APA Internship


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Our Program’s Aim: The Wright State University School of Professional Psychology Internship prepares interns to be culturally competent clinical psychologists for practice in health service psychology. Integrating empirical evidence and practice, the Internship offers general exposure and focused training opportunities.

The Doctoral Internship Program (Internship Program) is a component of the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology (SOPP) and, as such, adheres to the same mission and philosophy of training. Thus, the Internship Program is also committed to a practitioner model of professional education that prepares for the entry-level practice of psychology and endorses score competencies defined by the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Standards of Accreditation (SoA). The Program attempts to do this by offering generalist training with opportunities in specific clinical proficiencies. Generalist training is defined as psychological study and practice which is not defined by a specific problem domain, but is more concerned with how an area of need shapes theory building as a primary goal of training; by being concerned with holistic health more than mental health; and by using ideas and applications which expand the boundaries of professional concerns and responsibilities.

To help ensure that training considerations take precedence over service delivery and revenue generation, the Internship Program has always registered interns as SOPP students. External students are registered as non-degree seeking students while SOPP students accepted into the internship program follow their normal internship registration process. Students are registered by the WSU-SOPP internship program as soon as they confirm the match. There is no cost to students, SOPP covers the cost of registration and all associated fees as a part of the annual Internship Program budget and intern acceptance or participation in the program is not impacted.

The Internship Program differs from the SOPP's other training program in that it occurs during the final year of clinical training (post-practicum) for doctoral students and, as such, is designed to ensure that students who complete the program are prepared for entry-level practice in clinical psychology as set forth by APA’s SoA’s Core Competencies. Interns are expected to move toward a more independent level of practice and to present themselves in a professional and scholarly manner. The program is designed to be sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity. The internship is primarily experiential in nature. While participating in substantive amounts of clinical practice, interns receive intensive supervision and didactic training to help solidify their understanding of psychological theory and research as it applies to practice.

In an attempt to assure generalist training, each intern is placed in a minimum of two (2) rotations, one (1) internal and the other external, guaranteeing some breadth of exposure. While some of the potential sites serve specific rather than general populations, each intern is assigned to at least one site where they will see clients with a broad array of presenting problems.

Further elaboration of Program aims include producing graduates who have strong skills in clinical areas, including skills in conducting therapy, assessment, and consultation; teaching; and supervision with diverse populations. Additionally, we expect interns to become competent consumers of research with the temperament to be guided by the ability to integrate research and evaluation into one's clinical practice and to incorporate the value of lifelong learning. We also expect interns to be aware of contemporary ethical, legal, and professional issues within the field, and of the progression of their own professional development. Finally, we seek to shape the intern's professional as well as personal development, increasing their awareness of self with an understanding and appreciation of diversity dimensions and the role of responsibility and advocacy for human and community enhancement.