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 experiences typical of their chosen practice setting, and augment existing skills in a cohesive and systematic manner. Across all tracks, the following broad objectives form the foundation of training experiences:
- 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.
- 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.
Additionally, individual goals and training objectives specific to the identified training track and practice setting will be identified early in the training year, and support around those goals and objectives will be provided.