Training Program Aim & Intern Competencies
Training Program Aim
The aim of the AACI Behavioral Health Internship & Training Program is to train the next generation of culturally-sensitive mental health providers to effectively work with underserved members of the community in a trauma-informed and holistic manner.
Our systematic training program integrates evidence-based practices and multicultural competence, and prepares interns for professional clinical licensure.
Interns will learn about, gain experience, and be evaluated in the following areas:
SECTION I: PROGRAM-SPECIFIC (AACI) INTERNSHIP TRAINING COMPETENCIES:
Integrating research and theory in clinical practice of assessment and intervention
- Read and share literature relevant to clinical practice with populations served
- Consider role of culture, age, SES, and other factors in applicability of research findings to a specific client and/or situation, and make modifications as necessary to fit the individual circumstances
Cultural sensitivity and responsiveness in the provision of therapeutic services
- Demonstrates sensitivity to cultural factors and able to work with clients from a variety of cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds
- Demonstrates familiarity with and applies relevant theories and evidence-based practice that are culturally sensitive
Competence in crisis assessment and intervention
- Assesses psychological emergencies/crisis situations and provides appropriate interventions
- Understands the criteria for “imminent” danger and the risk of danger to self and danger to others, and provides appropriate interventions
- Understands mandatory reporting requirements in cases of suspected child abuse and elder/dependent adult abuse, and completes mandated reports
- Understands “duty to warn/protect” mandatory reporting requirements in cases of homicidal or violent behavior, and completes mandated reports
- Assesses need for and refers to psychiatric evaluation/consultation appropriately
Utilization of clinical supervision in a manner aligned with professional development
- Effectively uses supervision (e.g., being prepared, initiating discussion in areas requiring expansion of skills, interacting and sharing ideas, being open to learning)
- Gives constructive feedback to supervisors and colleagues when appropriate
Conducting oneself in a professional manner in all aspects of work representative of AACI
- Completes work in a timely manner and adheres to deadlines
- Maintains work schedule as agreed and is present and on time to meetings, appointments, and supervision
- Maintains appropriate professional appearance
Active involvement in outreach events in an effort to connect members of the community to available services at AACI
* Participation in a minimum of 2 outreach events during the training year.
Administration of psychological testing and integrated report writing and interpretation that is culturally sensitive
* Completion of a minimum of 6 integrated assessment reports during the training year.
SECTION II: PROFESSION-WIDE (APA) COMPETENCIES
- Demonstrates the substantially independent ability to critically evaluate and disseminate research or other scholarly activities (e.g., case conference, presentation, publications) at the local, regional, or national level.
Ethical and Legal Standards
- Demonstrates knowledge of and adheres to professional ethics, agency policies, procedures, and standards, and laws regulating the practice of psychology
- Recognize ethical dilemmas as they arise, and apply ethical decision-making processes in order to resolve the dilemmas.
- Conduct self in an ethical manner in all professional activities.
Individual and Cultural Diversity
- Demonstrates an understanding of how their own personal/cultural history, attitudes, and biases may affect how they understand and interact with clients
- Demonstrates knowledge of the current theoretical and empirical knowledge base as it relates to addressing diversity in all professional activities including research, training, supervision/consultation, and service models (e.g., LGBT, identity development, acculturation) to treatment
- Demonstrates the ability to integrate awareness and knowledge of individual and cultural differences in the conduct of professional roles (e.g., research, services, and other professional activities). This includes the ability to apply a framework for working effectively with areas of individual and cultural diversity not previously encountered. Demonstrates the ability to work effectively with individuals whose group membership, demographic characteristics, or worldviews create conflict with their own.
- Demonstrate the ability to independently apply their knowledge and approach in working effectively with the range of diverse individuals and groups encountered during the training year.
Professional Values and Attitude
- Actively seeks and demonstrates openness and responsiveness to feedback and supervision.
- Conducts oneself in ways that reflect the values and attitudes of psychology, including integrity, deportment, professional identity, accountability, lifelong learning, and concern for the welfare of others.
- Engages in self-reflection regarding one’s personal and professional functioning; engage in activities to maintain and improve performance, well-being, and professional effectiveness.
- Respond professionally in increasingly complex situations with a greater degree of independence as they progress across levels of training.
Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- Develops and maintains effective relationships with a wide range of individuals, including colleagues, communities, organizations, supervisors, supervisees, and clients.
- Produces and comprehends oral, nonverbal, and written communications that are informative and well-integrated; demonstrates a thorough grasp of professional language and concepts.
- Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills and the ability to manage difficult communication well.
- Demonstrates current knowledge of diagnostic classification systems, functional and dysfunctional behaviors, including consideration of client strengths and psychopathology
- Selects and applies assessment methods that draw from the best available empirical literature and that reflect the science of measurement and psychometrics; collect relevant data using multiple sources and methods appropriate to the identified goals and questions of the assessment as well as relevant diversity characteristics of the service recipient.
- Interprets assessment results, following current research and professional standards and guidelines, to inform case conceptualization, classification, and recommendations, while guarding against decision making biases, distinguishing the aspects of assessment that are subjective from those that are objective.
- Communicates orally and in written documents the findings and implications of the assessment in an accurate and effective manner sensitive to a range of audiences.
- Demonstrates understanding of human behavior within its context (e.g., family, social, societal and cultural).
- Demonstrates the ability to apply the knowledge of functional and dysfunctional behaviors including context to the assessment and/or diagnostic process.
- Implements evidence-based practices with clients that are specific to their treatment goals.
- Establishes and maintains effective working alliances with clients, including effective interviewing and listening skills, appropriate empathy, genuineness, acceptance, and trust
- Implements appropriate clinical interventions, which are formed by an understanding of theoretical concepts, current scientific literature, assessment findings, and diversity characteristics
- Demonstrates the ability to apply the relevant research literature to clinical decision making and coherent conceptualizations relevant to treatment planning in both verbal and written form (i.e., treatment plans, mental health assessments, case presentations, etc.)
- Modifies and adapts evidence-based approaches effectively when a clear evidence-base is lacking
- Evaluate intervention effectiveness, and adapt intervention goals and methods consistent with ongoing evaluation.
- Apply knowledge of supervision models and practices in direct or simulated practice with psychology trainees, or other health professionals. (Information for this item can come from supervision role-plays, peer supervision rotation, or other similar method).
Consultation & Interprofessional / Interdisciplinary Skills
- Demonstrates knowledge and respect for the roles and perspectives of other professions and operates within their scope of practice.
- Applies knowledge regarding the roles and perspective of other professions in direct or simulated consultation with individuals and their families, other health care professionals, interprofessional groups, or systems related to health and behavior.