The mission of the sponsoring agency, Nebraska Mental Health Centers, is to strive for excellence in meeting the dynamic behavioral health needs, in terms of assessment, diagnosis and treatment, of a diverse society while keeping abreast of the latest scientific discoveries in the field of psychology.
The overall aim of the NMHC-Psychology Internship Program (NMHC-PIP) is to provide an open and research informed learning environment in which to train competent, ethical and reflective psychologists who have acquired the awareness, knowledge and skills fundamental to the practice of professional psychology, and are able to work with children, adolescents and families across multiple settings. Knowledge and understanding of evidence-based practices is a key component of training throughout the internship experience. There is particular emphasis on developing the interns’ ability to develop clinically relevant and standardized assessment batteries, empirically informed diagnosis, and comprehensive recommendations. Additionally, fostering the belief that psychologists must be sensitive and responsive to cultural and ethnic diversity, training experiences are provided that enhance the interns’ understanding of the relevance of cultural factors in the psychological functioning of their clients.
A program expectation is that interns are capable of entry-level autonomous practice at the end of the training year, with this expectation achieved by concentrating training on the development of APA’s SoA’s profession-wide competencies. Based on these competencies and the science of psychology, the program integrates theory with practice, providing experiences that are sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity.