employs a developmental-mentorship-practitioner training model. The guiding principal is that learning is a developmental process that is dependent on support, challenge, feedback, and role modeling. The training model is supported by the following principles that are infused into all aspects of the training curriculum:
The internship program’s mentorship focus emphasizes the relationships that interns develop with CAPS staff members over the course of the internship year. Staff members serve as role models, resources, and advocates as interns cultivate and consolidate their identity as professional psychologists. The internship program facilitates maximum interaction between interns and staff members through a variety of clinical, training, supervisory, and outreach/consultation activities.
The practitioner orientation of the internship program emphasizes the importance of applying existing knowledge and skills. Learning is continual, and accumulates through reflective clinical practice during the internship year. Intern development occurs through both didactic and experiential learning activities, which are informed by relevant scholarly literature.