Second, we believe it is important to balance broad-based, "generalist" training with in-depth training for interns who wish to specialize. Super-specialization at the internship level can be as professionally limiting as training that is so broad that interns lack an in-depth understanding about any specific topic. Therefore, we designed our program so that interns wishing to specialize can do so, but only while also participating in more general training experiences.
A third philosophical belief providing a foundation for the program is the value of working with a variety of client populations, including those frequently underserved by mental health professionals. We believe that interns must receive training experiences that prepare them for working with the increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse U.S. population; thus, being exposed to role models working with underserved populations is vitally important. Interns in the program work with faculty in providing services to a variety of typically underserved populations, including (but not limited to) crime victims, minorities, substance abusers, the poor, individuals from rural areas, and those with combined physical and mental health disorders.
Fourth, interns will be provided with training experiences that expose them to "cutting edge" aspects of the scientist-practitioner work in the 21st century. Several areas offer bright prospects for psychologists of the future, including behavioral and health psychology, neuropsychology, health services research, and development and evaluation of empirically-validated brief treatment procedures. How to survive and even prevail in a managed care environment is also a challenge for the future. It is our goal to provide interns with as much training as possible in these issues to better prepare them to succeed in the changing career world of psychology.
Finally, we believe that the best learning environment is one in which a student learns by doing while also having fun, and that good training is best accomplished in an atmosphere of mutual respect between faculty and interns. We attempt to create such a learning environment by treating interns as junior colleagues.