|2010-11 Interns and Faculty at the First Day Orientation Meeting.|
While we pride ourselves on being able to provide training and supervision on the most advanced evidence-based treatment approaches (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Habit Reversal Training, Harm Reduction Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Problem Solving Skills Training, etc.), it should be noted that the Psychology Internship Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center does not adhere to a single theoretical orientation.
In fact, our faculty members represent all of the major schools of psychological thought and are diverse in their backgrounds, training, and areas of expertise. What unites the faculty is our belief that psychological practice should be scientifically-informed. As such, we also offer intensive training and supervision in psychodynamic and other therapies as, in keeping with Fonagy (2006), we believe that an unfortunate implication from the movement towards evidence-based therapies is that a "lack of evidence is evidence of a lack of effectiveness."
We believe that by having a diverse faculty who are passionate about their interests but also open-minded and accepting of alternate opinions, we can offer interns a stimulating environment in which they check and challenge their preconceived notions of psychopathology and its treatment and, in so doing, can further their professional identity development as they progress through the year.
Thus, while several of our faculty members have been actively involved in the development and promulgation of evidence-based treatment protocols, others have been strong proponents of adapting these protocols to more complex and challenging populations (i.e., effectiveness), advocates for the use of evidence-based principles where no protocol exists, or interested in the integration of various theories of psychotherapy (integrative) and/or the integration of various techniques into a core theory of psychotherapy (eclectic).
Ultimately, we believe that our interns should graduate with a solid understanding of psychopathology and the various psychological theories and principles of how to treat it, as it is this knowledge - along with strong skills in assessment, conceptualization and formulation – that can then be used to guide the selection of the specific interventions and techniques that will lead to a positive treatment outcome.