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Aims of Psychology Internship Program

Jordan Valley seeks to train prospective psychologists to the discipline and practice of clinical psychology by employing an empirically-informed competency-based practitioner-scholar model.


Our specific aims are:

  1. To provide broad and general training in psychology with emphasis on applied empirical knowledge,

  2. To prepare psychology interns to competently address the needs of diverse populations, with an emphasis on underserved,

  3. To socialize psychology interns to utilize critical thinking, problem solving, and meaningful self-reflection to facilitate life-long professional development.  In order to achieve these goals, interns are exposed to a variety of treatment approaches, interventions, and modalities through instruction and observation.


The overarching goal of the internship is to prepare interns for the professional practice of integrated behavioral health in the profession-wide competencies, which include:

  1. Research

  2. Ethical and legal standards

  3. Individual and cultural diversity

  4. Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors

  5. Communication and interpersonal skills

  6. Assessment

  7. Intervention

  8. Supervision

  9. Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills


As psychological practice is inarguably based on science, the program firmly believes the competent, evidence-based practice of psychology requires an integration of both scientific and professional knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Our training model not only emphasizes the importance of broad and general training in clinical psychology, but also prioritizes the integration of science and practice via implementation of the practitioner-scholar as a “local clinical scientist.” Our internship training is guided by Jordan Valley values that include broad and general practice with the opportunities to move into new, emerging areas, commitment to life-long learning, valuing human diversity, self-awareness, open-mindedness, flexibility, personal integrity, honesty, and guidance by professional ethics and standards of conduct.

Training Program Overview

The program is structured with required components to provide interns with intervention, assessment, supervision and consultation experience along the full continuum of care with select elective rotations to provide a more in-depth experience in particular areas of training and interest. Over the course of the year, interns are progressively encouraged to identify their areas of competence and need for improvement.  Interns are guided to function increasingly autonomously in the areas they are competent to do so. They are simultaneously guided to seek appropriate support and instruction in areas where they are challenging themselves to learn a new skill and work with a new patient population, in order to further develop their knowledge, skills, and abilities.

The interns and supervisors mutually evaluate each other in order to promote communication and growth for both, and to ensure that the training needs of the interns are being met. The Training Director works with the interns and the supervisors to develop an individualized training plan for each intern. Feedback from the interns, and intern applicants, in formal and informal settings, is used to continuously evaluate the training program, and to inform program modifications in an on-going manner.