Internship in Clinical Psychology
The Tulane University School of Medicine internship in adult psychology has been an integral part of the training program since its initiation in 1984. The training program offers a broad range of experiences throughout the year to two well-qualified applicants.
General Training Model
Each of the two Adult Track interns will spend 2 days per week for the training year at the Tulane University Counseling and Psychological Services Center. This rotation provides a broad range of experiences, described under “Clinical Experiences and Training Opportunities."
Depending upon the intern’s area of concentration, an additional training focus is provided. The Forensic rotation at the Forensic Aftercare Clinic allows the intern to conduct assessments and interventions with adults who have mental illness or co-occurring disorders and who are involved with the criminal justice system. Numerous other training experiences are provided at this location, described under “Clinical Experiences and Training Opportunities."
The Behavioral Medicine concentration provides training experiences within the Tulane Abdominal Transplant Program and at the Tulane Cancer Center in the treatment of adults diagnosed with various cancers, liver and kidney diseases. Specific training opportunities are described under “Clinical Experiences and Training Opportunities."
Training Goals: Adult Track
To prepare the intern to become a competent and thorough psychodiagnostician across the full range of adult psychopathology.
To enable the psychology intern to become a valued member of a multidisciplinary treatment team.
To train the psychology intern to become a competent psychotherapist. This includes providing appropriate assessment, accurate psychological/psychiatric diagnosis, a plan of intervention including realistic and obtainable goals, and skilled individual and group psychotherapy.
To train the psychology intern to provide effective consultation to other professionals, and to educate them about psychological methods and principles.
To ensure that the intern maintains professional conduct with patients, colleagues, peers, and supervisors and to demonstrate that the intern obtains adequate knowledge of ethical principles and State law.
To engender sensitivity to cultural and individual diversity of patients, colleagues, peers, and supervisors, and to provide culturally sensitive and responsive care.
To ensure that intern becomes proficient in documentation in all settings as required by accrediting agencies.
Faculty supervisors facilitate and monitor interns' acquisition of knowledge and skills through the following methods:
- Individual supervision at least once weekly at each training site to address patients' normal and abnormal behaviors and ensure appropriate treatment for difficulties faced by patients and their families.
- Attendance at psychology didactics and seminars, psychiatry grand rounds, case conferences and seminars; to facilitate learning about pertinent theory, evaluation, treatment, clinical practice, and research issues in psychology and psychiatry.
- Direct observation of interns' evaluation and treatment sessions with patients (at all rotation sites) to provide the opportunity for immediate supervision on issues of evaluation, therapy content, and process, and triage, as necessary.
Some websites within the Tulane Health Sciences Center that might be of interest to individuals seeking the Adult Track Internship are: