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 focuses on the conjunction of the two in our patient population. The seminar is taught by Anthony Guiliano, Ph.D. and Bill Stone, Ph.D.

Psychotherapy and Psychopathology Seminar – The seminar meets for 1.5 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, Ph.D. and Samuel Roth, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychology Conference - This weekly meeting provides an opportunity for the internship faculty and interns to meet and discuss programmatic and/or clinical issues, and includes scheduled topics on risk management, law and ethics, professional development, and issues of diversity.

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


Other Didactic Activities

Interns take part in weekly MMHC Grand Rounds, covering topics including novel therapeutic approaches, new developments in the assessment and treatment of a range of severe mental illness, clinical case presentations, and MMHC investigators’ research.

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 attend the weekly meetings of the CEDAR Clinic (Center for Early Detection, Assessment, and Response to Risk), which focus on treatment and case discussions.

Track specific seminars include the psychopharmacology lecture series, Cognitive Behavior Therapy seminar, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy seminar for General Track trainees, the advanced neuropsychology seminar and case conference for Neuropsychology trainees, and a Group Psychotherapy seminar for PREP trainees. PREP also sponsors a monthly Early Psychosis Case Conference that is open to all.

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. 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, and cognitive-behavioral, including third wave CBT approaches. 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.