Psychology Internship Program Overview
The CPMC Psychology Internship Program is an integral part of the Department of Psychiatry of CPMC Sutter Health in San Francisco. CPMC Sutter Health is one of the largest private, not-for-profit, academic medical centers in California. Providing high quality affordable health care for all of CPMC’s patients is the hospital’s core mission. This includes providing behavioral health care services and benefits to the poor and underserved populations in the communities that we serve.
The mission of the CPMC Psychology Internship Program is to enable our interns to provide high quality mental health services in a compassionate and respectful environment that is both supported and stimulated by education and research. We serve a culturally diverse patient population in the City of San Francisco and we are committed to ensuring our training program fosters clinicians who are knowledgeable about and sensitive to cultural differences in the assessment and treatment of their patients.
Our training program is grounded in psychodynamic theory and the principles of the practitioner-scholar model and is also strongly influenced by the science of the medical model in the treatment of psychiatric disorders.
We aspire to provide our interns with an intensive training experience and expose them to a variety of treatment modalities while practicing in an urban medical setting. A cornerstone of our program is enabling our interns to successfully integrate theory acquired through scholarly inquiry and technique in their clinical work with patients.
We also value and strongly promote effective teamwork and regular integrated training with our medical colleagues in order to ensure that all aspects of the bio-psycho-social model are considered in the assessment, diagnosis, and case formulation of our patients. Psychology interns at CPMC train alongside advanced psychiatry residents, which provides opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in the comprehensive treatment of patients.
Finally, supervision is considered a foundation of our training program. Multiple supervisors are provided to each intern in order to foster an in-depth understanding of their patients and further the interns’ personal and professional growth.
The CPMC Internship Training Program has three goals that apply to all interns in the training program:
- Goal #1:
Professionalism and Relational Effectiveness – Interns will display a professional and ethical identity and will relate with individuals with whom they work in a manner that reflects the values and attitudes of a professional psychologist.
- Goal #2:
Scholarly Review and Application and Delivery of Services – Interns will demonstrate the ability to review scholarly literature and effectively integrate theory into the assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, and clinical treatment of their patients.
- Goal #3:
Science and Interdisciplinary Treatment Systems – Interns will demonstrate a respect for scientifically derived knowledge and treatment methods and will be able to effectively identify when interdisciplinary collaboration will benefit their patients and collaborate accordingly.