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Pine Grove Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology

The Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services’ Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology (PG-DIPP) seeks to provide well-supervised and quality training experiences for pre-doctoral psychology interns in the practice of professional psychology from a practitioner-scholar model. PG-DIPP adopted and adapted the Competency Benchmarks (outlined below) that were developed and revised March 2012 by the American Psychological Association.

The Competency Benchmarks explicate what is expected of interns at PG-DIPP. Primary supervisors and the Director of Training complete periodic formal evaluations of each intern's performance based on these Competency Benchmarks. At the end of this section is a list of the minimum competencies and the requirements to pass the internship.

Competency Benchmarks

Foundational Competencies


  • Professional Values and Attitudes
    • Integrity
    • Deportment
    • Accountability
    • Concern for Welfare of Others
    • Professional Identity
  • Individual and Cultural Diversity
    • Self as Shaped by Individual and Cultural Diversity
    • Others as Shaped by Individual and Cultural Diversity
    • Interaction of Self and Others as Shaped by Individual and Cultural Diversity and Context
    • Applications based on Individual and Cultural Context
  • Ethical Legal Standards and Policy
    • Knowledge of Ethical, Legal and Professional Standards and Guidelines
    • Awareness and Application of Ethical Decision Making
    • Ethical Conduct
  • Reflective Practice/Self-Assessment/Self-Care
    • Reflective Practice
    • Self-Assessment
    • Self-Care
    • Participation in Supervision Process


  • Relationships
    • Interpersonal Relationships
    • Affective Skills
    • Expressive Skills


  • Scientific Knowledge and Methods
    • Scientific Mindedness
    • Scientific Foundation of Psychology
    • Scientific foundation of Professional Practice
  • Research Evaluation
    • Scientific Approach to Knowledge Generation
    • Application of Scientific Method to Practice

    Functional Competencies


  • Evidence-Based Practice
    • Knowledge and Application of Evidence-Based Practice
  • Assessment
    • Knowledge of Measurement and Psychometrics
    • Knowledge of Assessment Methods
    • Application of Assessment Methods
    • Diagnosis
    • Conceptualization and Recommendations
    • Communication of Assessment Findings
  • Intervention
    • Intervention Planning
    • Skills
    • Intervention Implementation
    • Progress Evaluation
  • Consultation
    • Role of Consultant
    • Addressing Referral Question
    • Communication of Consultation Findings
    • Application of Consultation Methods


  • Teaching
    • Knowledge
    • Skills
  • Supervision
    • Expectations and Roles
    • Processes and Procedures
    • Skills Development
    • Supervisory Practices


  • Interdisciplinary Systems
    • Knowledge of the Shared and Distinctive Contributions of Other Professions
    • Functioning in Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Contexts
    • Understands how Participation in Interdisciplinary Collaboration/ Consultation Enhances Outcomes
    • Respectful and Productive Relationships with Individuals from Other Professions
  • Management-Administration
    • Appraisal of Management and Leadership
    • Management
    • Administration
    • Leadership
  • Advocacy
    • Empowerment
    • Systems Change

    Minimum Competencies and Requirements to Complete the Internship:

    Interns must accumulate at least 2000 total work hours including a minimum of 500 hours of direct client contact during the internship year. While working, interns must demonstrate minimum competence on each of Competency Benchmarks listed above. To earn a Certificate of Completion for the PG-DIPP internship, interns must meet the hours requirements noted above, pass each of the two (2) training rotations, successfully complete a special project (consultation, outreach activity, or professional presentation) by June 15th of the internship year, and actively participate in didactic seminars and group supervision with the Director of Training. Passing a rotation is determined by the primary supervisor(s) for each rotation. Successful completion of the project is determined by the project supervisor(s) and active participation in seminars and group supervision is determined by the Director of Training (DT). Primary and project supervisors and the DT indicate acceptable performance by not giving any scores below 2 (“Moderately”) and stating the intern is “ready to move to the next level of training, or independent practice” (if applicable) on the final Competency Benchmarks evaluation forms for each rotation, the project and for the internship year.

    Psychology Internship Program

    Pine Grove has an excellent internship program that offers a wide range of training activities in our three rotations. We are able to offer interns opportunities for training in residential and outpatient settings working with adults, adolescents, and children. We are APA accredited as a single entity pre-doctoral psychology internship program under the name of Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology (PG-DIPP).

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