The Doctoral Internship at the University of Texas at Dallas is an APA-accredited full-time, 12-month organized 2000 hour training program in health service psychology that provides comprehensive supervised experiences in university counseling center services and functions. The internship begins August 3rd, 2020 through August 2nd, 2021. Interns work approximately 40-45 hours per week, with 40 hours scheduled on-site. Approximately 25-50% of intern’s time is devoted to clinical service activities.
Training Model and Philosophy
The Doctoral Internship at the University of Texas at Dallas is committed to providing a Practitioner model of training. Our primary training modality is experiential, emphasizing clinical practice and service delivery with the goal of creating ethical and culturally competent generalist practitioners. We use a developmental approach to facilitate the transition from graduate student to professional psychologist. Through close relationships with senior staff and supervisors, interns assume increasing levels of responsibility and autonomy, expanding their professional roles as the year progresses.
Training is focused on facilitating interns' clinical competence, fostering the development of professional judgment, and enriching interns' scientific and practice-based knowledge. Enhancement of multiculturalism and a social justice lens is interwoven into all facets of the training program, which reflects the strong value we place on honoring the diversity and uniqueness of every individual. We are also deeply committed to facilitating the integration of interns' personal and professional identities through engaging them in supportive, yet challenging supervisory and mentoring relationships with a heightened focus on whom the intern is as an individual and how that impacts them professionally. In addition, our internship program is based largely on a relational, "use of self" training model, as we believe that optimal professional development occurs within the context of self-reflection and personal exploration. The “use of self” model refers not only to clinical work, but to all training and supervisory experiences. Interns are expected to explore values, beliefs, biases, and reactions in all of their training contexts.
To prepare Doctoral Interns to become entry-level Health Service Psychologists through a year-long internship focused on clinical competence, individual and cultural diversity, and the integration of personal/professional attitudes, values, and behaviors.
Consistent with APA/COA, we define cultural and individual differences and diversity as including, but not limited to ability status, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.