In order to be licensed as a psychologist, students are required to complete a full-year predoctoral internship prior to graduation. Students at the University of Utah Counseling Psychology Program must complete an internship accredited by the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Commission on Accreditation. Our students typically complete this requirement in their 5th year of the program and are matched with outstanding internship training sites all over the U.S. Internship applications and matching are managed by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Please see the APPIC website at www.appic.org and the Online Directory for additional information. The Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP), of which our program is a member, has published the following expectations for internship eligibility:
Expectations for Internship Eligibility
- Trainee meets or exceeds foundational and functional competencies as articulated by the program objectives and national guidelines. These include multicultural competencies in working with diverse populations.
- Trainee successfully completed a pre-dissertation research experience.
- Trainee passed program’s comprehensive or qualifying exams (or equivalent).
- Trainee’s dissertation proposal has been accepted at the time of application to internship.
- Trainee successfully completed all required coursework for the doctoral degree prior to starting the internship (except hours for dissertation and internship).
- Trainee completed at least 450 face-to-face, program-sanctioned, doctoral practicum hours of assessment/intervention that includes evidence-based practice and at least 150 hours of supervision by a licensed psychologist or other mental health professional (as appropriate for the jurisdiction). Supervision was delivered according to accepted individual or group models and included observation of the trainee’s work.
- Trainee has contributed to the scientific knowledge within psychology, as evidenced
a. Submitting a manuscript (e.g., journal article, book chapter) as an author or co-author,
b. Presenting at least two papers/posters/workshops at local, regional, national, or international
professional conferences or meetings.
- Trainee was enrolled in a program that conducts formal annual evaluations of each student for purposes of monitoring trainees’ developing competencies and assuring that only students making satisfactory progress are retained and recommended for doctoral candidacy and entry into the profession. This annual program review of each student utilized evaluations obtained from different faculty and supervisors and covered the full range of competencies including academic, research, clinical skills, and ethical professional behavior. Trainee has been rated as meeting expectations and possessing the required competencies at the time of applying for internship.
Adopted by CCPTP February 9, 2013