A Thank you, Farewell, and Best Wishes to Psychology Interns
By Dr. Niki Fitzgerald, Psychologist at CAMH
The psychology leadership would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the 12 2014-2015 APA-CPA psychology interns who are in the midst of wrapping up their internship year.
The psychology internship is one of the final steps taken before students complete their doctoral degrees. Competition for these 12 spots is stiff; 134 students applied for the upcoming academic year. As a result, the interns are an exceedingly skilled group who make a significant contribution to the rotations fortunate enough to have them.
Interns this year were involved in a variety of clinical and research activities including co-leading and in some cases developing treatment groups, providing individual treatment to a variety of client groups, conducting assessments, consulting with the community, and giving talks or presentations.
The interns during their last formal meeting as a class also spoke highly of their internship year highlighting such things as “having the opportunity to craft the internship experience they wanted,” and growing clinically and personally as a result of the rich and complex clients they worked with over the year, as well as the range of opportunities available at CAMH. For one intern, CAMH was the only accredited internship offered in North America that had both an adult Forensics Unit as well as a Gender Identity Clinic. Interns were also very complimentary about their supervisory experiences, praising their supervisors for their high level of expertise and support over the year.
The skill level of the graduating interns is clearly reflected in their next steps as they go off to pursue post-docs at Stanford, the Milwaukee V.A., and at CAMH. Others are moving into clinical roles in the community such as at Kinark Child and Family Service, various private practices, CAMH, as well as consulting roles.
The psychology leadership wishes to thank all those involved with the psychology internship program over the year and we wish the graduating class all the best in their future endeavors!