Clinical Psychology Pre-doctoral Internship

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Organization Type: 
Educational Institution
Program Type: 
Standing Program
Education Level: 
Educational Elements: 
Self Reflection Activities
Experiential including clinical contact with patients
Other Element(s): 
Opportunities for medical student and medical resident teaching
Program Description: 

This Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship Training Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine was established in 1952 and has been continuously accredited by the  American Psychological Association since 1956. The internship program moved to its new academic home in the Department of Family Medicine in 2012 under the departmental leadership of Chairman Frank Verloin deGruy III, MD, MSFM. This program offers exposure to a diverse group of consumers of behavioral and mental health services as well as to a variety of intervention strategies and approaches.

The goals of the internship are to help interns achieve:

  • Training in health services psychology devoted to underserved clients
  • Development of a professional identity which includes a scholarship-based approach to clinical work
  • Broad range of training experiences through exposure to major specialty and minor focus areas
  • Training in ethics and values appropriate for a doctoral level psychologist
  • Multidisciplinary learning experiences for additional career development

Major rotations correspond to the specialty tracks to which an individual applies. Major rotations are 24-hours per week for twelve months. For the 2014-2015 training year, the program will offer four specialty tracks as listed below.  Applicants may apply for only one track.

  1.  Primary Care Psychology at A.F. Williams
  2. JFK Developmental Disabilities
  3. Primary Care Psychology
  4. Sauld Family Health Centers

Because this training has a specialty emphasis,  priority is given to applicants who show promise of a career focus in that specialty area. Evidence of prior experience in and commitment to the specialty area are weighted heavily in evaluating applicant credentials.

Program Results: 

This program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Targeted Professions
Clinical Health
Self-Reported Competencies
PCPCC’s Education and Training Task Force identified 16 interprofessional training competencies critical for preparing health professionals for practicing in team-based, coordinated care models such as patient-centered medical homes. Listed below are the self-reported competencies that this program has achieved, which have been organized by the five core features of a medical home as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient-Centered Care Competencies: 
Patient-centered care planning, including collaborative decision-making and patient self-management
Comprehensive Care Competencies: 
Assessment of biopsychosocial needs across the lifespan
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Interprofessionalism & interdisciplinary team collaboration
Last updated July 21, 2014

* Please note: Information contained in this database is self-reported by representatives from each program. It does not represent an exhaustive list of education and training programs and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement from the PCPCC.


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