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Psychology Internship Philosophy and Goals
Psychology Internship Philosophy and Goals

The Psychology Internship Program at Children's Mercy focuses on delivering services to children and their families, as well as to other caregivers who regularly interact with children (i.e., teachers, social services workers, residential workers and medical staff).

Whenever possible, interns are exposed to empirically validated treatment procedures and the supporting published literature on these procedures.

Program Opportunities

The program aims to provide an integrated, individually-tailored, balanced and coordinated series of learning experiences that will serve the aspiring professional psychologist with opportunities to:

  • Practice and expand on previously-held knowledge and learned skills
  • Develop new skills and knowledge
  • Experience personal and professional growth and development, contributing to the emergence of a competent, scientist/practitioner professional psychologist
  • Gain a working knowledge of the pediatric medical community

Program Goals

In order to support our program philosophy, the following represent the internship's training goals:

  • Interns will engage in practices and behaviors facilitating effective professional relationships at the requisite level for entry level into the field of psychology.
  • Interns will know how to assess and conceptualize psychological functioning in a diverse range of children and presenting problems.
  • The intern will gain clinical experience in the provision of effective psychological intervention.
  • The intern will gain clinical experience in the practice of consultation.

Training Philosophy

The program follows a "Scientist Practitioner" training model. In accordance with the Scientist Practitioner model, our program strives to integrate science and practice so that activities and advances in one domain inform the other.

Interns are to learn about practice and research, and carry both out under the supervision of faculty with expertise in these areas. While the primary focus of our program remains training in clinical practice, the addition of a significant number of faculty who conduct rigorous research has allowed us to expand our research mission and to involve interns in that research in meaningful ways. Consistent with this model, our goal is to produce psychologists who use scientific methodology in their practice-decisions; to work with clients using scientifically valid methods, tools, and techniques; to inform their clients of scientifically-based findings and approaches to their problems; and to conduct practice-based research.

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