Competencies & Learning Elements

The mission of the Pittsburgh Psychology Internship Consortium (P-PIC) is to train doctoral interns dedicated to serving children and their families. P-PIC is designed to prepare interns for independent practice, in addition to meeting state requirements for certification as a school psychologist. Training prepares interns to provide high quality mental health services in the setting where 70% to 80% of children who receive mental health services access care (Rones & Hoagwood, 2000; Farmer et al., 2003). Experiences include the delivery of prevention programming, at-risk services and treatment for individuals with disabilities along with consultation to families and school personnel. P-PIC provides cross setting collaborations to expand exposure to a variety of interdisciplinary teams, clinical populations and underserved communities. Interns will receive training in the following competency areas:

1. Assessment

    • Selects and applies assessment methods that draw from the best available empirical literature

    • Collects relevant data using multiple sources and methods appropriate to the identified goals and questions of the assessment as well as relevant diversity characteristics of the client

    • Interprets assessment results, following current research and professional standards and guidelines, to inform case conceptualization, classification, and recommendations

    • Understands and determines special education eligibility

    • Communicates findings in an accurate and effective manner both orally and in written documents

    • Demonstrates current knowledge of diagnostic classification systems, functional and dysfunctional behaviors, including consideration of client strengths and psychopathology

    • Displays an understanding of human behavior within its context (e.g., family, social, societal and cultural)

    • Demonstrates the ability to apply the knowledge of functional and dysfunctional behaviors including context to the assessment and/or diagnostic process

2. Intervention

    • Establishes and maintains effective relationships with recipients of psychological services

    • Develops evidence-based intervention plans

    • Implements interventions informed by the current scientific literature, assessment findings, diversity characteristics, and contextual variables

    • Demonstrates the ability to apply the relevant research literature to clinical decision making

    • Modifies and adapts evidence-based approaches

    • Demonstrates ability to deliver prevention programs

    • Demonstrates ability to provide services and treatment to at-risk populations

    • Demonstrates ability to provide services and treatment to individuals with disabilities

    • Evaluates intervention effectiveness and adapts intervention goals and methods consistent with ongoing evaluation

3. Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills

    • Demonstrates knowledge and respect for the roles and perspectives of other professions

    • Applies knowledge about consultation in direct or simulated (e.g. role played) consultation

4. Ethical and Legal Standards

    • Demonstrates knowledge of and acts in accordance with the APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct

    • Demonstrates knowledge of and acts in accordance with all organizational, local, state, and federal laws, regulation, rules and policies relevant to health service psychologists

    • Demonstrates knowledge of and acts in accordance with all professional standards and guidelines

    • Recognizes ethical dilemmas as they arise and applies ethical decision-making processes in order to resolve them

    • Conducts self in an ethical manner in all professional activities

    • Demonstrates knowledge of federal and state regulations related to education (e.g. IDEIA; PA Mandated Reporter; PA Mental Health Procedures Act)

5. Individual and Cultural Diversity

    • Demonstrates an understanding of how one's own personal/cultural history, attitudes, and biases may affect how they understand and interact with people different from themselves

    • Demonstrates knowledge of the current theoretical and empirical knowledge base as it relates to diversity

    • Integrates knowledge of individual and cultural differences in the conduct of professional roles

    • Demonstrate the ability to independently apply their knowledge and approach in working effectively with the range of diverse individuals, student learners, and groups encountered during internship

    • Demonstrates the ability to work effectively with individuals whose group membership, demographic characteristics, or world views may differ from or conflict with their own

6. Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors

    • Behaves in ways that reflect the values and attitudes of psychology

    • Engages in self‐reflection regarding personal and professional functioning

    • Actively seeks and demonstrates openness and responsiveness to feedback and supervision

    • Responds professionally in increasingly complex situations with a greater degree of independence as he/she progresses across levels of training

7. Communications and Interpersonal Skills

    • Develops and maintains effective relationships with a wide range of individuals

    • Produces and comprehends oral, nonverbal, and written communications

    • Demonstrates a thorough grasp of professional language and concepts

    • Demonstrates effective interpersonal skills

8. Research

    • Demonstrates the substantially independent ability to critically evaluate research

    • Demonstrates the substantially independent ability to disseminate research or other scholarly activities via professional publication or presentation at the local, regional or national level

    • Demonstrates the ability to utilize research to inform clinical work

9. Supervision

    • Demonstrates knowledge of supervision models and practices

    • Applies knowledge of supervision in direct or simulated practice with psychology trainees or other health professionals

10. School Psychology Practice

    • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of federal regulations that govern practice within school settings, including the implications of IDEIA and ADA in schools

    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of state regulations the govern practice in school settings (e.g. PA Mandated Reporting of Abuse)