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Program Structure

Across the training year, Guam-PIC interns complete two 6-month major rotations (about 20 to 24 hours per week) and two 6-month minor rotations (about 8 to 10 hours per week). Available rotations are Adults Services Division, Children and Adolescent Services, Drug and Alcohol Services (GBHWC – New Beginnings), and Guam – Department of Corrections. The primary training site for the Adult Services Division is the main facility in Tamuning. The primary training site for outpatient drug and alcohol services and outpatient children and adolescent services is the J&G Commercial Center in Hagatna. The primary training site for DOC is the Adult Correctional Facility in Mangilao.

Regardless of rotation, across the year, at least 25% (about 500 hours) of the interns’ time is spent in direct service delivery (e.g., delivering clinical interventions, conducting assessments). This equates to approximately 10 hours per week (for 52 weeks). To meet this requirement and account for paid time off, interns should aim to complete 15 hours of direct client contact per week.

Interns receive 2 hours of individual supervision and 2 hours of group supervision per week by licensed psychologists. Interns may also receive additional supervision. All sites subscribe to an informal “open door” policy, and interns are encouraged and welcomed to seek consultation and supervision as needed. Individual supervision focuses on direct client services and professional development. Group supervision focuses on case presentation, the provision of supervision, topic-focused discussion, intern-led didactics, and professional development. Interns participate in a monthly one-hour process group where interns are encouraged to support one another through shared experience, knowledge, and feedback. Interns also participate in a robust series of weekly two-hour didactic trainings focused on relevant and developmentally appropriate topics for advanced psychology trainees. Interns present four, 90-minute case presentations throughout the training year (either a therapy or assessment case). Interns participate in the Prevention and Training Branch of GBHWC by providing outreach and prevention to meet the needs of Guam’s rural and diverse population. Some of the prevention and outreach activities include psychoeducational workshops, committee work, mental health awareness month, screening days, and other activities. They also participate in intern cohesion activities (e.g., brown bag lunches, cultural retreats). Additional training opportunities may be offered throughout the year.