Training Philosophy

The Psychology Internship Program at LLUSM adheres to a philosophy and training model consistent with the Local Clinical Scientist Model (LCS, as described by Stricker, 2002, and Stricker & Trierweiler, 1995). The LCS model emphasizes a scientific attitude on the part of the practitioner, wihout neglecting the contextual factors present in the immediate setting he/she is functioning in. In other words, while strictly abiding by scientific knowledge is considered to be ideal in clinical practice, we also recognize that scientific knowledge is at times insufficient, and indiscriminately applying general rules may risk neglecting important contextual factors. (more...)

Training Goals and Objectives

The internship's training program emphasizes eight core areas of professional competency:

  1. Competence in professional conduct, ethics, and legal matters
  2. Sensitivity, awareness, and respect of all aspects of human diversity
  3. Knowledge and competence in the theoretical and practical methods related to diagnosis and assessment
  4. Utilization of theory, science, and creative, critical clinical thinking in psychotherapeutic interventions
  5. Competence in scholarly inquiry and application of current scientific knowledge to practice
  6. Competence in professional consultation
  7. Competence in supervision
  8. Sensitivity and competence in addressing issues of religion and spirituality in the lives of patients


Training Components

Our training program consists of foundational elements (i.e., aspirational educational components that are infused and interwoven across all training experiences), general domains (i.e., broad training experiences in general areas within the practice of clinical psychology), and focused experiences in both specialty psychiatric settings as well as medical settings. (more...)

Clinical Training Activities

Psychology interns work alongside psychologists, psychiatrists, other physicians, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals in an outpatient mental health clinic (which includes the LLU Student Counseling Center), inpatient psychiatric hospital, day treatment programs, and medical settings (Cancer Institute and Heart Institute). (more...)

Didactic Activities

A wide range of formal didactic training experiences are offered as an integral part of the psychology internship program. The training experiences are designed to build on prior experience and training and to provide new experiences that are sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity. Each training opportunity is designed to provide interns with the knowledge necessary to obtain competency in the program specific goals and objectives. The training activities are also designed specifically to correspond and complement the interns' comprehensive clinical experiences. Because we select interns that have a thorough knowledge of basic psychological theory, the internship year concentrates on translating theory to applied work. However, interns participate in three-four hours per week of enriching didactic experiences. (more...)

Weekly Allocation of Hours

All interns are expected to work 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. The Weekly Allocation of Hours section outlines how time is typically distributed among the various internship training activities. Given that each rotation provides a unique training experience, the allocations may vary slightly across rotations.