psychology pre-doctoral internship / post-doctoral internship training program
Brain and Body Integration offers a one year, full time doctoral level and post-doctoral training program in the areas of intervention, assessment, diagnosis, consultation, and supervision. Training takes place in a private practice setting and offers training in Clinical Psychology, as well as the opportunity to provide biofeedback therapy and a diverse array of psychological assessments. The internship program is based on a 40-hour week, for 12 months. Interns spend an average of 15 hours per week of face-to-face time with clients. This program also includes time-off for holidays, sick days, and vacation. The program begins the first week of August, and is completed one year later. The total training comprises approximately 2000 hours of supervised experience.
The goals of the Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology are:
- to produce competent psychologists that are trained for practice in the general skill domains of clinical psychology
- to train interns to understand psychological research and to apply research to practice
- to integrate the Scientist-Practitioner model with practical knowledge and understanding of professional ethics
The internship program provides particular emphasis on: diagnosis, assessment, clinical conceptualization, treatment planning, and biofeedback. In addition, the interns are expected to develop professional and collegial relationships with staff and other interns. They are also expected to develop their own professional identity by functioning effectively as members of multi-disciplinary teams that includes professionals from many different agencies. The objectives are both to become proficient in the provision of psychological services and to enhance the professional qualities necessary to participate effectively in different organizational settings.
Brain and Body Integration is a private mental health clinic located in Denver, Colorado and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Internships are offered at both the Colorado Springs and Denver locations. Ryan Cole, Psy.D. is the director of training at Brain and Body Integration. A team of clinical psychologists provide individual supervision, group supervision, and didactic training to interns. Both training locations are equipped with psychologist testing instruments, computers, and offices for clinical use. An administrative assistant is available to assist with scheduling and daily management of administrative/office issues.
Each intern is expected to perform three psychological evaluations per week. Assessments are performed with children, adolescents, and adults. Biofeedback therapy is typically performed in an adolescent residential facility. Interns may carry up to four biofeedback clients at a time on their caseload. Didactic seminars occur once a week, for two hours. Group supervision typically follows the didactic seminar, and occurs once per week for one hour. Individual supervision is offered three times per week, for a total of two hours per week. Interns will be trained in the following assessments:
Interns in the 2018-2019 cohort will receive a competitive stipend. Interns are provided with 5 vacation days to be used during the internship year, and up to 10 days of sick leave.
goals and objectives
To provide the best training possible, Brain and Body Integration has solidified goals and objectives for the Psychological Internship Training Program.
Produce competent psychologists that are trained for practice in general skill domains of clinical psychology
objectives for goal 1
- Become competent in psychological assessment and mental health diagnosis
- Design effective and evidence based treatment plans
- Learn to consult with supervisors and colleagues
- Learn the skills necessary for appropriate client interactions and feedback
Integrate professional standards of practice, theory, professional attitudes, and clinical skills
objectives for goal 2
- Train interns to understand psychological research and apply research to practice
- Train interns in the scientist-practitioner model of practice
- Provide opportunities for interns to conduct formal research
Integrate the Scientist-Practitioner model with practical knowledge and understanding of professional ethics
objectives for goal 3
- Teach interns the APA standard of ethics and local Colorado revised statutes regarding ethics, and help interns apply these standards to professional practice
Produce competencies in individual and cultural diversity
objectives for goal 2
- Understand the role that diversity and individual difference plays in psychological assessment
- Conceptualize clients appropriately given diverse backgrounds, and
learn to choose culturally sensitive interventions and assessments for different populations