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The Core Curriculum

 
The Core Training Program
The Core Curriculum
Psychological Testing Seminar
- This seminar gives interns training in the most up-do-date psychological testing instruments and validity data, as well as advanced clinical experience with test data. The seminar covers psychodiagnostic testing and neuropsychological testing, and focusses on the conjunction of the two in our patient population. The seminar is taught by June G. Wolf, Ph.D. and Bill Stone, Ph.D.

Psychotherapy and Psychopathology Seminar – The seminar meets for one and one half hours weekly with readings and discussion on a series of topics, as well as case presentations. Topics include basic change processes in therapy, the therapeutic relationship, and differing therapeutic approaches. The seminar is taught by Christopher Morse, PhD.

Clinical Psychology Conference - This weekly meeting provides an opportunity for the internship faculty and interns to meet and discuss programmatic issues, topics in ethics and professional development, issues of diversity, and clinical material.

Interns' Group - Interns get together weekly to provide mutual support and comradeship.

Other Didactic Activities
Interns take part in twice monthly MMHC Noon Conference, covering topics in substance use disorders, recovery, clinical case presentations, and MMHC investigators’ research.

Interns attend the twice monthly meetings of the Trauma Clinic which focus on theory and practice of trauma-informed treatment and case discussions.

Weekly Longwood Area Grand Rounds cover a variety of clinical, research, and theoretical issues in neuroscience, CBT and DBT, psychoanalysis, psychiatry, and psychology.

Interns may elect to attend psychopharmacology lecture series, Cognitive Behavior Therapy seminar, Dialectical Behavior Therapy seminar, or the advanced neuropsychology seminar.

Within the general structure provided by the interns' placements, there is some flexibility to arrange activities in accordance with individual training needs. However, most interns find this year quite demanding of time and effort, and must make choices among the many options for additional clinical, didactic, and research commitments.

Supervision
This internship has a long-standing commitment to intensive supervision by senior staff psychologists and psychiatrists. Each intern is assigned a Training Supervisor for guidance and general overview of his program. At least four other therapy supervisors are assigned as well as special supervision for group, couples, and family therapy. The intern will typically have one hour per week of testing supervision and six hours per week of therapy /administration supervision. The theoretical orientation of teaching and supervision is a mixture of psychodynamic, biological, and cognitive-behavioral. In all supervision, there is a strong emphasis on understanding the contemporary interpersonal and sociopolitical contexts in which patients' difficulties arise and must be treated.

Training in Psychological Assessment
Psychological Assessment is an important part of training at MMHC, and the contributions made by interns are valued. Psychology faculty practice and teach assessment and offer an annual assessment conference. Each trainee has weekly supervision, and the psychological testing seminar offers additional opportunity for presentation of cases and discussion of didactic material relating to research and to clinical use of psychological tests.

Interns receive an introduction to neuropsychological testing and some clinical experience is available if elected. Intensive training in neuropsychology is offered in two postdoctoral positions.