Predoctoral Fellowship in Clinical & Community Psychology Print E-mail

Yale Doctoral Internship in Clinical & Community Psychology

The major aim of the predoctoral internship 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 Yale Doctoral Internship in Clinical & Community Psychology in the Psychology Section of the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine offers training in clinical and community interventions at three primary sites: Connecticut Mental Health Center, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and the Yale Stress Center. Since the primary sites offer different training opportunities, applicants to the Internship Program should review material describing each of the 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. Each 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.

Click here for more information about The Consultation Center predoctoral training experience and other placement site offerings as well as the internship application process.