Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data
Date Program Tables are updated: 7/21/21
|Internship Program Admissions
The doctoral internship in clinical psychology at Interact is designed to train future psychologists to perform a variety of roles in community mental health. The internship emphasizes direct clinical practice and the integration of science and practice as informed by the practitioner-scholar model. The program provides interns with a continuum of clinical training opportunities. Our training curriculum strives to be relevant to the current demands of practicing psychologists and the populations they serve. The activities of the internship are designed to teach and develop professional competence through didactic instruction, modeling, experience, case discussion, and supervision. The internship emphasizes the provision of service to culturally diverse communities, as well as the treatment of underserved populations.
The internship emphasizes the development of Advanced to Proficient level clinical skills through supervised clinical experiences in the application of theoretical and empirical psychological knowledge. The internship stresses foundational competency development and consolidation in the areas of relationship, diversity, and applied ethics, as well as specific competency development in knowledge, skills and attitudes involving assessment, diagnosis, case conceptualization, treatment planning, intervention, consultation, supervision, and research and education. The sequence of the program entails a “progression” that increases in complexity and skill level as the internship progresses. For example, early on didactics emphasize the fundamental implementation aspects of assessments; later, didactics focus on more complex issues and application of skills such as ethics and supervision.
Each intern is required to conduct individual and group therapy, administer assessment batteries, and conduct comprehensive biopsychosocial evaluations during the course of the internship year. Within the required clinical activities, interns are afforded the opportunity to tailor training to fit specific areas of interest; for example, if an intern expresses interest in assessment, he/she is encouraged to spend additional time engaging in that training activity within their schedule.
Interns are expected to complete 2000 psychological service hours over the course of internship year. At least 25% of the intern’s time should be spent in direct clinical service delivery via face-to-face intervention and assessment, but in practice they often spend upwards of 50% of their time in direct service. While an intern will gain experience in a multitude of areas, Interact is dedicated to helping interns gain experience in their own areas of interest to facilitate their training goals.
Interns receive 4 hours of supervision weekly. They attend 2 hours of face-to-face individual supervision with 2 doctoral-level psychologists on staff (one hour with each psychologist). Additionally, they attend 2 hours of group supervision with a doctoral-level staff psychologist. Interns also participate in an average of 2 hours of weekly didactic seminars on a variety of topics (see pages 141-145 within the Handbook). To foster competency in supervision, interns also have the opportunity to assist a doctoral-level psychologist with the supervision of doctoral practicum students. Interns participate in supervision and didactics on a broad range of professional activities including, but not limited to, evidence-based treatment protocols, assessments/psychological testing, intakes, diagnosis, supervision, etc.
|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||No||Yes||Amount 200*|
|Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours||No||Yes||Amount 200*|
|Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:|
*400 combined intervention and assessment hours
|Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*||Annual|
|Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns:||$22,500|
|Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns:||N/A|
|Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?||No|
|If access to medical insurance is provided…|
|Trainee contribution to cost required?||N/A|
|Coverage of family member(s) available?||N/A|
|Coverage of legally married partner available?||N/A|
|Coverage of domestic partner available?||N/A|
|Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)||10 PTO days (+10 agency holidays)|
|Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave||N/A (Sick Time is encompassed in PTO Days or Flex Time)|
|In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to
interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?
|Other Benefits (please describe)||N/A|
Initial Post-Internship Positions
(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)
|Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts||10 interns|
|Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree||0|
|Community mental health center||2||0|
|University counseling center||0||0|
|Veterans Affairs Health Care System||0||0|
|Health maintenance organization||0||0|
|Independent practice setting||6||0|