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Training Philosophy, Goals and Competencies

Training Philosophy

The conceptual framework of Drexel University’s Counseling Center's training model is based on a practioner-scholar model whereby the emphasis on learning is through the integration of science and practice under clinical supervision, mentorship and didactic programing.Our mission is three-fold:

  1. To foster the growth of previously acquired competencies and personal interests
  2. To facilitate the development of a broad range of new clinical competencies using clinical theory and empirical research
  3. And to support and nurture professional growth as our interns prepare to become independent practitioners.

There are a number of activities we view as crucial components to our training philosophy, which include formal clinical supervision, didactics, informal peer to peer consultation, mentorship, consultation with staff members and review of professional literature.  We train our interns with the expectation that they will become highly skilled generalists equipped to handle a diverse population of clients and needs as they enter post-doctoral training or entry-level positions.

We believe in the importance of using a developmental and individualist approach to supervision that meets our interns where they are at, but also encourages the exploration of their own identities and beliefs to understand how their unique experiences and background informs their approach to treatment.  The areas of functioning emphasized at our training site include: individual and group psychotherapy, clinical assessment, crisis intervention, outreach, and consultation.

Goals and Competencies

Goal 1: Therapeutic Intervention Skills

  • Interns will demonstrate effective skills in diagnosing, assessing, and developing case conceptualizations and treatment plans.

  • Interns will demonstrate the ability to work within a range of therapeutic modalities to treat a variety of clients and a broad range of psychological issues.

  • Interns will demonstrate the integration of scientific methods to professional practice.

Goal 2: Competence to respond to crisis situations

  • Interns will demonstrate the consultation, collaboration, and documentation skills necessary to effectively assess all safety and risk factors.

  • Interns will demonstrate the ability to manage on-call duties effectively including consultation with other staff members, university representatives and crisis workers.

  • Interns will demonstrate the ability to effectively handle disposition and follow-up with crisis situations.

Goal 3: Multiculturalism

  • Interns will demonstrate the awareness to monitor and examine one’s own attitudes, assumptions, behaviors, values and worldview in working with individual and cultural diversity issues.

  • Interns will apply knowledge, sensitivity, and understanding regarding individual and cultural diversity when working with diverse others in assessment, treatment, and consultation.

  • Interns will demonstrate the ability to seek consultation and to pursue further learning regarding diversity issues.

Goal 4: Professional Identity as a psychologist

  • Interns will demonstrate the ability to interact professionally with clients, peers, supervisors, and professional staff.

  • Interns will demonstrate professional responsibility with case management, documentation, and time management.

  • Interns will demonstrate professional maturity.

  • Interns will demonstrate broad and accurate self-assessment of competence and will monitor and work toward the recognition of limits of knowledge and skills and to seek means for growth.

Goal 5: Education, outreach, and serving as a liaison

  • Interns will demonstrate the ability to support the work of others in the university and provide professional guidance to others.

  • Interns will demonstrate competence in facilitation and presentation skills.

  • Interns will demonstrate the ability to participate in outreach activities and establish relationships with other professional disciplines.

Goal 6: Consultation and collaboration with an interdisciplinary staff, the campus community, and off-campus community

  • Interns will demonstrate the ability to consult and collaborate with peers, supervisors, and professional staff.

  • Interns will demonstrate the ability to consult and collaborate with faculty, administrators, student support staff, other student affairs professionals.

  • Interns will demonstrate the ability to consult and collaborate with other mental health professionals, agencies outside of the university, and families when appropriate.

Goal 7: Ethics and Law

  • Interns will demonstrate knowledge of APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct.

  • Interns will demonstrate knowledge of the laws, statutes, rules and regulations related to the practice of professional psychology.

  • Interns will integrate their own moral principles/ethical values in professional conduct.

Please see our brochure for more information: Drexel Predoctoral Internship Brochure