Brown Clinical Psychology Training Consortium
Clinical Psychology Internship
The primary objective of the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program is to provide an integrated year of predoctoral training which emphasizes both breadth and depth of clinical exposure. The overall goals are: (1) to ensure adequate levels of proficiency in the core aspects of assessment, therapy, consultation and clinical research within clinical psychology; and (2) to provide a beginning concentration in a particular area of clinical psychology. Clinical psychology residents are admitted into one of four areas of concentration or "tracks" within the training program: (1) Adult; (2) Child; (3) Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine; or (4) Neuropsychology. The internship year consists of three four-month rotations. Clinical psychology residents must complete two rotations within their identified track and another rotation either inside track or outside of their track area. Clinical psychology residents must meet the rotation specific competencies for the three four-month rotations.
The overall training objectives of the program reflect a commitment to the development of clinical psychologists who are clinical scientists with broad-based clinical skills
The goals and objectives of the Brown Clinical Psychology Internship are implemented through a number of program components: (1) track-based rotations; (2) elective rotation assignments; (3) research placements; (4) seminars; and (5) the faculty advisory process. The particular experiences acquired will vary according to the Track in which the clinical psychology resident is based, the combination of rotations taken, and the nature of the clinical psychology resident's research placement.
Clinical psychology residents receive written evaluations twice during each of their three clinical rotations by their rotation supervisors. Evaluation is based on a detailed competency-based format that emphasizes the acquisition of specific clinical knowledge and skills. Evaluations occur half-way through the course of the rotation and at the end of the rotation. Adherence to APA ethical standards is also a criterion for passing each rotation.
A clinical psychology resident's performance at his/her research placement is also evaluated semi-annually. Both faculty supervisors and research placement supervisors rate the clinical psychology resident's performance. In an effort to continually improve the quality of the training experience, clinical psychology residents are required to evaluate their faculty supervisors for each rotation. These evaluations are completed by the clinical psychology residents at the end of each rotation and at the middle and end of their year long research placement experience.
The Brown Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program maintains ongoing communication with each clinical psychology resident's graduate training program throughout the year. Letters are sent to graduate training programs once at the beginning of the internship year, outlining the clinical psychology resident's rotation assignments and research placement; in the middle of the internship year, providing a brief overview of the clinical psychology resident's experiences to date, his/her general progress, as well as the experiences planned for the remainder of the year; and then again at the end of the internship year, providing a summary of the clinical psychology resident’s experience and performance.