F. Training Seminars
Two categories of assessment/intervention training seminars are provided to address the application of psychological concepts and scientific knowledge principles and theories of service delivery. The first group consists of yearlong seminars that provide training in areas consistent with the program’s training emphasis or with knowledge and skills central to participation in a particular specialized training track. The second group focuses on didactic information related to specific presenting problems, professional, ethical and cultural and individual diversity issues. A professional development seminar is also offered.
i. Yearlong Assessment/Intervention Seminars
Consultation Liaison Seminar
The Consultation Liaison seminar (theoretical orientation-cognitive behavioral) focuses on the psychological aspects of different medical conditions, behavioral aspects of chronic illnesses, problems with disease management and psychiatric profiles that may result from or be exacerbated by medical conditions. The etiology, prognosis and course of treatment for different medical conditions are reviewed. The intern receives training in the evaluation, case management, and short-term treatment of the patient and the family. Interns are trained to address the psychological aspects of different medical conditions, to identify various coping styles and psychiatric profiles that may result from medical problems and to recognize how different comorbid conditions may affect treatment. The didactic component of this seminar is provided on a weekly basis the first two months of the internship year and includes clinical application to specific cases. The intern begins by shadowing the supervising psychologist on consults for different medical conditions and is subsequently shadowed by the supervisor. Supervision is provided on all consults through the end of the internship year.
ii. Yearlong Topic Specific Assessment/Intervention Seminar
This seminar focuses on didactic material related to specific presenting problems, professional, ethical and cultural and individual diversity issues. Topics covered include pervasive developmental disorders, neurodevelopmental conditions, palliative care, and psychopharmacology, among others. In addition cultural and individual diversity seminars, and ethics seminars, are also presented. Interns also contribute to the Topic Specific Assessment/Intervention Seminar by presenting.
iii. Professional Development Seminar
The Professional Development Seminar consists of presentations on professional issues including the preparation of a curriculum vitae, practice strategies in the managed care environment, program evaluation and supervision, benefits of active participation in supervision, discuss mid-year program evaluation form, and how cultural and individual diversity issues impact/are addressed in program evaluation and supervision, ethical dilemmas, adjustment to the new internship site, professional conduct, cultural issues, communication skills, working as a team member, the development of a curriculum vitae, fellowship application and professionalism.