University of Vermont

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Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families

University of Vermont College of Medicine Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families Child Psychology Internship Program

The UVM Clinical Psychology Internship Program

Training Model

The UVM Clinical Psychology Internship Program (CPIP) is a pre-doctoral program for doctoral candidates in Clinical Psychology.  Following the scientist-practitioner training model, the CPIP provides advanced training in the application of evidence-based psychotherapies in diverse treatment settings. Interns are trained to provide family-based health promotion and treatment and culturally competent treatment to survivors of torture and international refugees.  

Training Settings

The CPIP uniquely integrates complementary training experiences at the Psychiatry Department’s Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families (VCCYF) and the Psychology Department’s Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center (BTPC).  

At the VCCYF, interns receive advanced training in the application of evidence-based interventions from the family perspective, directly addressing both child and parent emotional and behavioral strengths and difficulties.  In the framework of the Vermont Family Based Approach, interns apply health promotion, prevention, and intervention to help the well families remain well, prevent at-risk children from developing emotional and behavioral problems, and intervene comprehensively with children and families challenged by psychopathology. At the VCCYF, interns collaborate with professionals in psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing, and genetics.

At the BTPC, interns receive advanced training in culturally competent, evidence-based treatment of torture survivors and refugees from over 25 countries as part of the Connecting Cultures Specialty Service.  Interns also engage in multi-disciplinary services with social workers, teachers, lawyers, and refugee advocates. In addition to direct clinical services, the Connecting Cultures program offers outreach services, presentations and evaluation/research opportunities. Connecting Cultures is also a component of the New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT) program. 

Research Emphasis

While the CPIP emphasizes clinical training, research is strongly valued in the program.  Interns are offered protected research time, and are connected with leading researchers in both departments for research mentorship and professional guidance. 

Training Goals

  • To provide proficient and effective psychological intervention grounded in evidence-based principles.
  • To complete comprehensive psychological assessments and accessible assessment reports.
  • To incorporate research and theory in clinical practice.
  • To practice psychology from a culturally and ethnically sensitive framework.
  • To advance clinical research skills and scholarly inquiry.
  • To gain knowledge regarding theories and methods of supervision and gain direct experience providing supervision.
  • To gain knowledge regarding theories and methods of consultation and gain direct experience providing consultation.
  • To develop a thorough understanding of ethical practice in the context of professional psychology and to implement such practice.

Accreditation

The CPIP is accredited by the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation since November, 2012.  It is also a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), and participates in the APPIC Match program.  Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street NE, Washington DC 20002. Phone: (202)336-5979; Email: apaaccred@apa.org; Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation.

Applications Requirements and Procedures

We participate in the AAPIC Match Program. To apply, please complete the AAPIC online application by November 15, including a copy of your CV.

For questions about the application process, please email Kathleen Kennedy, Ph.D., Associate Director: kathleen.kennedy@uvm.edu.

Application requirements:

  1. Enrollment in an APA-approved Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program.
  2. Completion of required practicum training prior to start of internship
  3. Completion of coursework prior to start of internship.
  4. Passing of the comprehensive examination before the APPIC Match ranking deadline.
  5. Endorsement of the training program.

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