Our internship program — designed on the practitioner-scholar model — gives you a smooth transition from doctoral study to your chosen career.

Our program embodies a developmental perspective on serious mental illness and its early identification.


Our program provides in-depth clinical training in:

  • what constitutes the prodromal indicators of serious mental illness in children and adolescents
  • exposure to patients and their families who are experiencing early and first episode psychosis
  • understanding the long duration of serious mental illness and its social consequences

You evaluate and treat youth and adults, and provide services to groups and/or families. 

Additionally, you gain expertise in individual psychotherapy throughout the life span, neuropsychology, health psychology, substance use intervention, forensic issues, inpatient and outpatient assessment and treatment, as well as family and group psychotherapy.

Program supervision takes in numerous theoretical orientations, including cognitive, behavioral and psychodynamic.

Core Competencies

In order to help you to enter the field well prepared, our internship program is dedicated to developing the following core competencies:

  • Individual and cultural diversity
  • Ethical and legal standards
  • Professional values and attitudes
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills
  • Supervision
  • Research
  • Assessment
  • Intervention


Our interns have year-long responsibilities in the Children’s Psychiatry Clinic, the NAVIGATE program and Erie County Medical Center’s psychiatric inpatient program.

You are required to undertake three, four-month rotations, and at least two of these must be “core rotations.”

During each of these three rotation periods, you work closely with attending psychologists and/or psychiatrists who provide clinical and administrative supervision for the wide variety of clinical services and team activities performed at each rotation site. At least one of your rotations is on an inpatient unit.