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Psychology Internship: Accreditation Information

The following information is provided in accordance with APA accreditation guidelines. See a printable PDF version of this information here.


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Psychology Internship Program Disclosures Tab Basic Content

Program Disclosures

As articulated in Standard I.B.2, programs may have “admission and employment policies that directly relate to affiliation or purpose” that may be faith-based or secular in nature. However, such policies and practices must be disclosed to the public. Therefore, programs are asked to respond to the following question.

Does the program or institution require students, trainees, and/or staff (faculty) to comply with specific policies or practices related to the institution’s affiliation or purpose? Such policies or practices may include, but are not limited to, admissions, hiring, retention policies, and/or requirements for completion that express mission and values.

Answer: No.

Psychology Internship Accreditation Admission Tab

Internship program admissions

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program's policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:

The Psychology Internship will select prospective interns who are doctoral students during the current academic year and are currently matriculated in APA-approved clinical, counseling or school psychology programs. Prospective interns must be in good standing and be cleared for internship training by the Director of Training of their respective doctoral clinical programs. Applicants must also have completed at least 250 intervention hours and 250 assessment hours prior to beginning internship.

Our program allows for the selection and placement in specific rotations. Each intern selects a major track (Adult or Pediatric [and Adolescents]) within the program. Within each track, each intern chooses 2-3 clinical rotations each semester in Evaluation & Diagnosis, Interventions & Treatment, or Consultation & Liaison that achieve the core competencies. In addition, each intern selects one or more research projects to participate in throughout the entire tenure in the internship program to satisfy the Research and Scientific Endeavors core requirement. Within these core requirements, horizontal competencies are satisfied in other areas across all core competencies including ethics, cultural/individual differences, supervision, etc.

Each intern spends a minimum of 40 percent of their time weekly providing face-to-face patient-client services in their clinical rotations. In addition to these rotations, formal didactics encompassing a minimum of 4 hours per week (Professional Development Seminar Series, rotation-specific seminars, Adult Didactics Seminar Series, Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Research Seminar Series, etc.), individual supervision (minimum of 2 hours a week of scheduled, face-to-face individual supervision with a licensed clinical psychologist), plus 2 additional hours of group or additional individual supervision (minimum of 1 hour of group supervision), case conferences, and other activities are provided that support and engender the individual development of each intern as a professional psychologist.

Throughout all training activities, evidence-based assessment (APA Presidential Task Force on Evidence-based Practice, 2006), intervention and consultation guided by available empirical data are emphasized while providing interns forums that lead to their growth and professional development in depth areas of their choice. The reciprocal and bidirectional relationship and application between research and ethical practice is examined and monitored through the content of general and specific didactic seminars, case conferences, and journal clubs, as well as group and individual supervision through the year of training.

Applications must have at least three letters of recommendation. Supplemental materials such as sample reports, etc. are welcome but not required. Also, when applying please indicate which track (pediatric or adult) you wish to pursue as well as indicate all areas of interest within your selected track from the available rotations.

Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many.

  • Total direct contact intervention hours:
    • Required: Yes
    • Amount: 250 hours
  • Total direct contact assessment hours:
    • Required: Yes
    • Amount: 250 hours

Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants: