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Training Philosophy

Training Philosophy

 

Trainees Are Primarily In Training.

The primary purpose of the internship is to train interns to practice psychology. Intensive supervision and didactic instruction are the primary vehicles for training and evaluating interns.

 

Mentorship Is The Cornerstone Of Professional Development.

Interns are always under the direct supervision and guidance of several staff members. The CTC Training Program is founded on the belief that individuals grow primarily as the product of significant relationships. The Intern-Supervisor relationship provides the foundation for growth in core skill areas and in professional identity development.

 

Interns Are in Training to Develop Professional Identities.

CTC staff provides opportunities for interns to work with culturally diverse professionals from various disciplines (e.g., clinical and counseling psychology, social work, student services, marriage and family therapy, medicine, and nursing). Interns are provided time to process and reflect on their experiences in order to promote growth and integration of their professional confidence.

 

The Growth Of A Professional Identity Occurs Developmentally.

The Training Program provides higher levels of direction and structure initially, with movement towards greater autonomy and responsibility. High levels of structure assist transition into a new system by providing guidance and direction. Interns have multiple opportunities to be increasingly autonomous in all aspects of their functioning at the CTC.

 

Training Needs Are Met Through the Expertise of CTC Staff and Other Campus and Community Professionals.

The CTC provides exposure to a broad range of experiences and theoretical perspectives during the year, both internally and externally. This allows interns to seek their own areas of interest within different venues such as clinical intervention, programming, consultation, psycho-pharmacology, assessment, multiculturalism, didactics, case presentation, and scholarly inquiry.

 

Individuals Learn In Individual Ways.

The Training Program uses various learning methods including practical experiences, modeling, process-based activities, group, didactic, experiential, and self-guided learning. The CTC provides an environment that is supportive and challenging and based in part on interns' self-assessments. Time is spent initially working with interns to assist them in defining their goals and desires for training.

 

Psychologists Are Informed Through the Integration of Science And Practice.

Theory, research, and practice mutually inform each other. Interns are guided and encouraged in their pursuit of observing, inferring, formulating, and evaluating clinical hypotheses. Interns generate clinical hypotheses based on theory and research.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14