Training Model

Our philosophy of training is a culturally focused Developmental Mentorship Practitioner (DMP) model designed to train generalists to be prepared for entry-level practice in psychology and to function in multiple clinical contexts.

The core of the model is a practitioner orientation. This is rooted in applied psychology and includes extensive training in: assessment, diagnosis, and triage; individual, group, and couples' therapy; emergency and on-call crisis intervention; outreach, programming, and consultation; supervision and training. The MU SCS staff embrace a range of theoretical orientations, treatment modalities, and ways of thinking that are intentionally divergent. 

The developmental focus highlights the parallel process that occurs between clients' development, interns' personal and professional development, and the transitions of the academic and training year. The internship year begins with assessment of entering interns' skills, and progresses with facilitated, active involvement in both individually selected and universal professional activities. 

Our site is committed and dedicated to ethical, culturally aware mentoring through reciprocal learning within supportive and challenging relationships with staff and peers. Consequently the MU SCS staff experience great satisfaction watching our internship alumni continue to grow and thrive in the professional world.

Goals of the Internship

Goal #1: Generalist Skills

Interns will engage in a range of professional activities appropriate to a generalist entry-level psychologist. 

  • Assessment, Diagnosis, and Triage
  • Individual and Group Therapy
  • On-call Crisis and Emergency Intervention
  • Outreach, Programming, and Consultation
  • Supervision and Training 

Goal #2: Integration of Science, Theory, and Art of Practice

Interns will demonstrate awareness of the intersection and integration of science, theory, and art in the practice of professional psychology. 

  • Theoretical Orientation and Clinical Style
  • Integration of Science and Theory into the Art of Practice
  • Ethics and Legal Standards

Goal #3: Professional Identity

Interns will develop a sense of identity within the field of professional psychology. 

  • Awareness of Interpersonal Style
  • Cooperative Discourse with Peers and Staff
  • Consultation and Collaboration
  • Lifelong Learner

Goal #4: Multicultural Awareness, Attitudes, and Skills

Interns will demonstrate understanding of the relevance and complex intersection of multiple identities, including cultural, ethnic, racial, religious, sexual and gender, SES, physical ability, etc., for clients and themselves. 

  • Diversity Awareness
  • Diversity Knowledge