Train At Pine Rest | Psychology Predoctoral Internship

Expectations and Competencies

Expectations and competencies


The internship length is 12 months full time. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week, which includes time allotted for weekly training activities. Interns consistently tell us that they do, in fact, work 40 hours per week. (Because the internship is a full-time, immersive experience, “moonlighting” is not permitted.)


Specific training times include:

  • 2 hours individual supervision (carved out of clinicial placement time).
  • 2 hours Case Conference Seminar (carved out of clinicial placement time).
  • 2 hours Professional Development Seminar (Wednesday mornings).
  • 1 hour Case Conference with Training Director (Wednesday mornings).
  • 1 hour Group Supervision with Training Director (Wednesday mornings).
  • Plus other weekly training and committee meetings.

The internship at Pine Rest is designed to “meet interns where they are” with regard to professional development. Initial assessment of skills is followed by personalized goal setting, and then evaluation of those goals. Interns are expected to begin at an entry level of practice skill, then advance in competence throughout the year, with achievement of intermediate or advanced skill levels upon completion of internship. Internship programming facilitates this process of development through case conference and professional development seminars, in addition to the assignment of progressively more complex clinical cases. Interns are expected to achieve gradual movement toward the independent practice of psychology.

At orientation, initial intern skill level is assessed across a broad range of clinical and professional competencies.


Training Goals: The Practitioner-Scholar Model is the foundation from which our program competencies arise. The Pine Rest Internship is designed to train pre-doctoral interns to practice at a high clinical and professional level. We expect that graduates of the program will be professionals whose clinical practice is informed by the utilization of scientific research and the reflection that comes from a desire for integration. The goal is to develop interns from the level of student to independent practitioner. We utilize APA’s nine profession-wide competencies, as well as one program-specific competency: Spirituality.

1. Research

  • Seek scientific knowledge
  • Evaluate treatment outcomes
  • Present research to varied audiences
  • Participate in research for program development or organizational quality improvement


2. Ethical and Legal Standards

  • Apply knowledge of ethics and law
  • Manage and document patient care
  • Manage patient risk


3. Individual and Cultural Diversity

  • Exhibit knowledge of individual and cultural diversity
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to patient diversity issues
  • Demonstrate awareness of own cultural, ethnic, and faith values


4. Professional Values, Attitudes and Behavior

  • Use positive coping strategies
  • Manage time and administrative tasks
  • Exhibit integrity, accountability, and concern for the welfare of others


5. Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Develop and maintain patient rapport
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships
  • Communicate clearly and appropriately in written and oral form with patients, colleagues, and other health professionals


6. Assessment

  • Formulate diagnoses
  • Conceptualize cases
  • Select and administer assessments
  • Interpret assessment results


7. Intervention

  • Develop treatment goals
  • Use empirically supported treatments
  • Use counter-transference in therapy


8. Supervision

  • Seek and effectively use supervision
  • Provide group and individual supervision
  • Manage group project(s)


9. Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Consult collaterally across disciplines
  • Develop and manage referrals
  • Develop and deliver outreach presentations for multiple types of audiences and purposes


10. Spirituality

  • Demonstrate knowledge of faith integration theories and methods
  • Integrate faith issues in case conceptualization
  • Knowledge of religion and spiritual expression