Clinical Psychology Externships

Adler Community Health Services

Psy.D. Externships: Assessment, Therapy, and Advanced Therapy

The primary goal of this externship program is to provide externs with the experience and supervision necessary to begin to master the assessment and intervention competencies and prepare them for future levels of training (i.e., assessment practicum, therapy practicum, advanced practicum).

Training Model

Professional psychology has been defined by Adler University faculty as the application of psychological knowledge and skills to forward the improvement of the human condition in the broadest sense with an emphasis on the direct delivery of professional services, including the design, implementation, and evaluation of assessment and change strategies as they are applied to individuals, families, groups, couples and organizations.

The externship program uses the scholar-practitioner model of training, as articulated by the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (NCSPP) as the base for its training program. The externship has four goals with attendant objectives and competencies.

Training Model Goals (achievement of goals are measured across three domains: knowledge, skills, and attitude)

  • Goal One: Appropriate trainee-level development within the relationship competency across all professional activities
  • Goal Two: Appropriate trainee-level competence in the delivery of clinical services
    • Objective One:  beginner to advanced trainee-level knowledge of and skill in psychological assessment/testing
    • Objective Two: beginner to advanced trainee- level knowledge of and skill in psychotherapy (individual, couple, family, and group)
  • Goal Three: Appropriate trainee-level competence in the delivery of other professional psychological services
    • Objective One: knowledge of and skill in education/consultation
    • Objective Two: entry level knowledge of and skill in research/evaluation
  • Goal Four: Development of a professional critical thinking attitude
    • Objective One:  Knowledge of and sensitivity to human diversity issues
    • Objective Two: Knowledge of and skill in socially responsible practice
    • Objective Three: Basic knowledge of major psychological theoretical orientations with a focus on Adlerian theory

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the externship, externs, therefore, are expected to demonstrate the following:

  • Appropriate trainee-level competence in the areas of relationship, assessment, intervention, and consultation/education;
  • An understanding of the importance of disciplined inquiry and the use of the local clinical scientist model in providing clinical services;
  • An appreciation of and respect for the role of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion, age, and other aspects of individual and cultural diversity in providing services and working with individuals;
  • A basic understanding of the major psychological theoretical orientations including key concepts of Adlerian theory and practice;
  • A sensitivity to the importance of extra-psychic context/environment that may contribute to the overall health of an individual;
  • Individual responsibility, cooperation, and collaboration in working with others and a commitment to contributing to the greater good of the community;
  • A commitment to the highest standards of professional ethics, lifelong learning, and professional development.