Philosophy and Training Model
Experiential Learning Philosophy
The Psychology Internship at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's Counseling and Student Development Center embraces a philosophy of Experiential Learning to train and prepare interns for the general practice of professional psychology. An experiential learning philosophy recognizes that people learn through concrete experience, reflective observation, abstract conceptualization, and active experimentation (Kolb, 1984). Experiential learning results in awareness, knowledge, skills, and the ability to apply these different types of learning to future experience. As trainers and supervisors, the CSDC faculty recognizes our role as facilitators of reflection, conceptualization, experimentation, and application.
The internship is organized around a Practitioner-Scholar model (Stoltenberg et. al., 2000). We recognize that science and practice are interlocking skills that form the foundation of psychological knowledge and its application (Belar & Perry, 1992). At CSDC, the training faculty expects interns to learn to practice psychology in a manner informed by psychological theory and research. Although research is not required as part of the internship, we encourage interns to learn about evidence-based practice and to become familiar with interventions that have been supported by research. The program recognizes that many interns come from scientist-practitioner graduate programs and we believe that the CSDC internship complements their training and is consistent with the long-term goals of scientist-practitioner training.