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Predoctoral Fellowship in Clinical & Community Psychology Print E-mail

Overview

The major aim of the predoctoral training program is to foster the student's acquisition of skills as a clinician, as a provider of clinical, consultative, and preventative services, and eventually as a clinical investigator. We emphasize the coordination of intensive, theoretically-based, supervised, clinical experiences with systematic evaluations of observations and assumptions made in clinical and community practice.

The Psychology Internship Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine offers training in clinical and community interventions in two primary clinical sites: 1) The Connecticut Mental Health Center (CMHC), and 2) Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital (Y-NHPH). Applicants to the Internship Program must select one of these two clinical sites as their primary placement. Predoctoral fellows remain at their primary placement for the entire internship year, participating in the diversity of experiences that are available within that clinical facility. Thus, in the application to the internship program, you must select from among these two clinical sites, indicating which of the two sites (CMHC or Y-NHPH) is of primary interest to you. Applicants who are interested in CMHC or Y-NHPH as their primary placement must make further selections among several alternative primary and secondary placements within the CMHC or the Y-NHPH, and this selection also needs to be indicated in the application. Fellows from all three of the primary clinical sites participate in a series of didactic seminars offered by the Psychology Section as well as other didactic experiences offered by the Department of Psychiatry. Since the two primary clinical sites offer different training opportunities, applicants to the Internship Program should review material describing each of the two clinical facilities, deciding which of the sites is most congruent with their interests and goals.

Because the student's primary experiences in graduate school have usually been in research and theory, much of the training of predoctoral fellows in our program is devoted to clinical and/or community practice in an interdisciplinary setting where such efforts are highly valued. Seminars and supervision are directed toward developing clinical sensitivity and consultative competence and integrating these skills with basic theory and research. We believe that this integration is best facilitated by thorough training in a few select areas rather than superficial acquaintance with many different areas. Thus, the goals of our training program are to provide intensive experience and training that will enable the student to begin to develop skills in particular areas and to develop the capacity to examine and evaluate the assumptions and observations made in this clinical practice.

Each predoctoral fellow has a primary placement in one of the several clinical facilities of the Department of Psychiatry. Each clinical facility provides opportunities to participate in a wide variety of clinical activities with intensive supervision. The goals in each setting are to develop clinical and consultation skills at a high level, to learn to work collaboratively with other disciplines in treating individuals and families, to learn about different modes of assessment and intervention, and to formulate meaningful research questions related to these various forms of clinical activity. As part of the application process, prospective fellows indicate the clinical facility they consider most congruent with their interests and professional goals. An important part of the application process is the matching of the applicant's interests and goals with the training experiences in at least one of our primary clinical training facilities. In addition to the training experiences provided in each of the clinical facilities, all predoctoral fellows participate in several year-long department-wide seminars offered by psychology faculty. Fellows can also participate in select training experiences in other clinical units, in elective seminars offered in the Department of Psychiatry, in courses in the Department of Psychology, and in ongoing research projects.

There are various opportunities throughout the University and in the Department of Psychiatry for predoctoral fellows who wish to stay at Yale for further training at the postdoctoral level.

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