The Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) provides education and training in preparation for independent practice in professional psychology with specialization in working in medical settings. The Fellowship has three goals that apply to all fellows in the training program:
Goal #1: Professionalism and Relational Effectiveness
Fellows will display a professional and ethical identity, and will relate effectively and meaningfully with individuals with whom they work and in a manner that reflects the values and attitudes of a professional psychologist.
Objectives for Goal #1
- 1.1 Professionalism: The fellow’s behavior and comportment will consistently reflect the values and attitudes of the field of psychology and professional psychologists.
- 1.2 Individual and Cultural Diversity: The fellow will consistently demonstrate awareness, sensitivity, and skills in working with a diverse patient population who represent various racial, ethnic, and personal backgrounds and hold a variety of social identities.
- 1.3 Ethical Standards: The fellow will consistently demonstrate both knowledge and application of ethical concepts and legal issues as they pertain to the practice of psychology.
- 1.4 Reflective Self Practice: The fellow will practice with personal and professional self-awareness and reflection, awareness of competencies and areas for growth and with appropriate self-care.
- 1.5 Relational Effectiveness: The fellow will develop and maintain effective professional relationships with individuals, groups, and communities with whom they work.
Goal #2: Integration of Theory and Clinical Practice in Psychology
Fellows will demonstrate the ability to incorporate the scholarly body of knowledge in psychology including complex theories of mind as well as evidence based findings and effectively integrate these theories into their various professional activities including psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation.
Objectives for Goal #2
- 2.1 Scholarly Review: The fellow will demonstrate the ability to review scholarly literature and thoughtfully integrate this knowledge in the context of patient factors.
- 2.2 Assessment and Diagnosis: The fellow will demonstrate proficiency in the assessment and diagnosis of problems, capabilities, and issues associated with patients.
- 2.3 Delivery of Services: The fellow will effectively use interventions designed to alleviate suffering and to promote health and well-being of patients.
- 2.4 Supervision: The fellow will recognize the role and function of supervision and training in professional development.
- 2.5 Consultation: The fellow will demonstrate the ability to provide expert guidance or professional assistance in response to client’s needs or goals.
Goal #3: Science and Interdisciplinary Treatment Systems
The fellow will demonstrate a respect for scientifically derived knowledge and treatment methods and will be able to effectively identify when interdisciplinary collaboration will benefit their patients and to collaborate accordingly.
Objectives for Goal #3
- 3.1 Science: The fellow is able to understand and apply key elements of the scientific foundations of the field of psychology as it relates to clinical work.
- 3.2 Interdisciplinary Systems: The fellow will demonstrate knowledge of key issues and concepts in related disciplines and will demonstrate effectiveness in functioning in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts.