Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)

APPIC Information:

Our National Computer Match Program Code number is 196011

Welcome

Utah Valley University Mental Health Services welcomes you to our site, and we hope that you will find answers to your questions as you navigate through all of the information we have provided here. Please feel free to email bybeeta@uvu.edu or call us at (801) 863-7270 if you have further questions.

The APPIC Pre-doctoral internship offered at UVU is appropriate for post-practicum, pre-doctoral applicants who are students of graduate psychology programs. The student applicant must be post-practicum in training, must be in a program capable of preparing them for licensure as a psychologist, and must be cleared by their program to apply for pre-doctoral internship. The internship is structured to provide interns with 2000 hours of accumulated experience.

Program Description

Utah Valley University Psychology Pre-Doctoral Internship program provides a wide range of training opportunities for interns. Interns will have an opportunity to provide individual, couples, and group therapy, provide diagnostic assessments, and write assessment reports. Working with college age students, interns will have a myriad of opportunities to enhance their skills. The goal of the program is to prepare interns to be competent and ethical licensed psychologists. We provide opportunities for interns for increased development of their knowledge, skills, values, and aptitudes for entry into the practice of professional psychology. We focus on:

  • Professional identity and development
  • Ethics
  • Multicultural competency
  • Supervision
  • Sensitivity towards spiritual beliefs and values in counseling
  • Interns who can provide a wide range of services in a university counseling center or similar environment.

Utilizing a team approach, interns will be expected to master the various responsibilities of therapists in a university counseling center, provide outreach to the university campus, provide crisis intervention, conduct psychological assessment and diagnosis, conduct intake interviews, and participate in program evaluation or other research based activities.

For more information about our Student Health Services, our website is www.uvu.edu/studenthealth

Mission of the Internship

The overall mission of the UVU-SHS Psychology Internship Program is to prepare interns from clinical psychology and counseling psychology doctoral programs to be competent and ethical licensed psychologists. Consistent with this mission, a set of goals, objectives, and competencies, detailed in another section, guide the training of interns in the program. The goals provide for the preparation of a generalist in professional psychology with emphasis on university counseling work.

Goals, Objectives, Competencies, Activities, and Assessments

Training Model

The Utah Valley University Student Health Services (UVU-SHS) Internship employs a scholar-practitioner training model. The overall philosophy of the internship program is based on recognition of the relatedness and interaction between the theory, science, and practice of psychology. The theory and science of psychology are closely related in the guidance they provide to our practice of psychology. We acknowledge the education in the science of psychology that our interns have received in their doctoral programs and build on this education by providing them with clinical experience under the supervision of seasoned scholar-practitioners of psychology. We recognize that doctoral programs send their students on internship, in most cases, to receive intensive training in the practice of psychology. We take very seriously the task of providing the needed training in practice. We assume that our interns have received a doctoral education that has prepared them to be both producers and consumers of scientific research in psychology. While we seek to prepare generalists in the practice of professional psychology, the internship also has a philosophy that encourages interns to seek training experiences of particular relevance or interest to individual interns. Required and optional rotations in providing services or diverse activities are available to aid in the professional development of the intern.

Integration of Science and Practice

We see our primary task in training interns and serving our clients as bridging the gap between science and practice. This task is described by Lisa Hoshmand and Donald Polkinhorne (1992, Redefining the Science-Practice Relationship and Professional Training, American Psychologist, 47, 55-56). These authors hold that psychological science and psychological practice should inform each other. SHS engages in this integration of science and practice. Interns are provided time and resources to pursue their own research. Related to involvement in research, attention is given to helping interns make use of the scholarly basis of psychology as they integrate scientific findings into their practice. Existing research is used in the didactic training provided to interns.

Each intern is required to make use of empirically supported treatments, under supervision, during the training year. The licensed psychologists in SHS are clinical staff within UVU. As such they provide good role models for interns of psychologists who are involved as scholars in their profession.

Training for practice in the UVU-SHS Psychology Internship is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity. Interns arrive with varying degrees of readiness to engage in the psychological and educational services of the SHS. During the orientation week, interns are asked to identify their training goals and needed growth areas. These are discussed with the Director of Training The goals are further discussed with the interns' supervisors. We recognize that our primary means of achieving the aims of the internship is through the effective use of quality supervision by seasoned, licensed psychologists. Thus, the supervision and role-modeling provided by our clinical staff is vital to the program. Readiness for various experiences is assessed by the supervisors and discussed with the interns.

Training Staff

Current Interns


Typical Week Break-out of Hours
SERVICE ACTIVITIES
Individual Counseling/Psychotherapy
12-15
Case Management
1-5
Psychological Assessment
2-4
Group Counseling/ Psychotherapy
2-4
Outreach and Consultation
0-2
Emergency Service
0-1
Rotation
4
Supervision of Practicum Student
1
 
TRAINING ACTIVITIES
Individual Supervision
2
Group Supervision
2
Staff Consultation
1
Intern Training Seminar
1
Supervision of Group Therapy
1
Supervision of Practicum Student Supervision
1
 
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Staff Meeting
1
In-service Training
1
Dissertation or Research
0-2
Grand Rounds
.5
 
Total Hours = 40 – represents an average, actual hours may vary.

Evaluation Process

Intern Evaluation

A formal evaluation of the intern is made three times during the academic year. The Intern Evaluation Form is used for the evaluation. The first report is made at the end of Fall semester (no later than December 31). The second report is submitted at the end of Winter semester (not later than April 30). The final report should be completed by August 1. The intern evaluation process should involve the intern and primary and secondary supervisors. When someone other than one of the supervisors is in the best position to evaluate an intern’s performance, it is the responsibility of the primary supervisor to obtain an evaluation from the supervising professional. The secondary supervisor need not provide a rating for areas of a performance that he or she has not observed. The Intern Evaluation Form consists of a rating on a seven point scale of the intern’s present level of functioning in each of the twelve core competencies of the training program. The exit or “completion” criterion on each of the competencies is a rating of “4.” A rating of four indicates an intermediate level of competency with mastery of routine skills, some demonstration of advanced skills, and readiness to go on to post-internship supervised experience leading to licensure as a psychologist. Ratings of “1” on competencies raise serious concerns about an intern’s performance and warrant consideration by the Training Committee.

Self-evaluation is used as a means of facilitating development in the intern. This is done by having the intern complete the Intern Evaluation Form on himself or herself at the end of the trimester, prior to getting the results of the evaluation from his or her supervisors.

The intern and supervisor should discuss together the ratings and comments on the evaluation forms and, where possible, arrive at a joint decision about each area being evaluated. However, the supervisor has final authority to complete each question in the form. The internship program is committed to the development of professional psychologists among its interns. Therefore, the spirit of the evaluation should be one of the identifying strengths and, when necessary, weaknesses in the intern so that the intern can be helped toward becoming an independently functioning professional. The intern’s signature on the evaluation form is an acknowledgment that he or she has been made aware of the contents of the evaluation. The Intern Evaluation Form will be kept on file for each intern and will be used in reporting to the intern’s doctoral program.

Agency Evaluation

In order to receive and make use of feedback from interns regarding the quality of their training experience, the interns are required to complete the Agency Evaluation Form each year. This evaluation is intended to allow the intern to identify any factors in the program that he or she perceives as a deterrent to effective training. In order to encourage open and frank feedback, the form is filled out anonymously, and it is understood that the intern’s responses on the Agency Evaluation Form may not be held against him or her or be taken as an indication of incompetence. The Agency Evaluation Form is submitted by the intern to the Director of Training, and feedback from the form is discussed in the Training Committee in order to make improvements to the internship. At least once a year Student Health Services conducts a formative evaluation as a part of an annual retreat.

Stipend and Benefits

UVU offers two full-time (40 hours per week), twelve-month pre-doctoral internship appointments, beginning the second or third week of August. The stipend for the internship is $24,000 for the year. This includes 15 days of vacation (5 of which need to be used for work related functions such as conferences or dissertation time), sick time, health and dental benefits.

Mission Statement of Student Health Services

Our purpose is to offer patrons with opportunities to improve their well-being by providing basic medical care and mental health services and by promoting healthy lifestyles through educational programs that teach effective life skills.

Application, Qualifications, and Selection Process

There are two pre-doctoral internships available. Each applicant must be in good standing in a Ph.D. or Psy.D. program in clinical or counseling psychology and be meeting the necessary requirements of their program to begin an internship.

Successful applicants must also complete a Background Criminal Investigation (BCI). Process will be initiated upon selection.

To apply for our Predoctoral Internship, we require that you apply via the APPIC Online site which may be accessed at http://www.appic.org. Your online application must include the following:

  • Completed APPIC Application for Psychology Internship form
  • Verification of Internship and Readiness signed by the Director of Training
  • Official transcripts of graduate work
  • Letters of recommendation from three persons who are familiar with your professional and academic performance

Application is due December 1st

About UVU and Orem

Utah Valley University is located in the city of Orem in Utah County about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City. It has a student body of 28,000 students. Utah County has a population of about 400,000 people. Utah Valley University overlooks Utah Lake and is surrounded by the scenic Wasatch Mountain Range. This area and adjacent areas provide a variety of recreational experiences including skiing and all winter sports, hiking, golfing, fishing, hunting, and varied other outdoor sports. The Sundance Ski Resort is within 10 miles from campus and Park City is a one hour drive from the university. The cost of living is very reasonable, with excellent housing within walking distance. Discounted bus service is available. Utah County has a relatively low crime rate and offers a variety of art and cultural activities.

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