Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology

Professional Competencies and their Evaluation

Interns are evaluated in their attainment of nine profession-wide competencies as well as competencies specific to the internship training program currently organized into four domains, consistent with our aims.

Domain A. Assessment of Professional Comportment, Ethics, and Legal Matters

Practice within the scope of ethical and legal guidelines and in accordance with professional standards in all proefssional services and activities.

1. Professional Values and Attitudes
2. Ethical and Legal Competencies
3. Individual and Cultural Diversity

Domain B. Assessment of Psychological Knowledge and Scholarship

Effective production and use of research and psychological knowledge in professional activities.

4. Research and Evaluation

Domain C. Assessment of Client Care Skills/Competencies

Competently engages in a range of assessment and intervention activities for a diverse population that integrates science and practice and is culturally sensitive.

5. Working Alliance(A program-specific competency item.)
6. Assessment
7. Intervention
8. Supervision

Domain D. Assessment of Systems-Based Practices

Effective practice within a complex sytem or organization.

9. Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisceplinary Skills
10. Communication and Interpersonal Skills

These competencies are detailed in written materials available by contacting the program.

Varied sources of information are used to determine the degree to which the internship training objectives are being met. Among the possible sources is feedback from supervsiing psychologists and other agency supervisors and contributors to the training program, clerical and administrative support staff, colleagues within the Student Health Service and the Division of Student Affairs, direct observation (either live or electronic) of the intern engaging in professional activities, formal uniform assessment of clincial skills, and feedback from recipients of professional services. Requests to complete rating forms provided by academic programs are handled on a case by case basis.

Supervisors provide regular oral feedback and scheduled written feedback to trainees. Interns are formally provided wtih feedback and evaluation according to the schedule below.

Type of Evaluation
Supervisor Responsible
Progress Evaluation (Formative)
5 months


Performance Evaluation (Summative)

10 months


Interim Evaluation (Formative)

If need, as needed


Certification of Internship Completion (Summative)

12 months

Training Director

    There is an opportunity and set of written procedures for appealing written evaluations and, if succesfully appealed, modifying the written evaluation.

    At each point of formal evaluation, using information from the diverse sources identified above, the responsible primary supervisor provides an overall rating for each competency using these rating benchmarks. A rating of 3 is required to meet the minimum competency standard for completing the internship.




    performance is below expectations or problematic, requiring more time and increased support



    inconsistently meets expectations, requiring more time and continued support



    consistently meets expectations, producing quality work



    consistently surpasses expectations, producing high quality work

      Criteria for Successfully Completing the Doctoral Internship

      Competent performance (rating of 3) is required in the ten competencies measured in order to successfully complete the internship. To satisfy the requirements of the internship, interns must have met the minimum competency standards at the time of the Performance Evaluation and continue to meet performance standards to the completion of the internship year. Interns who successfully complete the internship are awarded a certificate of completion.