Core Competencies


We are committed to providing the experiences and training necessary to help achieve the core competencies. Any areas of difficulty will be addressed, and interns will receive assistance to strengthen that area in a collaborative manner. The difficulty of clinical situations offered will gradually increase as the intern becomes more effective and autonomous.


  • Demonstrate effective clinical interviewing skills with children, adolescents and families
  • Demonstrate effective skills in assessing child functioning in family, school, hospital and peer-group systems using clinical interviewing techniques
  • Effectively obtain and integrate data from multiple sources and/or disciplines
  • Knowledgeable of DSM-IV for appropriate diagnostic assessment of psychopathology
  • Effectively select empirically-derived appropriate tests and measures to be used in assessment
  • Effectively administer standardized tests and measures
  • Effectively score standardized tests and measures
  • Understanding of theory applied to assessment
  • Effectively interpret the results of behavioral rating scales
  • Effectively interpret the results of cognitive and/or developmental assessment.
  • Appropriate use of research-supported assessment measures with children and adolescents of diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrates ability to conceptualize key clinical issues
  • Demonstrates accurate, organized and clearly written reports
  • Completes reports in a timely manner
  • Communicates findings to families and interdisciplinary team members in an effective manner

Completion Requirements

By the end of the training year, we expect that you will receive ratings from your supervisors indicating that you have achieved high-intermediate or advanced competency in at least 75% of the areas assessed. You are expected to have at least intermediate competency in all areas of training.


  • Effectively formulate and implement an intervention plan
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members to identify intervention goals when appropriate
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively collaborate with other disciplines in intervention efforts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of theory applied to intervention
  • Use evidence-based treatment strategies and intervention
  • Effectively monitor and adjust the intervention as needed
  • Effectively provide intervention with families of diverse backgrounds
  • Intervention strategies developed in collaboration with parents, children, and families that are viewed as reasonable and appropriate
  • Effectively provide parent and family education and training
  • Effectively use evidence-based interventions
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate treatment outcomes
  • Effectively establish and maintain relationships with children, adolescents, and families
  • Consultation
  • Able to effectively consult with professionals across multiple disciplines
  • Effectively clarify the referral issue
  • Effectively link hospital, family, and community systems
  • Effective in consulting with professionals from diverse backgrounds
  • Understand the pediatric medical setting and the many possible roles for psychologists
  • Communicate consultation results and recommendations in an effective manner
  • Demonstrate the ability to form effective consultative relationships

Professional Skills and Development

  • Seek and apply theoretical and research knowledge relevant to the practice of psychology
  • Provide effective supervision to practicum students
  • Ongoing commitment to expanding scientific knowledge base
  • Able to seek supervisor input as appropriate
  • Accept and integrate supervisory input in a professional manner
  • Work independently as appropriate
  • Well-developed understanding of ethical principles
  • Apply ethical principles in practice
  • Organize time effectively
  • Identify professional strengths and limitations
  • Develop effective relationships with professionals from multiple disciplines
  • Effectively deliver didactic presentations
  • Demonstrate ability to effectively communicate in group situations
  • Conceptual understanding of effectively preparing for psychology licensure
  • Effectively applies for fellowship/employment positions
  • Able to manage stress and competing demands
  • Understanding and appreciation for cultural and individual diversity

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