Goals and Objectives
The postdoctoral fellowship program is committed to providing comprehensive training experiences that facilitate a postdoctoral fellow's development as an independent health service psychologist. The general goals of the program are to provide fellows with experiences typical of their chosen practice settings. As the following relate to the track selected, fellows will have an opportunity to:
- Consolidate core health service psychology competencies including the attitudes, theoretical knowledge and applied skills necessary for work with a broad range of client issues and problems.
- Develop and/or enhance skills in behavioral healthcare including: (a) understanding differences between specialty mental healthcare and behavior healthcare, (b) fostering skills for interprofessional and collaborative practice, (c) using a biopsychosocial perspective to inform assessment and treatment planning, (d) adapting evidence-based interventions for the primary care setting, and (e) providing case management and referral services.
- Promote and integrate knowledge, awareness, appreciation, and skills for work with diverse populations, including self-examination and exploration of attitudes toward age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status differences.
- Consolidate knowledge, understanding and application of ethical principles and practices in clinical work, including knowledge of laws and regulations as well as the awareness of challenges, recent developments and trends in the field of psychology and its relationship to the larger healthcare system.
- Develop a professional identity as a health service psychologist, including the evolution of self-identity from student to professional and the ability to assume professional and personal responsibility for one's work.