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Guidelines for Internship Selection & Approval

  1. Organized Sequence of Training
    Internship or Practicum training is an organized, sequential series of supervised experiences of increasing complexity, serving to prepare the student for internship and partially meeting requirements for licensure. Training experiences shall follow appropriate academic preparation and shall be overseen by the university.

  2. Breadth and Depth of Training
    Internship or Practicum training shall be an extension of the student's academic coursework. A student shall not provide services at the practicum level that are not within the scope of the education received.

    There shall be a written plan between the student, the practicum training site, and the university. The training plan for each practicum experience shall describe how the trainee's time is allotted and shall assure the quality, breadth, and depth of the training experience through specification of the goals and objectives of the practicum, the methods of evaluation of the trainee's performance, and reference to jurisdictional regulations governing supervisory experience.

    Practicum proposals shall also include the nature of supervision, the identities of supervisors, and the form and frequency of feedback from the agency supervisor to the training faculty. The training plan for each practicum shall also provide a rationale for the experience in light of previous academic preparation and previous practicum training, to ensure that the overall practicum experience is organized, sequential, and meets the training needs of the candidate and protection of the public.

  3. Hour Requirement
    Each internship or practicum experience shall be a minimum total of 500 hours of supervised professional experience. At least 50% of the total hours of supervised experience accrued shall be in service-related activities, defined as treatment/intervention, assessment, interviews, report-writing, case presentations, and consultations. At least 25% of the supervised professional experience shall be devoted to face-to-face patient/client contact. Time spent in supervision shall count toward the 500 hour requirement.

  4. Supervision
    Individual face-to-face supervision shall be no less than 25% of the time spent in service-related activities; 25% of supervision hours can be in a group setting.

  5. Supervisor Qualifications
    Although university faculty are accountable for the overall education and practicum experiences of their students, on site practicum supervisors play a critical role in the training of students. A licensed psychologist shall have supervisory responsibility for the entire practicum experience, but up to 25% of the time spent in supervision may be provided by a licensed allied mental health professional, or provided by a psychology intern or an individual completing postdoctoral supervised experience who is supervised by a licensed psychologist. Practicum students should have supervisors who are able to extend the student's academic education and all supervisors shall be appropriately licensed in the jurisdiction of practice and be a member of the staff at the site where the supervised experience takes place.

  6. Training Sequence
    Several part-time practicum placements of appropriate scope and graded complexity over the course of the graduate training can be combined to satisfy the 1500-hour practicum experience required by most state and provincial licensing boards.

  7. Setting
    Supervised professional experience shall occur in psychological service settings that have as part of the organizational mission a goal of training professional psychologists. Such settings shall have an identifiable licensed psychologist who is responsible for maintaining the integrity and quality of the experience for each trainee. Adapted from a study completed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (http://www.asppb.net/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1