Duke University Health System’s Doctoral Internship Training Program in Clinical Psychology provides one year of doctoral-level internship training in the essential skill areas of Clinical Psychology: assessment and diagnosis, effective intervention, consultation and evaluation, and supervision. Training takes place in a health care setting and offers all interns training in general clinical psychology, as well as the opportunity to concentrate on specific areas of health psychology.
Training takes place within the context of the scientist-practitioner model as articulated by Belar and Perry (1992) and Belar (2000) as its overarching goal, to produce a Psychologist who is able to integrate science with professional practice knowledge, attitudes, and skills. Scientific skills that inform clinical practice include processes of critical thinking, a hypothesis testing approach to clinical practice, application of the products of scientific research to practice, use of valid or empirically supported assessment and treatment methods, the systematic collection of information, and communication of the results of practice. The reciprocity of science and practice informing each other finds expression in the faculty of the Duke Internship who are engaged in clinically informed science, scientifically informed practice, or both.
While formal research opportunities are made available during the internship training year, performing research while on internship is not mandatory, and the primary emphasis is on providing an intensive supervised practice experience that produces a graduate who uses scientific skills in the conduct of general and specialized clinical practice. At the completion of the program interns are expected to have developed proficiency in observation, interviewing, assessment, consultation and evaluation, report-writing, short-term psychotherapy, evidence-based treatments, family therapy, and/or group therapy, which will serve them well in subsequent clinical practice. Graduates of the program may function as clinicians, as researchers, or as both.
Due to our scientist-practitioner model, the internship accepts applications from students matriculated in PhD programs. Our program offers interns two major tracks: Adult Psychology and Child Psychology. Interns apply to one of these two tracks. Within each track, applicants also specify an area of concentration. In the Adult Track, applicants should specify: Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology (CBT), or Health Psychology. In the Child Track, applicants should specify Child Clinical, or Pediatric Psychology.
Applications Due November 1, 2016
Goals/Objectives and Outcomes of the Psychology Internship Training Program
GOAL 1: TO PRODUCE A PSYCHOLOGIST WHO IS TRAINED FOR PRACTICE IN THE ESSENTIAL SKILL AREAS OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY
Objectives for Goal 1:
(a) Train for practice in assessment and diagnosis;
(b) Train for practice in effective intervention;
(c) Train for practice in consultation and evaluation; and
(d) Train for practice of supervision.
GOAL 2: INTEGRATE SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE, ATTITUDES, AND SKILLS
Objectives for Goal 2:
(a) Train interns in systematic application of products of psychological research to practice;
(b) Expose interns to faculty role models of scientific practice;
(c) Promote the use of scientific thinking and methods in professional practice (e.g., critical thinking, a hypothesis-testing approach, operational definition of problems, systematic collection of information, use of valid assessments and intervention, communication of information; and
(d) Provide the opportunity (not requirement) to engage in formal research.
GOAL 3: INTEGRATION OF BASIC SCIENTIFIC PRACTICE WITH KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICE OF ETHICAL AND PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS
Objective for Goal 3:
Train interns in the integration of ethical and professional standards with practice.
GOAL 4: INTEGRATION OF BASIC SCIENTIFIC PRACTICE WITH KNOWLEDGE AND SENSITIVITY TO ISSUES OF INDIVIDUAL, CULTURAL AND ETHNIC DIVERSITY
Objectives for Goal 4:
(a) Train interns in knowledge base for individual, cultural and ethnic diversity; and
(b) Train interns in rotation specific and case specific sensitivity to diversity issues.
ADULT PSYCHOLOGY TRACK
(Note for applying to the Adult Track: Each of the Adult Track Concentrations operates independently from the other. Therefore, applicants should apply to only one of the two Concentrations listed below.
1. Adult Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Concentration (APPIC Program code: 141314)
2. Adult Health Concentration:
-Adult Health-1 (APPIC Program code: 141316)
CHILD PSYCHOLOGY TRACK
(Note for applying to the Child Track: Child applicants should apply to one of the two Concentrations listed below. However, those applicants applying to the Child Clinical Concentration may apply to either one, two or all three of the Focuses listed for the Child Clinical Concentration.)
1. Child Clinical Concentration:
-Child Clinical-General Focus (APPIC Program code: 141324)
-Child Clinical-Trauma Focus (APPIC Program code: 141325)
-Child Clinical-Autism Focus (APPIC Program code: 141327)
2. Child Pediatric Concentration (APPIC Program code: 141320)
A complete description of each of our Concentrations and rotations offered is provided under each Track.
Both Adult and Child Tracks afford interns the opportunity to integrate the multiple roles and responsibilities of a Clinical Psychologist in a health care setting. Interns learn through clinical experiences in outpatient settings, inpatient units, community settings, and school, in didactic seminars, through readings and by participation in ongoing research of their clinical supervisors. All interns participate in weekly core seminars designed to expose them to both basic and advanced concepts in clinical practice, including individual and cultural diversity, ethics and professionalism, and theories and methods of supervision. Interns also attend any of the weekly departmental grand rounds that pertain to their interests.
The Adult Psychology Track offers six to seven internship positions per year and the Child Psychology Track offers three to four positions each year. The availability of specific rotations and the combination of rotations in any given year may be affected by the availability of funding. Specific training experiences may vary by rotation. For a description of the Concentrations and rotations within each Track, please view the information in the sections labeled Adult Psychology Track or Child Psychology Track.
When applying, please specify in a cover letter to which Track (Adult Track or Child Track) and which Concentration within the Track you wish to apply (for Adult Health Concentration, please specify if you would like to be considered for one or both of the program codes listed; likewise, for the Child Clinical Concentration, please also specify the focus or foci that you would like to be considered for). For more detailed information about the application process, please read the Application to the Duke Program section.