Psychology Internship Program
The Community Counseling Center (CCC) of Mercer County Pennsylvania began offering post-practicum, doctoral level internships in 2004. CCC is well-established within the community and is committed to providing high-quality training to doctoral interns desiring experience with a community mental health population in a semi-rural setting. The training philosophy is one based on the Scholar-Practitioner model. Our doctoral internship promotes the acquisition of skills necessary to provide competent psychological assessment, consultation, supervision, and intervention. Through a combination of supervised clinical experience and didactic training, our interns are prepared to function as an entry-level professional psychology resident in a health care, community mental health, or private practice setting.
Community Counseling Center utilizes the Scholar-Practitioner Model of training. Our training is built on the premise that in order to provide competent psychological services one must remain cognizant of the current research available in the field. Therefore, psychological interventions are informed by research and through an awareness and sensitivity for diversity. Supervision, didactic trainings, and utilization of a variety of treatment modalities encourage the interns to continue their educational development through scholarly inquiry, and serve to prepare them to function as an entry-level professional psychologist in a number of health care settings. Moreover, a developmental approach is taken with regard to intern performance, as the trainees are expected to become increasingly autonomous in their clinical work as the year progresses. Close clinical supervision of the intern’s intensive experiential training includes two licensed psychologist supervisors maintain weekly contact, either via telephone, or in person, in order to discuss matters related to the interns, or the internship program. In addition, quarterly clinical meetings for all faculty and staff involved in the doctoral training program are held. The training model is emphasized by three key areas: clinical contact, training diversity, and opportunities for specialized practice.