The Core Seminar is the cornerstone of the formal curriculum within the Doctoral Internship in Clinical & Community Psychology. It serves as the central locus within the program for classroom-based learning and fosters a sense of community among fellows as they all gather for the seminar each week for 2½ hours on Tuesday afternoons. The most effective Yale educators and those most highly rated by previous students are invited to teach within this seminar. Fellows evaluate the seminar sessions weekly and the sessions are strengthened from year to year as part of a continuous quality improvement initiative. Though seminars are typically delivered in-person, in response to COVID-19, seminars may be delivered live via a virtual platform wherever necessary.
The Core Seminar is organized around the internship’s core competencies, so there are sessions on:
- Communication & Interpersonal Skills
- Individual & Cultural Diversity
- Professional values, Attitudes and Behavior
- Ethical and Legal Standards
- Consultation, Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary and Systems-Based Practice
- Research and Scholarship
Placement Based Seminars
The Core Seminar is complemented by seminars offered within the placements. These focus on the competencies essential for work with the specific populations and treatment approaches that are central to the placements. A description of these seminars can be found within the placement descriptions. Though seminars are typically delivered in-person, in response to COVID-19, seminars may be delivered live via a virtual platform wherever necessary.