Pre-doctoral Health Psychology Internship Track

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Organization Type: 
Not For Profit
Program Type: 
Education Level: 
Educational Elements: 
Experiential including clinical contact with patients
Program Description: 

Henry Ford Health Sciences Center offers a Health Psychology Internship Track within a larger Psychology Internship program that focuses on team-based collaborative care. Interns rotate through three services including (1) ambulatory internal medicine doing evaluation, consultation, and referral; (2) transplant surgery performing similar services; and (3) outpatient mental health providing diagnosis and treatment within a multidisciplinary service.

Interns provide direct patient care services as well as education and consultation to the medical staff and residents. The program has another track that will at some point be integrated into a more unified track; currently the track targets medically complex patients and offers rotations through the emergency department, cardiology service (largely inpatient), and trauma surgery service. During these rotations, interns provide the same evaluation, consultation, and referral services as in the Health Psychology track.

Graduates of this program will have strong diagnostic, intervention planning and treatment skills. They develop competence in diagnostic procedures, case conceptualization, and treatment planning based on an empirical tradition as applied within the context of the realities of modern health care and with sensitivity to the individual and cultural needs of their patients.  Interns develop an understanding of health care systems and how systems can be organized, financed and assessed. They will develop some familiarity with practice guidelines and how they can advance and hamper patient care.In addition, interns will have an increased sense of their own professional goals and how their needs fit in with current opportunities.  Upon graduation, interns will be prepared for advanced training, licensure, Board examination, and/or professional or academic work as would be appropriate for the particular program.

Program Results: 

The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and has been continually accredited since 1983.

Targeted Professions
Internal Medicine
Nurse Practitioners
Registered Nurses
Social Work: 
Psychiatric social work
Medical social work
Clinical Health
Medical Assistants
Physician Assistants
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: 
Advocacy for patient-centered integrated care
Cultural sensitivity and competence in culturally appropriate practice
Development of effective, caring relationships with patients
Patient-centered care planning, including collaborative decision-making and patient self-management
Comprehensive Care Competencies: 
Risk identification
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Health information technology, including e-communications with patients & other providers
Interprofessionalism & interdisciplinary team collaboration
Quality Care & Safety Competencies: 
Business models for patient-centered integrated care
Evidence-based practice
Quality improvement methods, including assessment of patient-experience for use in practice-based improvement efforts
Accessible Care Competencies: 
Promotion of appropriate access to care (e.g., group appointments, open scheduling)
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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