Preinternship preparation of clinical and counseling students in psychological testing, psychotherapy, and supervision: Their readiness for medical school and nonmedical school internships

James M. Stedman, John P. Hatch, Lawrence S. Schoenfeld

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Abstract

Internship directors have been critical of students' preinternship preparation in test-based assessment and psychotherapy but have not, until recently, expressed their quantitative expectations for this training. Using data from the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers application form, this study investigated the quantitative statements of 96 counseling and 238 clinical students regarding their preinternship testing, psychotherapy, and supervision training, comparing findings to medical school and nonmedical school directors' quantitative expectations. Results generally demonstrated adequate psychotherapy training but suggested deficiencies in testing training, particularly as related to medical school directors' expectations. Counseling students received more training in individual therapy with adults but not in other forms of therapy. Clinical students produced more integrated test-based reports. Both groups received similar amounts of supervision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)267-271
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Volume9
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002

Keywords

  • Internship training in psychology
  • Psychological assessment training
  • Psychotherapy training
  • Supervision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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