Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology


The Adult Track

The Tulane University School of Medicine internship in adult psychology has been an integral part of the training program since its initiation in 1984. The training program offers a broad range of experiences throughout the year to two well-qualified applicants.

General Training Model

Each of the two Adult Track interns will spend 2 days per week for the training year at the Tulane University Counseling and Psychological Services Center. This rotation provides a broad range of experiences, described under “Clinical Experiences and Training Opportunities."

Depending upon the intern’s area of concentration, an additional training focus is provided.  The Forensic rotation at the Forensic Aftercare Clinic allows the intern to conduct assessments and interventions with adults who have mental illness or co-occurring disorders and who are involved with the criminal justice system.  Numerous other training experiences are provided at this location, described under “Clinical Experiences and Training Opportunities."

The Behavioral Medicine concentration provides a rotation at the Tulane Medical Center Hospital and Clinic, with the majority of time being spent at the Tulane Cancer Center. This rotation allows for training with medically ill adults who have been diagnosed with various forms of cancer. Specific training opportunities are described under “Clinical Experiences and Training Opportunities."

Training Goals: Adult Track

To prepare the intern to become a competent and thorough psychodiagnostician across the full range of adult psychopathology.

To enable the psychology intern to become a valued member of a multidisciplinary treatment team.

To train the psychology intern to become a competent psychotherapist. This includes providing appropriate assessment, accurate psychological/psychiatric diagnosis, a plan of intervention including realistic and obtainable goals, and skilled individual and group psychotherapy.

To train the psychology intern to provide effective consultation to other professionals, and to educate them about psychological methods and principles.

To ensure that interns maintain professional conduct with patients, colleagues, peers, and supervisors and to demonstrate that they obtain adequate knowledge of ethical principles and State law.

To engender sensitivity to cultural and individual diversity of patients, colleagues, peers, and supervisors, and to provide culturally sensitive and responsive care.

To ensure that interns become proficient in documentation in all settings as required by accrediting agencies.

Faculty supervisors facilitate and monitor interns' acquisition of knowledge and skills through the following methods:

  • Individual supervision at least once weekly at each training site; supervision addresses patients' normal and abnormal behaviors and appropriate treatment for difficulties faced by them and their families.
  • Attendance at psychiatry grand rounds, research conferences and seminars; such participation facilitates learning about pertinent theory, evaluation, treatment, clinical practice, and research issues in psychology and psychiatry.
  • Direct observation of interns' evaluation and treatment sessions with patients (at all rotation sites); this provides the opportunity for immediate supervision on issues of evaluation, therapy content, and process, and triage, as necessary.

Some websites within the Tulane Health Sciences Center that might be of interest to individuals seeking the Adult Track Internship are:

Tulane Cancer Center

Tulane Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Tulane  Forensic Psychiatry

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000