The Goodman Psychological Services Center's (GPSC) Doctoral in Clinical Psychology Internship Program has been evolving throughout the years and has made significant changes as it improves the depth and breadth of its training. The program requires the completion of 2,000 hours and grants Doctoral Interns with a greater level of autonomy and responsibility by fostering independent functioning as a practicing professional. The Internship program offers advanced graduate students in clinical psychology a range of experiences upon which to build their theoretical and applied clinical skills. These include opportunities to work with culturally diverse clients and provide psychotherapeutic interventions to improve the overall psychological well-being of a variety of mental conditions, which include but are not limited to the following conditions: depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, adjustment disorders, behavioral disorders, relationship and communication problems, parent-child issues, personality disorders, bereavement/grief issues, and others. Interns also have opportunities to conduct diagnostic evaluations and learn a variety of treatment approaches. Seminars and didactic trainings enhance developing skills while Interns simultaneously serve as mentors/supervisors to practicum students. Interns also provide consultation and demonstrate their ability to critically evaluate research and relevant literature in the field of psychology as they apply them to presentations and to treatment options.
Currently, the GPSC's Internship program has 6 full-time internship slots available each year. Full-time is defined as (40 to 44 hours per week) generating a total of 2,000 hours over a 12-month period. Interns complete their entire internship at the Goodman Center Clinic and participate weekly in 1-hour group supervision and 2-hour didactic seminars at the center. Group supervision is led by a licensed psychologist, and didactics are either led by psychologists or experts in the filed related to the topic. Albizu University provides didactic trainings throughout the year and all interns are welcomed to attend.
Since its inception, the GPSC's doctoral internship program had been exclusively reserved for Carlos Albizu University doctoral-level students who were interested in applying for a full time position. However, beginning for the class of 2017-2018, the internship program was no longer exclusively reserved for CAU students, but opened nationally to all graduate students who came from an APA accredited clinical psychology doctoral program.
GPSC is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and abides by its guidelines. The Goodman Center Internship program was granted “Eligibility Status” on 8/18/15 by the American Psychological Association's Commission on Accreditation (CoA). Eligibility status means that the internship program has made public notice of its intent to seek full accreditation in the next 2 years. At the present time, the program has been working diligently in the writing of its self-study and will be submitted to CoA by September 1, 2017. The self-study will then undergo an extensive review by CoA, who will then decide on a subsequent site visit. Once a site visit has been granted and completed, the internship program will then await response and feedback from CoA regarding the granting of accreditation.