The core of the internship is supervised clinical experience that challenges the intern to expand his/her conceptual and practical skills in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological and behavioral disorders. Each intern is matched with a primary mentor, who serves as the principal track-specific advisor overseeing the intern's program and progress. Additionally, each intern is assigned two primary supervisors for his/her outpatient cases. Further, each intern receives supervision from directors of the rotations that s/he has selected. Supervision is done primarily on an individual basis, with a licensed clinical psychologist on faculty, although some supervision is also conducted in group format and through seminars and case conferences. Close attention is paid to balancing the intern's core training goals, their rotation demands, their psychotherapy caseload, and their supervision needs. Interns typically receive two hours of weekly outpatient psychotherapy supervision and at least one hour of rotation based supervision each week, per rotation. For most rotations, group supervision also occurs and often involves trainees at different levels including psychiatry residents, child fellows, psychology externs and postdoctoral fellows.
Our internship strongly recognizes the importance of both breadth and depth in the training of clinical psychologists. As part of their outpatient psychotherapy experience, interns will see 8 to 10 cases per week for individual and/or family therapy. In this capacity, they are expected to provide a minimum of 360 hours of direct service (diagnostic assessment and treatment) in the outpatient clinics by the end of the training year. Additionally, this number represents adequate direct clinical service to meet licensure requirements in the state of Illinois. Interns obtain further clinical experience and supervision through their choice of rotations, broadening and deepening their expertise.