Four weekly educational conferences complement the clinical component of the internship.
Psychology intern seminar
A weekly didactic seminar is designed specifically for the interns. A sample of topics presented by faculty include:
- Integrated primary care
- The aging brain
- Substance abuse/addiction
- Conversion disorders
- Monthly cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) skills training
- Monthly motivational interviewing training
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) overview
- Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) overview
- Professional topics including salary negotiation
- Eating disorders
- Learning disorders and special education
- Cultural diversity in clinical practice
The faculty and interns meet weekly for a case conference in which interns and staff present and discuss challenging and interesting clinical cases.
Psychiatry grand rounds
Interns attend weekly psychiatry grand rounds, which include presentations by Geisinger faculty as well as outside speakers. Each intern makes a presentation at psychiatry grand rounds near the end of the internship year. Interns are also encouraged to attend conferences sponsored by other medical center departments.
Professional issues and ethics conference
Interns participate in a weekly conference with the director of training during which a variety of professional and ethical issues are discussed. Ethical principles and codes as well as practical and challenging ethical dilemmas faced by faculty and interns are reviewed. In addition, professional issues such as efforts to expand the scope of psychology practice, licensure, and employment options are reviewed during the conference