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ERIC Number: EJ1231514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-948X
Psychology Internship as Partnership: Four Perspectives
Stiles-Smith, Benita; Isler, Nadine; Kennedy, Barbara; Beckett, Jenni
Psychology Teaching Review, v25 n2 p18-29 2019
Internships for psychologists are intended to provide grounding and training for practice in the field. We posit that this, though certainly bringing focused attention to content and competencies, is best completed within collaborative working relationships intentionally nurtured between educational and practice settings on behalf of the intern to greater degrees than are normally present in most internships. This article brings views from four perspectives: Those of the University Programme Co-ordinator in overview, the Intern Psychologist, the Psychologist Site Supervisor, and the Psychologist University Supervisor. Using a mountaineering metaphor, we present a chronicle of the experience, useful learnings, and practical recommendations. The four authors worked together through the internship year, with the intern working in an on-campus student health centre. Internship detail of this setting is provided to anchor the narrative, but the learnings generalise across internship settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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