University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

The UVM Clinical Psychology Internship Program

Interns Jessica Clifton and Carly Baetz of the 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. The training foci of the CPIP are providing culturally competent treatment to survivors of torture and refugees, and providing family-based health promotion and treatment

Training Settings

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

At the BTPC, interns are offered advanced training in culturally competent evidence-based treatment to torture survivors and refugees from over 25 countries as part of the Connecting Cultures Specialty Services. 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.

At the VCCYF, interns are offered 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 on behalf of children and families challenged by psychopathology. At the VCCYF, interns collaborate with professionals in psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing, and genetics.

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

Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply!

Training Goals

1. To provide proficient and effective psychological intervention grounded in evidence-based principles.
2. To complete comprehensive psychological assessments and accessible assessment reports.
3. To incorporate research and theory in clinical practice.
4. To practice psychology from a culturally and ethnically sensitive framework.
5. To advance clinical research skills and scholarly inquiry.
6a. To gain knowledge regarding theories and methods of supervision and gain direct experience providing supervision
6b. To gain knowledge regarding theories and methods of consultation and gain direct experience providing consultation.
7. To develop a thorough understanding of ethical practice in the context of professional psychology and to implement such practice.


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:

Administrative Policies

Please see the CPIP Policies and Procedures Manual.

For More Information

For more information about the program, including application procedures, please contact Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, CPIP Associate Director.

Jessica Clifton Carly Baetz

Last modified November 09 2015 10:25 AM