Curriculum

Psychology Internship Program

At ChristianaCare’s Doctoral Psychology Internship, you will receive training in integrated behavioral health, assessment, leadership, supervision and performance improvement. You will gain the skills necessary to provide services within a medical setting, and to become a health care leader.

Our Psychology Internship is a full-time, one year program (minimum of 2000 hours). The training runs from July 1 – June 30. Orientation occurs the two weeks prior to the July 1 start date.

Each intern applies to, and is match with, a track that consists of two rotations.

Applicants may choose to apply to the following tracks:

Intern 1: Heart and Vascular Health / Primary Care
Intern 2: Neuropsychology Assessment / Neurosciences Consultation & Liaison
Intern 3: Oncology / Primary Care
Intern 4: Women’s Emotional Wellness / Primary Care

Our mission is to produce highly-skilled doctoral-level clinicians. We will prepare our interns for entry-level practice as psychologists within an integrated health setting.

Upon completion of our program, competencies will be demonstrated in:

  • Professional attitudes, values and conduct.
  • Ethical and legal standards.
  • Individual and cultural diversity.
  • Theories and methods of diagnosis, assessment, and intervention.
  • Research methods and scholarly inquiry.
  • Knowledge of supervision models and strategies.
  • Communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Consultation and interprofessional practice.

We train our interns to provide evidence-based assessment, intervention, and consultation in various settings within our large medical system. Interns learn the basics of integrated behavioral healthcare and develop specific intervention skills within their training tracks. Our training encourages the use of scientific research to inform clinical work. Building relationships with patients and team members, communicating effectively, and providing professional, ethical and culturally competent care are all emphasized.

The ChristianaCare Psychology Internship program follows the practitioner-scholar training model. In support of this model, students are expected to spend a majority of their time engaged in experiential learning and to use scientific literature to inform their work.

Each Intern is required to complete a minimum of 4 comprehensive psychological assessments during their training. Inpatient and outpatient assessments are completed for various intellectual, personality and diagnostic referral questions for adults and children. Interns learn a holistic and comprehensive approach to assessment which includes the crucial component skills of defining referral questions, consulting with various medical and psychiatric professionals, administering, scoring and interpreting tests, completing written reports and providing feedback.

Interns are given a minimum of 4 hours of supervision each week. Each intern is paired with a licensed psychologist with whom the student meets individually for a minimum of 1 hour each week in each of their 2 rotations. This supervisor provides specific oversight and training related to the rotation in which the intern is involved. In addition to the two hours of individual supervision, interns will also receive group supervision and assessment supervision as needed.

When possible, Interns are given the opportunity to supervise a psychology extern student for a portion of their training. Interns are supervised on their supervision by a licensed psychologist and provided with readings and didactic training on providing supervision.