Goals, Objectives and Competencies

Goals, Objectives and Competencies

The overarching aim of the Child Clinical/Pediatric Psychology Internship Program at the University of Louisville School of Medicine is to prepare psychology interns for entry into professional practice in child clinical and pediatric psychology. To that end, the program has four training goals and nine objectives with specific competencies:


GOAL 1 To promote competence in theories and methods of effective psychological intervention with children, adolescents, and families.

Objective
1a. Interns will provide effective psychological intervention to children, adolescents, and families from diverse backgrounds with a wide variety of presenting problems in settings reflecting different levels and types of clinical care.

  • Develop and implement appropriate treatment plans to address rotation-specific presenting problems.
  • Articulate an integrative conceptualization of diversity as it impacts case formulation and intervention.
  • Establish and maintain rapport with a diverse range of children, adolescents, and caregivers.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of empirically based treatments and interventions.
  • Assess treatment effectiveness and efficiency and adapt interventions as needed.
  • Use good clinical judgment about unexpected issues such as crises or confrontation.
  • Terminate treatment successfully.
  • Demonstrate effective case management and discharge planning for children and adolescents in different clinical settings.
  • Establish and maintain rapport with a diverse range of children, adolescents, and caregivers.

 

GOAL 2 To promote competence in theories and methods of psychological assessment, diagnosis, and case conceptualization with children and adolescents.

Objectives
2a. Interns will demonstrate interview and assessment skills appropriate for the evaluation of diverse children and adolescents in multiple mental health and medical settings to facilitate differential diagnosis and treatment planning.

  • Clarify and refine referral questions.
  • Conduct thorough, succinct clinical interviews.
  • Utilize knowledge of client contextual and diversity considerations to guide assessment strategies relevant to the rotation population.
  • Accurately conceptualize a range of cases in the context of the clinical rotation.
  • Accurately diagnose mental health and learning disorders in children and adolescents using DSM IV TR diagnostic criteria.
  • Verbally communicate assessment findings and recommendations clearly to patients and caregivers.
  • Integrate theory with individual patient, assessment, and collateral information into concise, coherent reports to address referral questions.

2b. Interns will conduct proficient comprehensive psychological testing with diverse children and adolescents.

  • Select evidence based, culturally sensitive psychological testing tools to effectively answer referral questions.
  • Demonstrate awareness of limitations and proper use of demographic norms.
  • Accurately diagnose mental health and learning disorders in children and adolescents using DSM IV TR diagnostic criteria.
  • Verbally communicate testing results and recommendations clearly to patients and caregivers.
  • Integrate theory with individual patient, assessment, and collateral information into concise, coherent reports to address referral questions.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with APA’s Code of Fair Testing Practices and Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing.

 

GOAL 3 To promote competence in collaboration and consultation in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary child clinical and pediatric settings.

Objectives
3a. Interns will collaborate effectively with other professionals to provide optimal service to children, adolescents, and families.

  • Articulate the shared and distinctive contributions of other professionals on the treatment team for each rotation.
  • Integrate perspectives from multiple professions and information obtained from other team members to improve interventions and assessments.
  • Incorporate psychological information into overall team planning and implementation.
  • Provide peer supervision to other interns and psychiatry residents in routine cases during group supervision and didactic sessions.
  • Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to cultural and individual differences in working with diverse patients, colleagues, and systems of care.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely with professionals from other disciplines.

3b. Interns will provide psychological consultation to other professionals in response to the needs of children, adolescents, and families in clinical settings.

  • Demonstrate applied understanding of the differences between being the main provider of care and providing consultation to other professionals.
  • Recognize role functions of each professional and shift roles as needed.
  • Display a basic understanding of the key issues and terminology relevant to the rotation setting.
  • Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to cultural and individual differences in working with diverse patients, colleagues, and systems of care.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely with professionals from other disciplines.


GOAL 4 To promote the development of ethics, values, and a professional identity that reflect a commitment to child clinical and pediatric psychology.

Objectives
4a. Interns will function in an ethical and legal manner.

  • Demonstrate routine command and application of the APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct as well as state regulations and laws regarding the practice of psychology.
  • Spontaneously identify and analyze complex ethical and legal issues in supervision and proactively address.
  • Demonstrate functional understanding of consent and assent to treatment issues as they apply to children and adolescents.
  • Demonstrate functional understanding of confidentiality issues when working with children, adolescents and families and in communications with other professionals.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with APA’s Guidelines for Providers of Psychological Services to Ethnic, Linguistic and Culturally Diverse Populations.

4b. Interns will conduct all activities in a professional manner.

  • Complete all documentation in timely manner.
  • Adequately prepare for supervision with appropriate questions and case presentations.
  • Maintain appropriate boundaries and satisfactory relationships with patients, colleagues, allied professionals, and the public.
  • Adhere to institutional policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate awareness of key issues and advances in the profession.

4c. Interns will increase their understanding of the administration of child/pediatric psychology practice and training.

  • Develop an understanding of the workings of various clinical settings, including levels of organization and function, and the roles of psychologists in these settings.
  • Manage and evaluate one’s own direct delivery of services and other professional responsibilities.
  • Articulate a philosophy or model of supervision appropriate for professional practice in child psychology.
  • Evaluate strengths and weaknesses of training experiences.
  • Identify cultural and power differential variables that influence supervisory and institutional relationships and outcomes.

4d. Interns will be proficient in self awareness and self care.

  • Engage in self-evaluation and use awareness of strengths and weaknesses to guide practice, use of consultation and scholarly resources, and professional development.
  • Demonstrate understanding of one’s own cultural identity in the context of work with clients and other professionals.
  • Monitor and adapt professional behavior in a culturally sensitive manner as needed.
    Engage in adequate self care to maintain health and fitness to practice.

 

Alumni Survey 2013-present
How well did you achieve each goal by the end of the training year
Goal 14.1 (above average to superior)
Goal 24.0 (above average to superior)
Goal 34.6 (above average to superior)
Goal 4 4.3 (above average to superior)