Program Goals

Training Program Goals

AACI aims to meet the need for multicultural and multilingual competent service providers in a complex and diverse society by training the next generation of behavioral health professionals. Our systematic training program integrates evidence-based practices and multicultural competence, and prepares interns and trainees for professional clinical licensure.

Interns and trainees will learn about, gain experience, and be evaluated in the following areas:

  1. Integrating research and theory in clinical practice of assessment and intervention
    1. Read and share literature relevant to clinical practice with populations served
    2. Train in evidence-based practices and implement with clients
    3. 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
    4. Gather data and test hypotheses
  2. Competence in therapy – individual, group and family
    1. Establish and maintain effective working alliances with clients, including effective interviewing and listening skills, appropriate empathy, genuineness, acceptance, and trust
    2. Implement appropriate clinical interventions, which are formed by an understanding of theoretical concepts, as well as clinical judgment and experience
    3. Integrate relevant data into meaningful and coherent conceptualizations relevant to treatment planning in both verbal and written form (i.e., treatment plans, mental health assessments, case presentations)
    4. Understanding of group and family dynamics and how they affect treatment
  3. Cultural competence in therapy
    1. Acquire increased knowledge and skills in working with clients from a variety of cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds
    2. Familiarity with and application of relevant cultural theories and models (e.g., LGBT, identity development, acculturation)
    3. Become increasingly aware of how one’s own cultural background, beliefs, values, and attitudes affect therapeutic work with client
  4. Clinical/Diagnostic/Psychological Assessment
    1. Develop skills in clinical interviewing, assessment, diagnostic formulation and referral
    2. Refine skills in selecting appropriate assessment measures based on referral questions
    3. Refine, develop or acquire experience with a variety of cognitive, neuropsychological, academic and personality/behavioral measures
    4. Refine skills in interpretation and integration of assessment data
    5. Refine skills in developing appropriate and useful recommendations based on assessment data
    6. For pre-doctoral psychology interns: Complete a minimum of 2 comprehensive psychological assessments
  5. Competence in Crisis Assessment and Intervention
    1. Assess psychological emergencies/crisis situations and provide appropriate interventions
    2. Understanding of the criteria for “imminent” danger and the risk of danger to self and danger to others and provide appropriate interventions
    3. Understanding of mandated reports in cases of suspected child abuse and elder/dependent adult abuse and completion of mandated reports
    4. Understanding “duty to warn/protect” mandates in cases of homicidal or violent behavior and completion of mandated reports
    5. Psychiatric evaluation/consultation and make appropriate referrals
  6. Knowledge and ability to adhere to legal and ethical guidelines and professional standards for clinical practice
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of and adhere to professional ethics, agency policies, procedures, and standards, and laws regulating the practice of psychology
    2. Act appropriately in the face of ethical dilemmas and seek consultation as needed
    3. Understanding of the limits of their own competence, will appropriately refer clients they do not have the expertise to counsel, and will seek consultation, training, and supervision as needed
    4. Awareness, knowledge and skills related to multicultural issues and ethical guidelines for treatment
  7. Supervision and professional development
    1. Effectively use supervision (e.g., being prepared, initiating discussion in areas requiring expansion of skills, interacting and sharing ideas, being open to learning)
    2. Openness to feedback as well as the ability to integrate the feedback into their functioning
    3. Give constructive feedback to supervisors and colleagues.
  8. Professionalism
    1. Completes work in a timely manner and adheres to deadlines
    2. Maintains work schedule as agreed and is present and on time to meetings, appointments, and supervision
    3. Maintains appropriate professional appearance
    4. Interacts in a professional manner with clients, staff and other providers and follows agency procedures
  9. Outreach
    1. Participate in at least two community outreach events