Psychology Internship Training Program: Overview
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Psychology Internship Training Program: Overview

Note: The internship year begins each year on July 1st and ends on June 30th.

Model, Goal, and Philosophy

The Psychology Internship Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center follows a developmental-practitioner-scholar training model. Our goal is to prepare interns for the independent practice of professional psychology that is scientifically-informed. The developmental model is based on the assumption that interns will move through a series of stages as they develop the skills necessary to increase their competence and, as such, each stage requires a different supervision style and techniques. Thus, the overarching philosophy supporting our model and goal is that it is the role of the internship to provide a broad set of high quality clinical experiences that are sequential, cumulative, and of graded complexity and based on the specific interests, background, experiences, and professional goals of each individual intern. We believe that this is best achieved through providing interns exposure to a wide-range of professional activities, across a variety of sites, using a number of different approaches – all of which are informed by clinical science - and gradually placing the intern in a position of increasing clinical responsibility and autonomy, but with supervision always available and accessible if needed.

2016-17 Interns and Faculty at the First Day Orientation Meeting


Our primary objective is to produce interns who are competent in a wide-range of professional activities (e.g., psychological assessment and diagnosis, crisis intervention, constructing biopsychosocial formulations, creating evidence-based treatment plans, treating individuals with a variety of psychological and psychosocial problems, implementing various psychotherapies, etc.). We also aim to produce interns who: demonstrate initiative in their training experience; work in an ethical manner; consider individual and cultural differences and diversity; seek appropriate consultation from other disciplines; can give constructive feedback effectively and respectfully to patients and their family members, as well as to their supervisors, peers, and colleagues; are confident in their ability to make professional decisions independently while also being aware of their limitations; and are able to present/publish their findings in scholarly forums.

In order to achieve these objectives, we have created a range of experiences, which include working in a number of different departments (e.g., psychiatry, neurology, pediatric oncology and hematology, transplant, geriatrics, etc.) range of settings (outpatient, inpatient, emergency room, substance abuse treatment program, domestic violence program, etc.), and a variety of different roles (e.g., assessor, therapist, consultant, peer, team member). Interns will also use different treatment modalities (e.g., individual, couple, family, group, bedside consult, etc.) and theoretical approaches (e.g., CBT, DBT, ACT, Psychodynamic), while receiving supervision from a variety of professional role models/mentors – all of whom have a commitment to scientifically-informed treatments and/or principles.

2015-16 Interns and Faculty at the First Day Orientation Meeting