Philosophy and Mission

The Training Program is based upon a practitioner-scholar model of clinical practice.  It provides an opportunity for interns to develop and refine clinical knowledge and skills in the areas of diagnosis, assessment, psychotherapy/intervention and the integration of advanced concepts.  The training program values knowledge and skills, as well as scholarly attitude development, professional behavior, and integration into the professional community.  In particular, the training program encourages social and diversity awareness/appreciation, ethical reasoning, scholarly inquiry, critical thinking, familiarity with biopsychosocial and psychotherapy research, and professional development which are integrated into clinical activities and discussions.  In addition, interns are encouraged to maintain effective coping skills and respectful, professional relationships with all program participants and colleagues. 

 

 

   Mission          Values           Implementation

Background

The Training Program was developed to respond to local doctoral programs and doctoral psychology students who need a local internship, the desire to enrich our programs through infusion of advanced trainees throughout the hospital, and the desire to foster the interest and skills of future psychologists to provide high quality services to this underserved population. 

Mission

 

Our mission is to train professional psychologists and other mental health practitioners who are able to effectively integrate the objective and subjective aspects of care, in order to engage, evaluate and provide clinical interventions to a diverse clinical population

  • at all levels of functioning and stages of change

  • in outpatient and inpatient levels of care

  • in an interdisciplinary behavioral healthcare environment

  • with clinical skils, subjective understanding, and compassion.

 

(Revised 12/2015)

 

Values

 

In the spirit of service-learning, the psychology department provides a broad and integrated training experience that services the GMC community, while enhancing the quality of care, interdisciplinary experience, and passion for learning throughout the hospital.  The psychology department aims to educate clinicians toward the highest standards of clinical practice consistent with local, state, and national/regulatory agencies and professional organizations; empirically supported treatment processes; and humanistic and existential values and standards of care. 

 

Implementation

 

The  development of clinical skills is fostered in the areas of comprehensive evaluation, individual and group therapy, and psychological testing. 

 

Using person-centered, transformation, and recovery -based models of care; an informed transtheoretical approach; and evidence-based and empirically supported practices as guiding principles, Outpatient Clinic services integrate a variety of treatment orientations and services, including cognitive, behavioral, existential, humanistic, and psychodynamic theories and techniques; trauma-informed services; and referrals for public sector services.  These approaches are offered with an appreciation of advanced concepts, including process awareness, relationship, subjectivity, mindfulness and presence, intentionality, finitudes, coping resources, personal authority and choice, self-activation, and the ways in which changes are manifested in daily life. 

 

We recognize that an underlying premise in our services is that they will maximize the ability to change something which is interfering with self-healing, functioning, and quality of life.  As partners in this change process we recognize our responsibility to be mindful of how our services will activate change processes; and how to adapt interventions to an individual participant's concerns, stage of change, and preferred levels of change (symptoms, cognitions, interpersonal, family/systems, and intrapersonal).  And finally, in developing programming we seek to ensure that each person has the opportunity to experience these change processes in the format most helpful to them. 

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