The UCLA Predoctoral Internship Program in Clinical Psychology has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1958. The internship is characterized by a wide variety of clinical activities, supervision by a multidisciplinary faculty who frequently are nationally known in their specialty, and a wide array of seminars, case conferences and other educational experiences. UCLA Medical Center was ranked among the top 3 hospitals in the United States.
The primary goal of the predoctoral internship training program is to provide a year of intensive exposure to a wide variety of clinical experiences. The training is designed to maximize the personal growth of each intern, and is not directed at specialization, although interns are expected to develop proficiency in an area of interest. At the beginning of the year, the trainee designs her/his program, both to supplement and complement previous development. We prefer that the intern train in areas he or she has not experienced or in areas less available elsewhere. Within the learning settings chosen by the trainee, every effort is made to teach the specific techniques necessary to gain competence. The great variety of resources makes both the individualized choice and the acquisition of skills possible.
It is deemed critical that the trainee's advisor guide the original choice of program so that the trainee does indeed have exposure to new experiences and is allowed sufficient intensity of experience. Since the exposure to, learning in, and thought about clinical experience is designated as the first priority, treatment, supervision, consultation, and assessment experiences also are given priority in the assignment of the trainee's time. Seminars, in turn, are geared to the clinical service. The integration of service and research is an important emphasis of the program but, in terms of time allocation, research has been given a lesser role.
The program now supports 14 interns in 10 unique tracks, including:
Child Tracks: 3 in the area of General Child, 1 in the area of Developmental Disability, 1 in the area of Pediatric Consultation Liaison, 1 in area of Adolescent Serious Mental Illness, 2 in the area of Pediatric Neuropsychology, and 1 in the area of Trauma, Stress and Resilience; Adult Tracks: 1 in the area of Geropsychology, 1 in the area of Health & Behavior, 1 in the area of Major Mental Illness, 2 in the area of Adult Neuropsychology.