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CPIP GOALS & OBJECTIVES

The Clinical Psychology Internship Program (CPIP) at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center (Fort Gordon, Georgia) provides training in the basic skills of professionalism and professional values, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and consultation. Interns develop awareness and appreciation of issues associated with personal and professional development, professional ethics, diversity, and evidence-based psychological practice. The Program is a 12-month, full time psychology training program designed to produce generalists in the field of clinical psychology.

PHILOSOPHY OF TRAINING: The Internship is based on a general practitioner model enhanced by training in specialty areas such as health psychology, neuropsychology, inpatient psychiatry, and military psychology. The Program recognizes that it is essential to begin at each intern's level of professional development and provide opportunities through which existing skills may be refined and new skills assimilated.

The goals of the CPIP are

  1. to train clinical psychologists who are capable of functioning with professional autonomy in a variety of applied settings in the Army and
  2. to develop interns’ professional identity as a psychologist.

OBJECTIVES: The objective of the training program is to foster the development of a number of core skills identified by all Army Clinical Psychology Internship Programs as being essential to the practice of clinical psychology within an Army setting. These skills are discussed below in relation to American Psychological Association Foundational and Functional Competency Benchmarks in Professional PsychologyExternal Link - Opens in New Window addressed by the Program, which are formally evaluated throughout the training year.

Professionalism

  • Professional Values and Attitudes: As evidenced in behavior and comportment that reflect the values and attitudes of psychology.
  • Individual and Cultural Diversity: Demonstrates awareness, sensitivity and skills in working professionally with diverse individuals, groups and communities who represent various cultural and personal background and characteristics defined broadly and consistent with APA policy.
  • Ethical/Legal Standards and Policy: Demonstrates the application of ethical concepts and awareness of legal issues regarding professional activities with individuals, groups, and organizations. Includes APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct, relevant state and local legal standards and guidelines, and relevant Army standards and Regulations.
  • Reflective Practice/Self-Assessment/Self-Care: Practice is conducted with personal and professional self-awareness and reflection, with awareness of competencies, and with appropriate self care.

Relational

  • Relationships: Relates effectively and meaningfully with individuals, groups, and/or communities. Develops and maintains effective relationships with clients, colleagues, and communities; manages difficult communication; demonstrates appropriate boundary management and skills in verbal, nonverbal, and written communication.

Science

  • Scientific Knowledge and Methods: Demonstrates understanding of research, research methodology, techniques of data collection and analysis, biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior; and development across the lifespan. Shows respect for scientifically derived knowledge. Independently applies scientific methods to practice and demonstrates advanced level of knowledge of core science.

Application

  • Evidence-Based Practice: Demonstrates integration of research and clinical expertise in the context of patient factors; independently applies knowledge of evidence-based practice, including empirical bases of assessment, intervention, and other psychological applications, clinical expertise, and client preferences.
  • Assessment: Demonstrates understanding and skill set associated with assessment and diagnosis of problems, capabilities and issues associated with individuals, groups, and/or organizations. For example, demonstrates knowledge of measurement and psychometrics, selection and administration of psychometric tools; accurately conceptualizes case based on results of assessment; utilizes data to derive diagnosis and case formulation and diagnosis to inform treatment planning.
  • Intervention: Interventions are designed to alleviate suffering and to promote health and well-being of individuals, groups, and/or organizations. Plans interventions specific to case and context; displays clinical skills with a wide variety of patients; implements interventions with fidelity to treatment models and flexibly adapts where appropriate; evaluates treatment progress and modifies planning as indicated; establishes strong rapport with patients.
  • Consultation: Demonstrates the ability to provide expert guidance or professional assistance in response to a client’s needs or goals. Determines appropriate role of consultant and shifts roles to meet referral needs; appropriately selects approach that answers referral issue and answers the referral question articulately and accurately with effective recommendations.

Education

  • Teaching: Provides instruction, disseminates knowledge, and evaluates acquisition of knowledge and skill in professional psychology; demonstrates knowledge of didactic learning strategies and how to accommodate different styles of learning; applies teaching methods in multiple settings.

Systems

  • Interdisciplinary Systems: Demonstrates knowledge of key issues and concepts in related disciplines. Identifies and interacts with professionals in multiple disciplines; demonstrates awareness of differing worldviews, roles, standards, and contributions of other professions. Displays skills that support effective interdisciplinary team functioning.

Throughout training and educational endeavors, the above goals and objectives are accomplished in the context of the additional task of acquiring knowledge of military roles/responsibilities, administration, and organization. The activities of the CPIP are designed to enhance the knowledge of those Army regulations, organizational, and administrative procedures relevant to the professional practice of psychology in a military setting