The Pre-doctoral Internship at the PCOM Center for Brief Therapy
The internship in clinical psychology at the PCOM Center for Brief Therapy is a training
program for doctoral psychology interns based on the practitioner-scholar model of
professional psychology training and practice. The internship is exclusively affiliated
with the PsyD program in Clinical Psychology at PCOM. The internship at the Center
for Brief Therapy emphasizes the integration of science and practice, informed by
the local clinical scientist model, and an emphasis on cognitive behavioral practice.
The internship stresses foundational competency development and consolidation in the
areas of relationship, diversity, and applied ethics, and specific competency development
in knowledge, skills and attitudes involving assessment, diagnosis, case conceptualization,
treatment planning, intervention, consultation, supervision, and research and education.
Interns also represent the role of psychology while working within an interdisciplinary
team of health care professionals. The bulk of the internship is in the major rotation
at Center for Brief Therapy, with a minor rotation in an assigned neighborhood PCOM
Health Care Center. Our training curriculum strives to be relevant to the current
demands of practicing psychologists and the populations they serve. The activities
of the internship are designed to teach and develop professional competence through
education, modeling, experience and supervision. The internship emphasizes the provision
of service to culturally diverse communities, as well as the treatment of underserved
populations with significant health disparities. The internship strongly values cultural
competence and ethics. We strive for interns to employ scientific attitudes and analysis
to the work they do. Overall, we expect interns to hone a range of competencies which
are central to effective functioning as a professional psychologist, such that they
emerge from our internship program fully prepared to function as entry level professionals.
Click here for more information on the Pre-doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology at PCOM.
The PCOM Center for Brief Therapy is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral and
Psychology Internship Centers (APPIC) and uses the National Matching Service program
to select interns in the annual Match. Click here for more information on the Association of Psychology Post-doctoral and Pre-doctoral
Internship Centers (APPIC). The program received initial accreditation for the maximum of seven years by the
Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association in August 2014.
The next accreditation site visit will be held in 2021.
For general information about APA accreditation or specific information about the
accreditation status of the internship at the PCOM Center for Brief Therapy, please
Susan Zlotlow, PhD
Director, Office of Program Consultation & Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
The Center for Brief Therapy also serves as a site for PCOM masters and doctoral level
students completing practicum experiences in order to obtain training hours toward
degree completion and internship preparation.
For additional information about the training components of PCOM’s psychology programs,
please refer tthe specific psychology program in which you are interested.
Trainees have the opportunity to:
- Work in the Center for Brief Therapy and PCOM's healthcare centers
- Collaborate with PCOM medical faculty, physicians, and medical and allied health students
in the following primary care settings:
- Family Medicine
- Cambria Division
- Lancaster Division
- Roxborough Division
- Provide clinical and behavioral health interventions in consultative, individual,
and group settings
- Build skills using empirically supported and CBT focused treatments
- Complete psycho-educational and behavioral assessments
- Participate in intensive clinical supervision from our highly skilled clinical psychologists
- Interact with Psychology Department faculty to gain experience in teaching, writing,
- Provide services to the community through mental health outreach programs
- Conduct student support programs through CARES
- Supervise junior students in training
- Participate in clinical research
- Participate in individual and group supervision