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 will learn about and gain experience in the following areas:

  1. Integrating research and theory in clinical practice of assessment and intervention
    • Read and share literature relevant to clinical practice with populations served
    • Train in evidence-based practices and implement with clients
    • c. 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
    • Gather data and test hypotheses
  2. Competence in therapy – individual, group and family
    • Establish and maintain effective working alliances with clients, including effective interviewing and listening skills, appropriate empathy, genuineness, acceptance, and trust
    • Implement appropriate clinical interventions, which are formed by an understanding of theoretical concepts, as well as clinical judgment and experience
    • 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)
    • Understanding of group and family dynamics and how they affect treatment
  3. Cultural competence in therapy
    • Acquire increased knowledge and skills in working with clients from a variety of cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds
    • Familiarity with and application of relevant cultural theories and models (e.g., LGBT, identity development, acculturation)
    • Training in a specific area of psychology devoted to underserved clients
  4. Clinical/Diagnostic/Psychological Assessment
    • Develop skills in clinical interviewing, assessment, diagnostic formulation and referral
    • Refine skills in selecting appropriate assessment measures based on referral questions
    • Refine, develop or acquire experience with a variety of cognitive, neuropsychological, academic and personality/behavioral measures
    • Refine skills in interpretation and integration of assessment data
    • Refine skills in developing appropriate and useful recommendations based on assessment data
    • Complete a minimum of 2 comprehensive psychological assessments
  5. Competence in Crisis Assessment and Intervention
    • Assess psychological emergencies/crisis situations and provide appropriate interventions
    • Understanding of the criteria for “imminent” danger and the risk of danger to self and danger to others and provide appropriate interventions
    • Understanding of mandated reports in cases of suspected child abuse and elder/dependent adult abuse and completion of mandated reports
    • Understanding “duty to warn/protect” mandates in cases of homicidal or violent behavior and completion of mandated reports
    • Psychiatric evaluation/consultation and make appropriate referrals
  6. Knowledge and ability to adhere to legal and ethical guidelines and professional standards for clinical practice
    • Demonstrate knowledge of and adhere to professional ethics, agency policies, procedures, and standards, and laws regulating the practice of psychology
    • Act appropriately in the face of ethical dilemmas and seek consultation as needed
    • 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
    • Awareness, knowledge and skills related to multicultural issues and ethical guidelines for treatment
  7. Supervision and professional development
    • Effectively use supervision (e.g., being prepared, initiating discussion in areas requiring expansion of skills, interacting and sharing ideas, being open to learning)
    • Openness to feedback as well as the ability to integrate the feedback into their functioning
    • Give constructive feedback to supervisors and colleagues.
  8. Outreach
    • Participate in at least two community outreach events