Program goals, Objectives and Competencies

Goal 1: Develop intern’s ability to integrate clinical theory and practice in the application of knowledge, assessment and clinical skills in the practice of psychology.

Objective A: To Perform Proficient Psychological Assessment.

Competencies Expected:
1. Select appropriate assessment measures to answer diagnostic questions.
2. Select and use assessment instruments with appropriate norms and appropriate criterion reference standards to evaluate clients.
3. Recognize and properly address test limitations.
4. Administer and score instruments following current guidelines and procedures.
5. Apply knowledge of individual and cultural diversity in the assessment process and diagnosis.
6. Interpret and integrate results obtained from multiple sources (e.g. multiple assessments instruments, interviews, and collateral information) into a useful and accurate report.
7. Demonstrate successful initial and follow up interviewing skills with individuals, couples, and families in order to assess mental status.
8. Formulate clinical conceptualization, diagnoses, recommendations, and/or professional opinions using relevant criteria and considering all assessment data.
9. Demonstrate skills in formulating case diagnosis (DSM-guidelines), treatment plans, treatment recommendations, and intervention strategies.
10. Explain test results with clients, parents, couples, families, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary teams in clear and simple terms.
11. Conduct high quality forensic interviews to children and families who have suffered from psychological trauma as a result of child sexual abuse and domestic violence.

12. Perform child sexual abused allegations assessment reports.


Objective B: To provide proficient psychological interventions.

Competencies Expected:
1. Establish positive therapeutic rapport with patients/clients while maintaining appropriate professional boundaries.
2. Apply knowledge of evidence-based practice, including empirical bases of assessment, intervention, and other psychological applications, clinical expertise, and client preferences.
3. Formulate and conceptualize cases and plans interventions utilizing at least one consistent theoretical framework.
4. Interpret, evaluate, and integrate results of data collection activities within the context of scientific/professional knowledge to formulate and reformulate working hypotheses, conceptualizations, and recommendations.
5. Make differential diagnosis using the DSM-5 Manual.
6. Conduct psychological interventions according to conceptualizations, diagnosis, and treatment plans.
7. Provide a variety of modality interventions (e.g. individual, family, couples, and group) in a proficient way.
8. Demonstrate in supervision, case conferences, and class presentation and discussion, knowledge of and proficiency in a broad range of psychological interventions (e.g. CBT, psychodynamic model, systemic models, existential, narrative therapy, and integrative models, among others).
9. Implement psychological individual, group and family treatment plans to mitigate complex trauma in children and their families as a result of child sexual abuse and domestic violence.

10. Determine the best psychological- practice for treating sexually victimized children.


Objective C: To use scientific base to inform clinical practice & research.

Competencies Expected:
1. Select interventions for individuals, families, groups, community based organizations on an assessment and on available research evidence as well as contextual and cultural factors.
2. Apply interventions with individuals, families, groups, community based organizations on available research evidence and contextual factors.
3. Modify interventions based on knowledge of individual and cultural characteristics, situational and environmental variables, emerging information, outcome data, and current research.
4. Apply evidence-based criteria in selection and use of assessment methods (e.g. psychometric properties, and cost effectiveness relevance).
5. Independently seeks out and read scientific literature pertaining to cases at hand, and understands the implications of research for practice.
6. Demonstrate the ability to formulate questions deriving from clinical issues amenable to scientific exploration, and the ability to plan and implement research to address such questions (optional competency if involved in active research).
7. Administer baseline, progress and outcome scales to assess client’s clinical progress in psychotherapy.
Objective D: To provide Proficient Psychological Consultation.
Competencies Expected:
1. Communicate effectively and professionally with staff from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, demonstrated in consultative activities.
2. Understand questions and issues raised by non-psychologists and structure them so that they are amenable to psychological investigation, demonstrated in consultative activities.

3. Communicate psychological concepts effectively to non-psychologists, verbally and in writing, demonstrated in consultative activities.


Goal 2: To provide high quality services to culturally diverse population.

Objective A: Practice with sensitivity to individuals with a diverse cultural, ethnic/racial, sexual orientation and social context.

Competencies Expected:
1. Integrate and apply theory, research, professional guidelines, and personal understanding about social contexts to work effectively with diverse individuals, families, groups, and community-based organizations.
2. Communicate and work effectively with individuals, families, groups, community-based organizations from a diverse cultural, ethnic/racial and social context.
3. Demonstrate respect for others, including those with conflicting viewpoints.
4. Evaluate and apply knowledge of self as cultural being in assessment, treatment, and consultation.
5. Apply knowledge, sensitivity, and understanding regarding Individual and Cultural Diversity issues to work effectively with diverse others in assessment, treatment, and consultation.

6. Include socio cultural characteristics in written conceptualization of cases.


Goal 3: To foster intern’s sense of professional identity consistent with the highest standards of clinical practice.

Objective A: To maintain the highest ethical standards.

Competencies Expected:
1. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct, and the Puerto Rico Psychological Ethical Principles and other relevant standards and guidelines, laws, statutes, rules, and regulations.
2. Apply appropriate ethical decisions in clinical ethical dilemmas.
3. Integrate own moral principles/ethical values in professional conduct.
4. Demonstrate and promote values and behaviors commensurate with standards of practice, including ethics codes, law and regulations.
5. Identify complex ethical and legal issues, analyze them accurately and proactively address them.
6. Show adherence to professional values and accepts responsibilities for own actions in the development of professional identity.
7. Understand and safeguard the welfare of others.
8. Demonstrate personal and professional awareness of own strengths, limitations and areas of growth as a clinician.


Objective B: To develop the attitudes and skills needed to support lifelong learning.

Competencies Expected:
1. Negotiate differences and handles conflict satisfactorily; provides effective feedback to others and receive feedback non-defensively.
2. Communicate effectively and respectfully with individuals in multiple settings.
3. Work effectively on multidisciplinary teams.
4. Demonstrate appropriate and effective working relationships with peers and supervisors, manages differences openly, effectively and appropriately, and use support of peers and supervisors when needed.
5. Takes initiative in ensuring that key tasks are accomplished, completes documentation in a thorough and timely manner, and takes steps to enhance own learning.
6. Demonstrate responsibility and documentation skills with the clinical site and Internship Program.
7. Adhere to the policies and procedures of the agency.

8. Demonstrate responsible conduct with time management. It is on time in supervision meetings and at clinical site.


Goal 4: To develop intern’s capabilities in clinical supervision in accordance to the highest standards of clinical practice.

Objective A: To develop intern skills in practicum students’ clinical supervision.

Competencies Expected:
1. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the clinical supervision models.
2. Appropriately applies model during the supervision process.
3. Demonstrate knowledge and adheres to ethical conduct and professional values during the supervision process.
4. Able to identify and acknowledge cultural diversity during the supervision process.
5. Establish a safe and accepting sensible atmosphere during the supervision process.
6. Demonstrates the capacity to assess developing competencies in supervisee.
7. Ability to offer constructive feedback during the supervision process.
8. Integrates supervisor’s recommendations in the supervision process.


San Juan location
151 Calle Tanca San Juan, PR 00901
Phone: (787) 725-6500 Fax: (787) 721-7187
Miami location
2173 NW 99th Avenue Miami, Florida 33172 Phone: (305) 593-1223 Fax: (305) 592-7930
Centro Mayaguez
56 Calle José De Diego, Mayagüez, P.R. 00680 Phone: (787) 838-7272 Fax: (787) 721-7187
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Commission for Independent Education