Approach to Training

WCPIP provides experiences consistent with a Local Clinical Scientist Model (Stricker and Trierweiler, 1995). The basic philosophy maintains that effective training is accomplished by providing comprehensive experiential opportunities in diverse settings through application of scientific inquiry to clinical problems.

Core Values

Core Values of the Program are as follows:

  1. Individualized Process. An effort is made to be responsive to each individual intern's preference for training activities geared toward long-term professional goals while adhering to the professional standards and ethical guidelines of psychologists.
  2. Assessment of Skills and Competencies. Special effort is given to initial evaluation of functioning within key professional areas. Each intern engages in specific goal setting with their supervisory team to establish priorities within the training experience.
  3. Breadth of Clinical Experience. The majority of the interns' time is spent engaged in functions at their primary agency. One day per week is spent at another agency within the consortium to insure training in the experience of diverse local environments.
  4. Readiness for Post-Doctoral/Entry Level Practice. As interns progress through the series of evaluation meetings with their supervisory team they are encouraged to increase initiative and assume responsibility for self-direction and professional development.

The above values are implemented via the following specific goals and objectives.

Goals and Objectives

  1. To develop interns capable of practicing as entry level health service psychologists in a variety of clinical settings.
    • Each graduate will have entry level knowledge and skill in assessment and diagnosis.
    • Each graduate will have entry level knowledge and skills in intervention and treatment.
    • Each graduate will have entry level competence in consultation.
    • Each graduate will have entry level knowledge and/or skill in supervision.
  2. To develop interns who utilize knowledge of current scholarly information and a scientific attitude and approach to their clinical practice.
    • Each graduate will have entry level competence in scholarly inquiry.
    • Each graduate will be able to apply the Local Clinical Scientist Model to the practice of health service psychology.
  3. To develop interns capable of initiative and responsible for self direction and professional development.
    • Each graduate will have entry level knowledge and competence in ethics and professional standards relative to the practice of health service psychology.
  4. To empower interns to respect and address cultural diversity and individual differences.
    • Each graduate will have entry level competence and knowledge of diversity issues relative to the practice of health service psychology.

Methods

  1. Provide interns regular, intensive supervision of their activities.
  2. Provide breadth of experience in diverse settings.
  3. Provide individualized opportunity in addition to the core training experience.
  4. Obtain an initial rating (self and supervisors) of intern function in each of the competency areas as part of the goal-setting process.
  5. Create a plan for each intern to achieve a rating of at least Entry Level Competency by the end of the internship year in each of the areas evaluated.
  6. Provide opportunity to apply scientific inquiry to clinical problems.

The WCPIP training faculty is committed to assist interns in identifying, testing, and refining "best practices" in psychology with respect to empirically supported approaches. Weighing the interpersonal, familial, cultural, regional, economic, and social influences that impact a person's life promotes the "localized" perspective. This process facilitates a match between "best practices" and the specific needs of the individual.

Professional identity and development are recognized as integral components of an intern's experience at WCPIP. Interns from all agencies attend weekly seminars together to foster this. Seminar topics focus on the goals, objectives and competencies of the internship program (see above). Interns are invited to participate in continuing education opportunities available at agency sponsored workshops and conferences throughout the training year.