The program education and training objectives reflect both the requisite skills essential for psychological practice and the distinctive mission of the Consortium to cultivate skills in work with underserved groups from a Christian perspective. The goals of the program focus on building intern competencies in seven core domains:
- Professional Conduct and Ethics
- Assessment & Diagnosis
- Therapeutic Skills
- Work with Diverse and/or Underserved Populations
- Integration of Faith with Clinical Practice
- Consultation, Evaluation and Supervision
- Personal/Interpersonal Functioning
These competencies are listed below:
- Intern will demonstrate knowledge of theoretical and empirical bases of psychology, and will demonstrate the ability to integrate that knowledge creatively to a variety of clinical situations (Therapeutic Skills: Theories and Methods of ESTs).
- Intern will demonstrate use of a multi-method approach in assessment and diagnosis, which takes into account contextual factors and strengths in addition to presenting problems (Assessment & Diagnosis).
- Intern will demonstrate awareness of the salient issues involved in psychological consultation and will be able to integrate this into his/her role as a consultant (Theories and/or Methods of Consultation, Evaluation and Supervision).
- Intern will demonstrate an understanding of the theories and/or methods of program evaluation and a commitment to excellence by engaging in regular and ongoing program assessment (Theories and/or Methods of Consultation, Evaluation and Supervision).
- Intern will demonstrate understanding of program management, supervision models and/or techniques and will be able to integrate this effectively into practice (Theories and/or Methods of Consultation, Evaluation and Supervision).
- Interns will demonstrate knowledge of APA ethical standards in the practice of psychology and will demonstrate behavior consistent with these standards (Professional Conduct and Ethics).
- Interns will become proficient in their understanding of, and ability to practice with, a wide range of persons and disorders (Therapeutic Skills: Theories and Methods of Effective Intervention).
- Interns will develop their identity as a professional psychologist in a multi-disciplinary treatment setting through demonstrating an ability to evaluate their work and appropriately utilizing supervision and other collegial relationships to facilitate their personal and professional growth (Personal and Interpersonal Functioning).
- Interns will successfully complete all internship requirements in preparation for licensure.
- Intern will demonstrate awareness of the interface between psychological and religious/spiritual aspects of personhood from a distinctly Christian perspective, while also respecting and valuing a diverse range of religious/spiritual perspectives in their work with clients (Integration of Faith and Practice).
- Interns will develop their understanding of the contemporary models of Christian integration and will learn how to apply to psychological practice (Integration of Faith and Practice).
- Interns will develop their multicultural competence/credibility in work with a diverse spectrum of client populations and presenting problems. (Issues of Cultural and Individual Diversity/Work with Underserved Populations).
- Interns will develop competence in a variety of psychotherapeutic, community-based and/or other systemic/ecological approaches specifically related to work with underserved groups (Issues of Cultural and Individual Diversity/Work with Underserved Populations).
- As practitioner-scholars, interns will demonstrate an understanding of the complementary relationship between science and practice through actively utilizing and/or contributing to the professional scholarly literature as it applies to direct service provision (Methods of Scholarly Inquiry).