The Internship Setting

  • Bernhard E. Blom
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


Each internship program is unique. The degree to which any internship can meet one’s training goals depends on the resources and opportunities available in the setting, and the degree to which these match one’s unmet training needs and goals. This chapter reviews various settings and their unique training resources and opportunities. First, the physical characteristics and functional aspects of health care settings will be presented. The “typical” features of inpatient, ambulatory care, and outpatient facilities, as well as the distinctive features of specialized care settings, will be delineated. Following these descriptions, 11 categories of clinical internships will be described.


Health Care Service Health Care Setting Internship Program Community Mental Health Center Training Opportunity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernhard E. Blom
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  1. 1.Psychology Service 116BVA Medical CenterNorth ChicagoUSA

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