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Theoretical Orientation

The theoretical orientation of the clinical training program is as diverse as the various contributing faculty members.  This diversity is reflected in the specific rotations, which comprise the training program.  It is the goal of the internship to provide a number of models for you to aid in your search for a professionally meaningful orientation or framework.  To that end, the clinical psychology faculty are aware of and utilize a variety of techniques and approaches for understanding and effecting behavior (e.g., cognitive, dynamic, behavioral, family, group, etc.).  Interns are encouraged to gain experience in these varied approaches from which we expect each intern will achieve some integration of theory and practice over the course of the internship year.

Our internship is designed to accomplish the following goals and objectives:

  1. To prepare students for the practice of professional psychology, specifically clinical psychology and counseling psychology.
  2. To accomplish the above mentioned outcomes the intern will:
  • Develop professionally (Objective 1)
  • Integrate science and practice (Objective 2)
  • Practice high ethical standards (Objective 3)
  • Be sensitive to cultural diversity issues (Objective 4)
  • Administer and interpret psychological assessment tools with both adults and children (Objective 5)
  • Apply therapeutic/intervention approaches with both adults and children (Objective 6)

Program Experiences:
To accomplish the above mentioned goals the program is designed to provide the following experiences:

  1. To provide the necessary professional experience, didactics, and supervision necessary for internship training to qualify the intern for licensure in any state the intern chooses.
  2. To provide interns general internship training experiences. We specifically define general internship experiences as: (1) clinical experience working with patients in multiple settings, (2) clinical experience working with both adults and children, and (3) clinical experiences in psychotherapy/intervention and in assessment with both children and adults.
  3. Interns do not receive identical training. We provide interns the opportunity to make major and minor rotation choices depending on their training needs and areas of interest. The rotations cluster on three tracks; general adult- clinical psychology, pediatric and child psychology, integrated pediatric primary care, and clinical neuropsychology (which meet the INS/APA Division 40 Guidelines, and the Houston Conference Guidelines).