The UMMC Psychology Internship (Residency) Training Program is within the Division of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at UMMC. Versions of the program have been accredited by the American Psychological Association since its inception in 1964. The program was previously accredited as a consortium with the local VA. However, on July 1, 2017, it began operating as an independent program. In spring 2018, the UMMC Psychology Internship Program underwent an accreditation site visit to seek accreditation as an independent internship training program. After this site visit, the UMMC Internship Training Program was granted full accreditation status as an independent program by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The program’s next accreditation review is scheduled for 2028.
The training program offers a wide variety of clinical and research opportunities during the internship year, which are consistent with the program's training goals for interns.
The main goals of the program include:
Goal 1 - Interns will be competent in assessment, intervention, supervision and consultation skills.
Goal 2 - Interns will be skilled in the interface between science and practice.
Goal 3 - Interns will be competent in individual and cultural differences and diversity.
Goal 4 - Interns will display professional and ethical behavior.
Goal 5 - Interns will be competent in teaching and expressive skills.
In addition to these general competencies, our training program provides opportunities to develop specialized competencies (e.g., Motivational Interviewing, dissemination, etc.) through our various training rotations and curricular offerings.
The Psychology Internship Training program endorses a cognitive-behavioral orientation within a scientist-practitioner model. Interest in, and experience with, this approach are important selection criteria. Interns gain clinical experience with a wide variety of patient populations and across multiple settings through inpatient, outpatient, and community placements.
The internship year is divided into 3 four-month rotations. Currently, 9 clinical rotations are available, each serving different populations and providing unique services. Rotation assignments are made based on interns’ rankings and Training Program faculty input based on intern’s training needs and clinical goals. Interns provide rankings twice during the year, prior to the start of internship and in September, to allow for experiences with the first rotation to be considered before making choices for the second and third rotations. Rotations are divided into Child and Adult emphasis areas. Interns are encouraged to gain experiences within both emphasis areas. Clinical supervision and training are conducted on a one-on-one or small group basis within each clinical rotation.
Additional clinical opportunities occur through the General Psychology Clinic, where interns gain experience working with longer-term outpatient cases, and can receive supervision from psychology faculty other than their rotation supervisors. Interns are expected to accumulate at least 500 face-to-face clinical hours during the internship year, with 86 of those contacts occurring through the General Psychology Clinic. A unique aspect of clinical experiences offered through the program includes the racial/ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of patient populations served at UMMC. The UMMC psychology internship training program currently has 6 internship slots, three of which are adult emphasis and 3 of which are child emphasis.
To facilitate growth and successful progress in the program, interns receive formal evaluative feedback on their progress on training goals/objectives during each rotation and at the mid- and end-points of the training year. They must demonstrate performance at the high intermediate level on all competencies to complete internship.