Program Philosophy

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Our multidisciplinary staff at Psychological and Counseling Services (PACS) at the University of New Hampshire is strongly committed to training. We value the energy, passion and innovation that our interns and post-doctoral fellows bring to PACS and to the University. We seek to advance the professional growth of those who elect to train here in order to help prepare highly responsible, ethical, and competent entry-level health service providers in psychology. We are committed to continual professional and personal learning in a collaborative environment that respects the contributions of all to our organization. As our training program is imbedded within a counseling center in a university setting the training experiences offered here are multi-faceted.

Our training programs focus on the practice of our profession within the context of direct clinical care, outreach, and consultation. We recognize that good professional practice is possible only when science and practice are well integrated. As such, we as clinicians and supervisors draw upon our knowledge of research, scholarly work, and theory as well as our own creativity and ability to foster strong relationships with those in training and with our university constituents.

Infused throughout our training programs is a deep respect for diversity and individual differences, which is consistent with the principles and ethical codes of our professions. We fully support the training of psychologists who are competent to serve all members of the public and endorse the principles outlined in Preparing Professional Psychologists to Serve a Diverse Public (APA, 2013) as they are an essential component of our profession. Thus, in accordance with our mission to serve the university as a whole, it is expected that interns will be open and affirming of this vital area of competent and effective practice.