Philosophy, Goals, & Objectives

 

Our Mission and Vision

The Division of Psychology Mission:

  • Providing evidence based behavioral health services to adults, children, and families while creating a healthy environment where all people are treated with dignity, respect, and courtesy
  • Training and educating students, interns, residents, and fellows
  • Conducting clinically based research focused on improving treatment outcomes and advancing the field through dissemination

Goals & Objectives

Goal 1: Post-docs will reflect the professional values and attitudes of the field of psychology.


OBJECTIVE 1: Post-docs will conduct themselves with integrity, deportment, accountability, and concern for others

OBJECTIVE 2: Post-docs will have a solid sense of their identity as a psychologist within the field of psychology as a whole

OBJECTIVE 3: Post-docs will be sensitive and skilled in working professionally with diverse individuals, groups, and communities

OBJECTIVE 4: Post-docs will apply ethical concepts and show awareness of legal issues regarding professional activities with individuals, groups, and organizations

OBJECTIVE 5: Post-docs will practice with personal and professional self-awareness and reflection, with awareness of competencies, and with appropriate self-care.

 

GOAL 2: Post-docs will establish, develop, and maintain effective interpersonal professional relationships with clients, supervisors, supervisees, faculty, peers, support staff, allied professionals, organizations, and communities.


OBJECTIVE 1: Post-docs will develop and maintain relationships with a wide range of clients, colleagues, organizations, and communities

OBJECTIVE 2: Post-docs will manage difficult communication and possess advanced interpersonal skills

OBJECTIVE 3: Post-docs will use verbal, nonverbal, and written communication that is informative, articulate, succinct, sophisticated, and well-integrated; they will demonstrate a thorough grasp of professional language and concepts

 

GOAL 3: Post-docs will respect scientifically derived knowledge and understand research, research methodology, techniques of data collection and analysis, biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, and development across the lifespan.


OBJECTIVE 1: Post-docs will independently apply scientific methods to practice, demonstrates advanced level knowledge of core science, and independently applies knowledge and understanding of scientific foundations to practice

OBJECTIVE 2: Post-docs will generate research that contributes to the professional knowledge base and/or evaluates the effectiveness of various professional activities

 

GOAL 4: Post-docs will be competent to practice in the field of clinical psychology at the completion of their training.


OBJECTIVE 1:  Post-docs will integrate research and clinical expertise in the context of patient factors

OBJECTIVE 2: Post-docs will assess and diagnose problems, capabilities, and issues associated with individuals, groups, and organizations.

OBJECTIVE 3: Post-docs will apply interventions designed to alleviate suffering and promote health and well-being of individuals, groups, and/or organizations

OBJECTIVE 4: Post-docs will provide expert guidance or professional assistance in response to a client’s needs or goals

 

GOAL 5: Post-docs will promote the education of others in the field through teaching and supervision.


OBJECTIVE 1: Produce clinicians who are able to provide instruction, disseminate knowledge, and evaluate acquisition of knowledge and skill in professional psychology.

OBJECTIVE 2: Produce clinicians who are able to supervise and train in the professional knowledge base of enhancing and monitoring the professional functioning of others.

 

GOAL 6: Post-docs will develop a strong understanding of the systems in which psychologists work, including the role of other professionals, administration and advocacy.


OBJECTIVE 1: Post-docs will understand key issues and concepts in related disciplines by identifying and interacting with professionals in multiple disciplines.

OBJECTIVE 2: Post-docs will manage the direct delivery of services and/or the administration of organizations, programs, or agencies.

OBJECTIVE 3: Post-docs will target the impact of social, political, economic or cultural factors to promote change at the individual, institutional, and/or systems level through advocacy efforts.

 

Core Competencies

Core competencies are behaviorally-anchored measures of fellows’ progress toward outcomes during the training year. Fellows must demonstrate these core competencies (which comprise the evaluation of fellow) for successful completion of the training program.

CORE COMPETENCY AREA #1: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Measurement—Ratings of acceptable or above on supervisor ratings of the following areas:

  • Professionalism
  • Individual and Cultural Diversity
  • Ethical, Legal Standards, and Policy
  • Reflective Practice/Self-Assessment/Self-Care

CORE COMPETENCY AREA #2: RELATIONAL

Core competency 2.1: Each fellow will demonstrate the ability to development and maintain appropriate professional relationships with clients, supervisors, supervisees, faculty, peers, support staff, allied professionals, organizations, and communities.

Measurement—Ratings of acceptable or above on supervisor ratings of the following areas: Interpersonal Professional Relationships Competency Rating Form (all items)

CORE COMPETENCY AREA #3: SCIENCE

Core Competency 3.1: Each fellow will demonstrate an ability to effectively consume research through critical evaluation and application. Measurement—Fellow will present at least one research-based journal article during the fellowship year.

Measurement—Fellow will attend at least 5 presentations or seminars involving current reviews of research, including didactics, grand rounds, conferences, or other presentations.

Measurement—Ratings of acceptable or above on supervisor ratings of the following areas:

  • Scientific knowledge and methods
  • Research/evaluation

 CORE COMPETENCY AREA #4: APPLICATION

Core Competency 3.1: Each fellow will demonstrate the ability to provide psychological services at a level expected of someone ready to enter into independent practice.

Measurement—Ratings of acceptable or above on supervisor ratings of the following areas:

  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Consultation

CORE COMPETENCY AREA #5: EDUCATION

Core Competency 5.1: Each fellow will use supervision effectively and will gain skills in teaching and providing supervision during the course of the training year.

Measurement—Fellow will attend 2 hours of weekly supervision with a faculty supervisor each week (total 100 hours)

Measurement—Ratings of acceptable or above on supervisor ratings of the following areas:

  • Teaching
  • Supervision

CORE COMPETENCY AREA #6: Systems

Core Competency 6.1: each fellow will demonstrate an understanding of the systems in which psychologists work, including the role of other professionals, administration and advocacy.

Measurement—Fellow will attend at least 5 systems-relates lectures offered as part of postdoctoral didactics seminar.

Measurement—Ratings of acceptable or above on supervisor ratings of the following areas:

  • Interdisciplinary Systems
  • Management/Administration
  • Advocacy