Components of the Training Program
While the specific components of the internship experience vary by site, certain key components are mandatory for all interns. Professional development is focused on throughout the training program, emphasizing the integration of research and practical experience including knowledge of ethical and legal standards and knowledge of individual and cultural diversity. Additionally, communication and interpersonal skills as well as professional values, attitudes, and behaviors consistent with practice informed by ethics, legal standards, and diversity are integrated throughout the training program.
- Intervention: The types of therapy experiences offered through NOPIP are quite diverse, depending on the site, but include individual, couples, family, and group modalities. The intern is expected to develop competency in the delivery of therapy to consumers representing a variety of presenting problems and cultural and individual difference and diversity.
- Assessment: Psychological assessment is an important part of the practice of professional psychology, and each intern is expected to become familiar with a variety of widely accepted assessment instruments. Interns are expected to develop competency in selecting, administering, scoring, and interpreting batteries of tests as well as producing at least 10 written reports during the year. Again, ethical conduct, multicultural issues, and the integration of research and practice will be emphasized.
- Didactic Training: Training is provided through weekly scheduled seminars and periodic community workshops. The training will typically take place in Tulsa to decrease travel demands. Training will address a variety of areas, including the didactic training series on cultural and individual differences and diversity, consultation and supervision. These didactic training series will be provided largely by NOPIP supervisors. Additional trainings will focus on a number of areas, such as diagnoses, therapy techniques, ethical concerns, various psychological tests, and forensic evaluations. The professionals providing training in these other areas are generally licensed psychologists, but may also include psychiatrists, master's level clinicians, and others. The majority of training sessions will include ancillary materials, such as journal articles or reference lists. The training schedule is created prior to the beginning of the year when, as a group, supervisors discuss each topic and sequence them so that it is progressive in difficulty and sequential, with a firm foundation in generalist areas. NOPIP allows for flexibility to meet the individual needs of the cohort; therefore, input from interns is continually encouraged. During orientation, you will be asked to complete a NOPIP training suggestions form after reviewing the training schedule. In addition, interns are encouraged to take advantage of agency and community training opportunities in areas relevant to the individual intern's interests.
- Supervision: Supervision occurs at the individual and group level, including at least two hours of weekly individual supervision from licensed psychologists at the placement site(s). In addition to the primary supervisors, interns have a number of experienced secondary supervisors available at placement site(s). Each intern also regularly receives at least two hours of group supervision from a licensed psychologist per week. Since NOPIP is a consortium, interns have the benefit of varying professional perspectives in group supervision during the year. Interns receive group supervision from supervisors from various sites, different sites providing three continuous months of group supervision, allowing for a total of four different group supervisors in the training year. In addition, the internship chair will routinely communicate and occasionally meet with interns. Regardless of who is providing supervision, the following topics will be addressed: administrative issues (communication, policies and procedures, problem resolution, etc.), multidisciplinary issues/organizational behavior, professional development issues, intern progress, assessment and treatment issues, discussion of clinical cases (or case presentations when scheduled), training opportunities, and cultural and individual differences and diversity issues.
Group supervision provides an opportunity for interns to present clinical cases and to discuss various clinical concerns that may arise throughout the internship year. Feedback from supervisors and peers is an integral part of group supervision, as all interns participate in this weekly group activity. During the training year interns are required to present two formal case presentations and one formal topic presentation. Formal case presentations are expected to demonstrate competency in the application of relevant research literature to clinical decision making in assessment or intervention, including empirically supported treatments, where applicable. Formal topic presentations are expected to demonstrate competency in critical evaluation and dissemination of research or other scholarly activity in an area of the intern's choosing.