Doctoral Internship:

Competency Areas

The principle goal of the Doctoral Internship at the CSDC at the UHM is to train and educate psychology interns for the general practice of professional psychology, with particular emphasis on competencies that pertain to college mental health.

Our training goals and objectives are keyed to eleven areas of professional core competencies.  Each intern is expected to develop confidence and skill in each of the following areas: 

I.      Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors

II.     Individual and Cultural Diversity

III.    Ethical and Legal Standards

IV.    Reflective Practice/Self-Assessment/Self-Care

V.     Communication and Interpersonal Skills

VI.    Research of Scientific Knowledge and Methods

VII.    Evidence-Based Practice

VIII.   Assessment

IX.     Intervention

X.     Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills

XI.     Supervision

Each of these eleven professional core competencies will be introduced next.

I. Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors

Interns at CSDC are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner throughout the internship year. They are expected to display behavior that reflects the values and attitudes of psychology. The Doctoral Internship strives to increase the professionalism of the interns.

II. Individual and Cultural Diversity

Interns at CSDC are expected to conduct themselves with awareness, sensitivity and skill in working professionally with diverse individuals, groups, and communities who represent various cultural and personal backgrounds and characteristics defined broadly and consistently with APA policy. 

III. Ethical and Legal Standards

Interns at CSDC are expected to apply ethical concepts and exhibit awareness of legal issues regarding professional activities with individuals, groups, and organizations.

IV. Reflective Practice / Self-Assessment / Self-Care

Interns at CSDC will conduct themselves with personal and professional self-awareness and reflection, with awareness of competencies, and with appropriate self-care.


V. Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Interns at CSDC will relate effectively and meaningfully with individuals, groups, and/or communities.


VI. Research of Scientific Knowledge and Methods

Interns at CSDC will utilize their understanding of research, research methodology, bases of behavior, and development across the lifespan as it relates to professional practice. They display respect for scientifically derived knowledge.


VII. Evidence-Based Practice

Interns at CSDC will integrate research and clinical expertise in the context of patient factors. 


VIII. Assessment

Interns at CSDC will demonstrate assessment and diagnosis of problems, capabilities and issues associated with individuals, groups, and/or organizations.


IX. Intervention

Interns at CSDC will utilize interventions designed to alleviate suffering and to promote health and well-being of individuals, groups, and/or organizations.


X. Consultation and Interprofessional / Interdisciplinary

Interns at CSDC will provide expert guidance or professional assistance in response to a client's needs or goals.

XI. Supervision

Interns at CSDC will provide supervision and training in the professional knowledge base of enhancing and monitoring the professional functioning of others.


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