Internships for Students in the Clinical Psychology M.A. Program

 

Students who have completed the first year of the Clinical Psychology M.A. program in the Department of Psychological Science may begin an internship with the approval of the Internship Coordinator. If you have questions or need more information, or for permission to register for any of the internship courses, contact me.

 

All clinical students are required to complete six credit hours of PSYS 685 (Clinical Internship). Students wanting additional experience can complete one credit hour of PSYS 682 (Orientation to Professional Clinical Psychology) before taking PSYS 685 and three credit hours of PSYS 687 (Advanced Clinical Internship) after completing PSYS 685.

 

Please note: Students are often unable to complete the required internship hours within a given academic term. A grade of Incomplete will be reported until the requirements are finished. After you complete your hours and submit the necessary documentation, Ill change your grade. Please allow a few days for processing.

 

Supervision:

If you do not have supervision (group plus individual) at your site, it is your responsibility to arrange such with me, or you will not receive credit for your internship. The supervisor must be a counselor educator, licensed or certified master's or doctoral level therapist, psychologist, mental health counselor, clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, or clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric or mental health nursing.

1. Interns must receive a minimum number of hours of individual supervision with their supervisor. If you are taking this course during a 5-week term, you must receive at least 4 hours of individual supervision. If you are taking this course during one 16-week term (i.e., either fall or spring semester), you must receive at least 13 hours of individual supervision. If you are taking this course during two 16-week terms (i.e., fall and spring semesters), you must receive at least 26 hours of individual supervision. This number is approximately 1 hour of individual supervision per week. For the purposes of this requirement, individual supervision is defined as supervision with one intern and one supervisor.

2. Interns must receive a minimum number of hours of group supervision with their supervisor. If you are taking this course during a 5-week term, you must receive at least 6 hours of group supervision. If you are taking this course during one 16-week term (i.e., either fall or spring semester), you must receive at least 20 hours of group supervision. If you are taking this course during two 16-week terms (i.e., fall and spring semesters), you must receive at least 40 hours of group supervision. This number is approximately 1.5 hours of group supervision per week. For the purposes of this requirement, group supervision is defined as supervision with at least two and no more than 12 interns and a supervisor. If group supervision is not provided at the internship site, interns are required to meet with me at weekly scheduled times for group supervision offsite. Only those students who have received at least the minimum number of hours of documented group supervision at their internship site may elect to abstain from the weekly group supervision meetings with me. 

 

Timeline:

    Early January of your first year: Review site options and identify specific sites of interest.

    Early to mid-January: Check individual deadlines and application procedures for each site.

    Beginning of February to end of March: If letters of recommendation are requested, ask recommender(s) at least two weeks in advance if they are willing to write you a letter. Also, keep in mind that onsite interviews are often part of the application procedure.

    End of March: Have your internship site secured and provide me with the Training Agreement (there is a different form for each course: PSYS 682, PSYS 685, PSYS 687).

 

Course requirements for 682, 685, and 687:

    Read the syllabus.

    Submit the Training Agreement (see above section for download instructions) to me after securing an internship site and before beginning work. You need to submit a new sheet for each course even if you are continuing to work at the same site.

    Download the Time Log Sheet and begin tracking your hours weekly as soon as you start working. Submit this signed time log to me at the end of the term. Consult your syllabus for the specific due date.

    Download the Midterm Evaluation Sheet, complete it with your site supervisor, and submit it to me at the midpoint of the term. Consult your syllabus for the specific due date.

    Download the Final Evaluation Sheet, complete it with your site supervisor, and submit it to me at the end of the term. Consult your syllabus for the specific due date.

    If you receive any other onsite evaluations (besides the two required evaluations listed above), please submit them to me within one week after you receive them. Neglecting to do so will result in point deductions.

 

Course descriptions (get the syllabus for all three courses):

PSYS 682 Orientation to Professional Clinical. (1)

A 100-hour clinical practicum in a mental health setting. Designed to introduce students to issues involved with professional practice, including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards, and credentialing.

Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

Open only to students in the clinical psychology program.

 

PSYS 685 Clinical Internship. (36)

Supervised applied clinical experience in one or more appropriate settings. Students must have earned 20 hours of graduate credit in Psychological Science, at least half of which should be from the clinical sequence.

Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

A total of 6 hours of credit is required.

Open only to students in the in the clinical psychology program.

 

PSYS 687 Advanced Clinical Internship. (3)

Supervised advanced clinical experience in one or more appropriate settings. Emphasizes the development of advanced skills, the integration of professional

knowledge, and skills appropriate to professional practice.

Prerequisite: PSYS 685.

Open only to students in the clinical psychology program.