Program Philosophy

Program Aim:

The Idaho Psychology Internship Consortium’s (ID-PIC) mission is to prepare and retain psychologists to provide culturally competent collaborative health care for Idaho’s diverse population. The Idaho Psychology Internship Consortium (ID-PIC) represents the collaborative effort of multiple Idaho agencies to share resources and faculty for the purpose of providing a diversified educational program for doctoral psychology interns. The consortium is designed to provide generalist training to prepare interns to meet the unique challenges of practicing psychology in rural areas and to ensure clinical competency in working with Idaho’s various cultural groups.

Profession Wide Competencies and Learning Elements

Overarching Goals: The Idaho Psychology Internship Consortium (ID-PIC) represents the collaborative effort of three Idahoan state agencies and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, WICHE, to share resources and faculty for the purpose of providing a broad and general educational program for psychology interns.

Our program offers one year, full-time internship positions at agencies across Idaho. It is expected that by the conclusion of the internship year, interns will have achieved intermediate to advanced competence in APA’s nine Profession Wide Competencies and associated Learning Elements. For a comprehensive list of all required Learning Elements, please see the ID-PIC Intern Evaluation. The following represents a list of all required competencies and a general summary of associated learning elements:

Competency 1: Interns will achieve competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the area of Research.
Learning Elements related to this competency include the following:

  • Demonstrates the substantially independent ability to critically evaluate and disseminate research or other scholarly activities (e.g., case conference, presentation, publications) at the local (including the host institution), regional, or national level.
  • Application of scientific knowledge to practice

Competency 2: Interns will achieve competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the area of Ethical and Legal Standards.
Learning Elements related to this competency include the following:

  • Be knowledgeable of, demonstrate and act in accordance with each of the following:
  • the current version of the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct;
  • Relevant laws, regulations, rules, and policies governing health service psychology at the organizational, local, state, regional, and federal levels; and
  • Relevant professional standards and guidelines.
  • Recognize ethical dilemmas as they arise, and apply ethical decision-making processes in order to resolve the dilemmas.
  • Conduct self in an ethical manner in all professional activities.
  • Consult actively with supervisor to act upon ethical and legal aspects of practice.

Competency 3: Interns will achieve competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the area of Individual and Cultural Diversity.
Learning Elements related to this competency include the following:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how their own personal/cultural history, attitudes, and biases may affect how they understand and interact with people different from themselves
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the current theoretical and empirical knowledge base as it relates to addressing diversity in all professional activities including research, training, supervision/consultation, and service.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate awareness and knowledge of individual and cultural differences in the conduct of professional roles (e.g., research, services, and other professional activities). This includes the ability to apply a framework for working effectively with areas of individual and cultural diversity not previously encountered over the course of their careers. Also included is the ability to work effectively with individuals whose group membership, demographic characteristics, or worldviews create conflict with their own.
  • Demonstrate the ability to independently apply their knowledge and approach in working effectively with the range of diverse individuals and groups encountered during internship.
  • Initiate supervision regularly about diversity issues and integrate feedback into practice.

Competency 4: Interns will achieve competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the area of Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors.
Learning Elements related to this competency include the following:

  • Behave in ways that reflect the values and attitudes of psychology, including integrity, deportment, professional identity, accountability, lifelong learning, and concern for the welfare of others
  • Engage in self-reflection regarding one’s personal and professional functioning; engage in activities to maintain and improve performance, well-being, and professional effectiveness.
  • Actively seek and demonstrate openness and responsiveness to feedback and supervision.
  • Respond professionally in increasingly complex situations with a greater degree of independence as they progress across levels of training.
  • Accept responsibility for meeting deadlines, completing required documentation promptly and accurately as well as reliable attendance at expected internship activities. 

Competency 5: Interns will achieve competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the area of Communication and Interpersonal Skills.
Learning Elements related to this competency include the following:

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of individuals, including colleagues, communities, organizations, supervisors, supervisees, and those receiving professional services.
  • Produce and comprehend oral, nonverbal, and written communications that are informative and well-integrated; demonstrate a thorough grasp of professional language and concepts.
  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills and the ability to manage difficult communication well.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and comfort with the technological systems necessary to provide distance delivery.
  • Engage in social media activities in a manner that maintains professionalism and respect.
  • Demonstrate timely responsiveness in communication (e.g. email, text, etc.)

Competency 6: Interns will achieve competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the area of Assessment.
Learning Elements related to this competency include the following:

  • Select and apply assessment methods (including administration and scoring) that draw from the best available empirical literature and that reflect the science of measurement and psychometrics; collect relevant data using multiple sources and methods appropriate to the identified goals and questions of the assessment as well as relevant diversity characteristics of the service recipient.
  • Interpret assessment results, following current research and professional standards and guidelines, to inform case conceptualization, classification, and recommendations, while guarding against decision-making biases, distinguishing the aspects of assessment that are subjective from those that are objective.
  • Communicate orally and in written documents the findings and implications of the assessment in an accurate and effective manner sensitive to a range of audiences.
  • Articulate relevant developmental features, clinical symptoms, and cultural factors as applied to presenting questions and findings.

Competency 7: Interns will achieve competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the area of Intervention
Learning Elements related to this competency include the following:

  • Demonstrate effective case conceptualization and treatment planning.
  • Implement therapeutic interventions informed by the current scientific research/evidence base.
  • Demonstrate effective crisis intervention.
  • Apply therapeutic skills and maintain effective alliance with recipients of psychological services. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate intervention effectiveness and adapt intervention goals.

Competency 8: Interns will achieve competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the area of Supervision.
Learning Elements related to this competency include the following:

  • Apply supervision knowledge in direct or simulated practice with psychology trainees, or other health professionals. 
  • Demonstrate understanding of roles and responsibilities of the supervisor and supervisee in the supervision process.
  • Collaborate with supervisor and provides feedback regarding supervisory process.
  • Seek supervision to improve performance, presenting work for feedback, and integrating feedback into performance.
  • Provide feedback to peers regarding peers' clinical work in context of group supervision or case conference.

Competency 9: Interns will achieve competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the area of Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills.
Learning Elements related to this competency include the following:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and respect for and engagement with the roles and perspectives of other professions.
  • Apply this knowledge in direct or simulated consultation with individuals and their families, other health care professionals, interprofessional groups, or systems related to health and behavior.