LEND Psychology Internship Aims

As an accredited internship program, as of January 1, 2017, our program emphasizes promotion of profession-wide competencies as articulated by the Standards of Accreditation. Clinical and non-clinical training activities are designed to promote attainment of profession-wide competencies within the context of our specific program aims. We strive to ensure that interns move toward independence to be ready for entry to practice in all profession-wide competencies by the end of their internship year (recognizing that in many jurisdictions additional post-doctoral training and supervision is required before independent practice).

Program Aims:

  1. To Prepare Interns to Demonstrate Intermediate to Advanced Professional Competence with Youth with Special Health Needs and Their Families
  2. To Prepare Interns to Demonstrate Intermediate to Advanced Professional Competence in a Hospital-based Setting 

Emphasis of internship training within the IDD Division of Psychology is on the development of profession-wide competencies specifically within the context serving youth with special health needs and their families, and in functioning as a psychologist within a hospital-based setting. Training elements emphasize knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes necessary to function as a psychologist ready for entry to practice broadly, with particular emphasis on this patient population and professional context. Training includes the full spectrum of professional activities that may be pursued by a doctoral level psychologists (e.g., assessment, intervention, consultation, research, program development). Note, our internship program does not define any program-specific competencies. Rather, we accomplish our aims by attending to the required profession-wide competencies within the training activities and context.