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Didactic Seminars

Interns attend a series of formal seminars sponsored by the Consortium. These seminars are organized into discrete “mini-courses” overseen by faculty course coordinators who are responsible for organizing, scheduling, and approving content for the seminars. The didactic blocks include:

  • Professional Development/Ethics I
  • Assessment & Diagnosis
  • Grant Writing
  • Intervention/Psychopharmacology
  • Diversity in Psychological Practice
  • Professional Development/Ethics II

In addition to these internship-wide seminars, several rotations offer rotation-specific seminars that typically focus on the clinical skills and interventions employed in specific clinics. Interns also participate in three other required seminars:

Grand Rounds

Rounds occur on a weekly basis for most of the training year. Guest speakers include psychologists and psychiatrists with national reputations for their area of expertise, exposing interns to a broad base of knowledge. Interns are required to attend 50 percent of Grand Rounds presentations.

Research Seminars (1 to 2 Per Month)

Interns present results from recent or ongoing investigations, helping trainees gain additional perspectives as a result of feedback from their peers and faculty. One way this seminar has been used is for interns to practice symposium, colloquium, or job talk presentations. Presentation of a research seminar is required and helps demonstrate research-related competence necessary to complete internship.

Clinical Case Conference (Monthly)

This monthly conference provides a forum for psychology faculty and interns to examine, formulate, and discuss treatment options for a clinical case within the parameters of the scientist/practitioner model. It allows interns to demonstrate their abilities among a group of peers and faculty who understand and exemplify the scientist/practitioner model (i.e., the interpretation of clinical material within the context of research-based literature). Presentation of a clinical case conference is required and helps demonstrate communication-related clinical competence necessary to complete internship.