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Clinical Training

Clinical training competencies relate to the interns’ commitment to UH Behavioral Health Institute’s ongoing clinical training services to hospital staff and students, as well as service providers from the community. For the interns, these services include the planning and implementation of presentations and providing supplemental supervision of practicum students. Related objectives for this area of competence include:

  1. Demonstrating a willingness and initiative to facilitate an in-service training presentation for agency clinicians and trainees on a topic of expertise.
  2. Conducting presentations in an informed, organized, and professional manner.
  3. Adjusting the presentation to the needs and level of understanding of the audience.
  4. Establishing a positive working relationship with practicum students.
  5. Recognizing and addressing the developmental needs of the practicum student.
  6. Balancing support and challenge when providing guidance to practicum students.
  7. Advocating for practicum students in terms of assignments, assimilation into placement, and areas for growth.
  8. Meeting regularly with practicum students for supervision.
  9. Maintaining an available and approachable attitude towards practicum students.
  10. Identifying and addressing areas of strength and growth for the practicum student through ongoing feedback.
  11. Sharing areas of concern related to trainee supervision with the Director of Training and when appropriate other internship supervisors.
  12. Conducting oneself professionally and constructively as a member of the Intern Selection Committee, as well as in the process of selecting and interviewing practicum students.

The development of Clinical Training competencies is observed and measured through individual and group supervision on the planning of presentations, individual and group supervision on the supervision of practicum students, feedback from audience members of presentations, direct observation of presentations, and feedback from practicum students.

In addition to the aforementioned areas of competence, UH Behavioral Health Institute interns are expected to develop and maintain abilities related to critical thinking, quality communication, autonomy, and personal initiative. These abilities are seen as interfacing with each training goal and objective, rather than being isolated skills. Specifically, interns are expected to: produce quality written and verbal communications and reports, formulate logical inferences and hypotheses to guide work, evaluate their own thinking process, reflect before taking professional action, pursue relevant information in the literature, recognize personal capabilities for independent work versus the need for guidance, and take initiative on case assignments and special projects.


Testing: Inpatient at Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Outpatient at UH Behavioral Pediatrics Department of Psychiatry Outpatient Clinics

Brief Intervention/Integrated Care: Midtown

General Outpatient Therapy: Child/Adolescent & Adult

Didactics: Child/Adolescent/Adult & Grand Rounds

Group Experiences: Mood Disorders IOP and Transitional Age Youths

Research: Research, ethics and Institutional Review Board Elective