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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/
    interdisciplinaryskills

 

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.

 

Didactic Seminars, Meetings and Trainings

The primary focus of didactic training is to enhance interns’ readiness to practice in either an integrative primary care setting or in a rural area. Psychology interns participate in a once-a-week didactic training presented in a lunch and learn format. The structure of this training fosters the opportunity for more
in-depth and comprehensive exploration of topics relevant to clinical practice and intern socialization with multiple disciplines. A reference list of literature pertinent to the monthly didactic training is provided to interns in advance of the training. Interns are expected to become familiar with the current literature and be able to enrich the training activity through participation and clarifying questions. Attendance at weekly didactic trainings also provides interns ongoing informal contact with each other so they can share experiences and provide support to one another.

 

Didactic trainings are typically held every Thursday beginning September 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 4-5 hours a month of didactic training are spent in presentations with required learning objectives and a reading list covering relevant journal articles, etc. Interns will spend the remaining 4-5 hours a month covering diversity-related training, Clinical Supervision Exercises, Critical Analysis and Evaluation Conceptualization, group supervision, and discussion of the intern’s training experiences and needs. The seminars are conducted by practicing licensed providers with extensive experience or expertise in the presented area. 

 

Sample didactic presentations:

  • ​ABA: Is it Just for Autism?

  • Diabetes

  • Eating Disorders: Assessment and TX

  • Electro Convulsive Therapy

  • Grief & Loss

  • Harms of Drugs

  • Insomnia

  • Is Addiction Self-Medication a Mental Illness

  • Ketamine/Esketamine

  • Overweight & Obesity

  • Serious Mental Illness in Rural Settings

  • Stop the Virus: HIV Update for Primary Care

  • Suicide Risk and Prevention

  • Suspecting Child Abuse: What to do next?

  • Testifying in Court: Related Case Law

  • Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

  • Understanding the Benefits of Play TX

  • Working with Law Enforcement Populations

Additional Training Experiences:

Interns are encouraged to attend department meetings in the areas of interest:  Woman’s Health, Pediatrics, Pain Management Clinic, MAT/Substance Clinic, Family Practice, Behavioral Medicine and Express Care.  Interns are also encouraged to attend any other trainings offered at Jordan Valley from outside facilitators and internal Medical and Dental Residents.  Interns can shadow providers in Pharmacy, Dietitian/Diabetes clinic, Medical Procedures and OT/ST.

 

Administrative Structure

The Psychology Internship Training Program is under the supervision of the Training Committee and Training Director.  The Training Committee is charged with overseeing the progress of the interns and developing the program.

The Training Committee is responsible for managing the following:

  • Assist in the recruitment, selection, and placement of psychology interns and psychology residents;

  • Oversee implementation of grievance procedures;

  • Assist with complying to the rules and regulations of accrediting and regulatory bodies; and

  • Managing all other activities associated with the program training.

 

Standing members of the committee include the Vice President of Medical and Behavioral Health, the Director of Behavioral Health Integration, the Training Director and the Director of Education and Engagement. In addition, Jordan Valley psychology interns elect one intern during the first month of the training year to participate as a member of the Training Committee.

 

The Training Committee meets regularly to review the intern’s performance and training needs, and to discuss program development. Interns provide ongoing verbal feedback on the program to the Training director. At the end of the training year, the Training Director conducts an exit interview with the interns covering all major aspects of the training year to elicit their feedback. Intern feedback is consistently used to make adjustments to caseload expectations, program structure, and available rotations to ensure training experiences are up to date and most relevant for interns’ future practice in psychology.

Individual Learning and Training Plan

 

The Individual Learning and Training Plan (ILTP) represents an agreement between the psychology intern and her/his associated primary licensed supervisor which outlines the educational and experiential goals for the intern in the context of Jordan Valley’s Aims and the APA Profession-Wide Competencies. The ILTP also incorporates the unique requirements and opportunities of the internship program. It is designed to acknowledge the intern’s strengths and to outline a plan for professional development in her/his relatively weaker areas of knowledge, skills, or attitudes. The ILTP is developed by the intern and her/his primary supervisors during the first week of the internship experience. A final signed copy of the ILTP is due to the Director of Behavioral Health Integration by the end of August.  A mid-year update is completed in January. 

Intern & Supervisory Evaluation

 

The evaluation process is designed to provide interns with on-going information that will inform them about their progress and professional growth. The Training Committee meets regularly to address issues relevant to the field of integrated health care in general and training in particular. The Training Director maintains regular contact with all supervising psychologists regarding the progress and functioning of interns under their supervision. Every four months, each interns’ supervising psychologist meet as a team to discuss and formally evaluate the interns’ level of functioning and to review the effectiveness of their current training plan. The intern is provided with verbal and written feedback from the supervisor and/or training director after each of these reviews. At the mid year and end of year, the intern also completes a formal evaluation for each of their supervisors and discussed the evaluation with them. The mutual exchange of feedback between the supervisor and intern is designed to enhance professional growth of both by identifying strengths, areas needing improvement, and personal goals.

Expected Outcomes

 

Given the diverse background experiences of our interns, and the flexibility of our training program to meet their individual interests and aptitudes, we expect a range of outcomes from our interns. Follow-up surveys and contact with interns who request employment references and proof of internship completion for state licensure provide us with information about the outcomes achieved by our interns. Through these mechanisms, we find that we are meeting our aim of preparing interns in each of the profession-wide competencies for professional practice in psychology.

 

Intern Benefits

For the 2020-2021 training year, interns are considered employees of Jordan Valley, Jordan Valley is responsible for providing the following benefits:
 

  • Annual salary of $30,000.
     

  • Optional enrollment for interns and families in Jordan Valley’s employee benefit plans.

    • This benefit can require financial participation of the intern.
       

  • Optional enrollment in vision, dental, and life insurance plans.

    • These benefits can require financial participation of the intern.
       

  • Optional enrollment in dependent care or medical flexible spending. This benefit has no

       employer match, but allows for intern pre-tax contribution.

  • Long-Term Disability
     

  • 14 days of Paid Time Off
     

  • Three days for professional development time.
     

  • At least 9 paid holidays that include: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day,

       Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day,

       and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
 

  • Prior approval from Training Director for overtime is required.  

    • Jordan Valley will adhere to FLSA laws regarding exempt/non-exempt status and overtime pay.
       

  • Mileage reimbursement as defined in the Jordan Valley’s business office.
     

  • The interns are provided with their own office which includes their own computer, phone, desk, and book shelf.