Psychology Internship

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

The pre-doctoral internship in psychology at Cherokee Health Systems (CHS) provides generalist training that prepares students for the practice of professional psychology in a behaviorally enhanced health care home.  As both a federally qualified health center and a community mental health center, CHS serves an increasingly diverse population with a variety of behavioral health needs, allowing the program to offer a variety of clinical training experiences.

The program accepts four interns each year with the primary goal being to provide an intensive and diverse clinical training experience within an integrated community health setting. Because CHS provides progressive and broad-based health services, interns gain exposure to a unique range of clinical training opportunities, including integrated primary behavioral care, psychosocial rehabilitation, as well as traditional outpatient mental health care.  The variety of clinical experiences within a community health setting facilitates professional competency in a range of arenas, including:

  1. Clinical Skills:  Application of theory and research to clinical practice; psychological assessment and diagnostic skills; intervention skills; treatment planning; case conceptualization skills; supervision
  2. Integrated Services Delivery:  Professional consultation skills; interface in multidisciplinary setting; primary care psychology
  3. Sensitivity to individual and cultural diversity in professional work
  4. Ethical standards in clinical practice
  5. Professional Development: Professional conduct and growth; self-awareness; public advocacy 
Program Results: 

This internship program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 2005.  It is currently accredited through 2017.

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: 
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: 
Assessment of biopsychosocial needs across the lifespan
Population-based approaches to health care delivery
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Care coordination for comprehensive care of patient & family in the community
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
Accessible Care Competencies: 
Promotion of appropriate access to care (e.g., group appointments, open scheduling)
Last updated November 15, 2013

* 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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