Interns participate in weekly didactic seminars. The didactic seminars are designed to build upon prior academic preparation and clinical training and to complement interns’ experiential clinical training based on the aims, profession-wide competencies, and learning elements of the training program. The didactic seminars prepare interns to face a wide variety of professional issues and circumstances that they are likely to encounter throughout their careers.
Current didactic topics include: HCR-20 V3 Parts I and II, Psychopathy/PCL-R training, Systems Collaboration/Multidisciplinary Collaboration, Supervision, Finding a Postdoc, Assessing Response Style/Malingering, Cognitive Assessment I & II, Methamphetamine Use and Serious Mental Illness, Psychosexual Evaluations, Working with and Treating Sexual Offenders, Trauma-Informed Care, and Working with LGBTQQ Populations.
OSH-PIP Research Committee
Interns, with the assistance of the OSH-PIP Research Committee, will identify and complete a program evaluation/research project during their internship training year. The project will need to be appropriate for OSH (i.e., relevant topic, appropriate robustness, and completable). Program evaluation projects will need to be approved by the OSH-PIP Research Committee. Research projects will need to go through the OSH-PIP Research Committee, the OSH Research Committee, and the Public Health Institutional Review Board (PH IRB). We will discuss the differences between program evaluation and research projects early in the process. Please keep in mind that research projects will also require completion of CITI Training, if an active CITI certificate has not already been obtained through your graduate program. All interns will be required to develop a question to investigate (e.g. “Do patients who utilize an interpreter at the time of their evaluations take longer to restore to competency?”), a way to answer the question (e.g. comparing the length of stay for patients who utilize and do not utilize an interpreter), data collection and analysis (e.g. an independent samples-T test in SPSS), and presentation of results.
Program evaluation and research projects that are appropriate for the length of time available typically would not involve intensive data collection. Instead, qualitative research with a small number of subjects, administration of brief assessment measures, chart review, and/or use of existing data sets are appropriate for the length of time available.
The OSH-PIP Research Committee meets the 4th Wednesday of every month, September through July. Meetings are held from 4 to 5pm in the Forensic Evaluation Service (FES) conference room. During August OSH-PIP orientation, interns will review the committee’s expected timeline for project completion, and the necessary forms. Emails with committee members and/or an identified committee mentor(s) will occur as needed between meetings. Weeks are numbered in the schedule below, and all represent Wednesdays.
Co-Supervision of Practicum Students
Interns are also involved in the group supervision of several practicum students working toward their doctoral degrees (PhD/PsyD) in clinical psychology. These students are in the third or fourth year of doctoral training. Starting the third week in September, each intern completes about a three-month rotation co-facilitating practicum group supervision with an OSH licensed psychologist. Interns also receive supervision of supervision and training in the Integrative Developmental Model (IDM) of supervision.
Interns will complete a 2-hour group presentation on a diversity topic of their choosing to the Psychology Department in the spring. Interns can also participate in an OSH Diversity Committee subcommittee. These subcommittees include Veterans for Progress, LGBTQ+, Peer Advisory Council, and Native Advisory Council. Your TD supervisor will assist you in contacting these committees.
Interns receive a minimum of 3 hours of individual supervision each week from a licensed psychologist with .5 to 1 hour with the assigned OSH-PIP Training Director, 1.5 hours with the major supervisor, and 1 hour with the minor rotation supervisor. A 1-hour weekly group supervision and a 1-hour monthly intern group is also required. Interns receive a minimum of 4 hours per week of supervision.
Other Training Opportunities
Interns can attend weekly Psychiatry Grand Rounds, weekly psychiatry Journal Club meetings, and other trainings provided by OSH through the Education Development Department. Additionally, interns receive 40 hours of educational leave during their internship year to attend local and national conferences (e.g., American Psychological Association, American Psychology – Law Society, etc.).