Didactic Training

Didactic programming is planned to support the development of required competencies, as well as address  but also upon current issues in the field, emerging demands in the practice of psychology, and professional development. Interns are required to participate in two hours of didactics per week. Didactic training opportunities arewill be provided both on-site and in the community. Interns are given a calendar of scheduled didactic trainings at the start of the training year.


Examples of community training events will include:

·        Prairie St. Johns, Psychiatric and Addiction Facility training and presentation events.

o   These are mental health professional trainings offered for professionals interested in mental health. These are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 12.00-1.00PM.

·        North Dakota Psychological Association, Spring and Fall conferences.

o   These include workshops in mental health. Two conventions are held per year.


Internal didactic presentations are scheduled weekly for two hours. Topics Didactic presentations provided internally, include:

·        APA Ethics Code

·        Ethical Considerations in Practice

·        Cultural Competency

·        Conducting a Thorough Mental Status Examination

·        Conducting and Documenting Diagnostic Assessments

·        Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP)

·        Writing Treatment Plans

·        Psychosocial Rehabilitation

·        Dialectical Behavior Therapy

·        Incredible Years Model

·        AD/HD: Assessment and Treatment

·        Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

·        Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy

·        Motivational Interviewing

·        Providing Clinical Supervision

·        Applied Behavior Analysis

·        Autism: Diagnosis and Treatment

·        Autism Diagnostic Observation System (ADOS-2)

·        Behavioral Assessment and Intervention

·        Parent Training

·        Providing Effective Consultation

·        DC: 0-5 Assessment

·        Compassion Fatigue and Self Care


The internship program values the input of Interns in the development of topics for didactic training and in the assessment of the quality and usefulness of these trainings. Interns are asked to complete the Didactic Training Evaluation Form following each didactic event. Results are considered in the planning of the didactic schedule for the next year.


Scholarly Research Review

A research review seminar is will be held on a monthly basis to review a research article. The research review seminar includes psychology doctoral practicum students and I interns. On rotating months, participants will  choose a research article of interest and critically review it. This article should come from a major journal, and be in the area of assessment, therapy, consultation, cultural competency or supervision. Interns are expected to  should develop a formal summary of this review and present this at the research seminar. The seminar is held on the third Friday of each month.


Intern Presentations

In addition to receiving didactic training, it is important for Interns to be able to provide training to co-workers and other staff.  There are, therefore, two presentations that Interns are be responsible for preparing and delivering. These include:

a)      Towards the end of the training year, Interns present at a scheduled Didactic training on how the theory they espouse for behavior change (2-hour presentation).

b)     Interns also prepare and deliver a 2-hour presentation for staff at Solutions. The topic is can be chosen by the Intern, although is subject to approval by the supervisor. This presentation also occurs later on in the training year.