Internship Membership Criteria
An APPIC "member" is defined as an internship or post-doctoral training program Accredited programs have been reviewed and site visited by the APA or CPA. the process will begin for the program to be withdrawn from the APPIC Online. Domain E: Intern–Staff Relations. Domain F: Program to improve the accreditation process and assure continued compliance with the U.S. Secretary of. Are you thinking of applying for APA accreditation? or dean), and internships and postdoctoral programs must only attain the president/CEO countersignature.
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Exposes interns to a variety of types of psychological services and consumers. The internship must provide at least two hours per week in didactic activities such as case conferences, seminars, in-service training, or grand rounds. The Psychology training program should have scheduled didactic experiences available to meet the training needs of their interns, a minimum of 2 hours per week on average with not less than 8 hours in any given month.
Formal processes must be in place to encourage intern socialization. Internship training is at post-clerkship, post-practicum, and post-externship level, and precedes the granting of the doctoral degree.
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Interns must have completed adequate and appropriate prerequisite training prior to the internship. This would include both: Completion of formal academic coursework at a degree-granting program in professional psychology clinical, counseling, schooland Closely supervised experiential training in professional psychology skills conducted in non-classroom settings.
The internship agency has a minimum of two interns at the predoctoral level of training during any training year. These interns must be at least half-time i. The minimum number of interns must be on site and in training at the time of the initial application for APPIC membership.
The intention of this criterion is to allow opportunities for personal face-to-face interaction with peers in formal settings in the training program and on the training site during each training week. Part-time internships must ensure that intern schedules sufficiently overlap to allow substantial and meaningful peer contact. The internship level psychology trainees have a title such as "intern," "resident," "fellow," or other designation of trainee status.
The internship agency has a written statement or brochure which provides a clear description of the nature of the training program, including the goals and content of the internship and clear expectations for quantity and quality of the trainee's work. It is made available to prospective interns.
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Internship programs must make available descriptions of their training program which give their applicants and interns a clear understanding of the program in terms of: The program's training goals and objectives.
The program's training methods, content, and curriculum for example, required rotations, sample weekly schedules, or available training seminars.
The program's training resources e. The sites at which training and services are provided.
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For programs with multiple sites, clear descriptions are given for each site of services rendered by interns, supervision offered, and involvement of the training director.
APPIC must be notified in writing of substantive changes to the training program personnel, placements, etc. The training program is likewise responsible for maintaining an up-to-date and accurate description of the program in the APPIC Directory.
Internship programs have documented due process procedures that describe separately how programs deal with 1 concerns about intern performance, and 2 interns' concerns about training. These procedures include the steps of notice, hearing, and appeal, and are given to the interns at the beginning of the training period. Due process procedures describe how an agency deals with intern deficiencies and how the interns' handle grievances with the training program. The documentation would include: Description of formal evaluation and complaint procedures.
The program's and intern's responsibilities and rights in the process.
Description of procedures if interns have grievances about their training or supervision. Programs need two written policies: The procedures must be specific to the internship training program; reliance on a more general HR policy is insufficient.
Both procedures should be provided to interns at the commencement of training. The use of the term "impaired" is discouraged because if one identifies an intern by that term, legal issues having to do with the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA could be invoked.
Due process must include three elements: The appeal should extend at least one step beyond the Training Director. Grievance Procedure is a process that is invoked when an intern has a complaint against the training program. The procedure should include specific steps an intern takes in the complaint process and be broad enough to cover any and all complaints that may arise for interns e. The internship experience minimum hours must be completed in no less than 9 months and no more than 24 months.
Internships may be conducted on a full or part-time basis.
Only School Psychology programs will be accepted at hour or for month internships. It is required that internships provide training that meets the requirements for licensure eligibility in the state, province, territory or jurisdiction in which it is located. APPIC member programs are required to issue a certificate of internship completion, which includes the word "Psychology," to all interns who have successfully completed the program.
The certificate of completion for doctoral internships should reflect the program's substantive area of professional psychology, or indicate that the program is an internship in "health service psychology. The written evaluation process provides comprehensive evaluative feedback to doctoral psychology interns as follows: The evaluation provides summary information of performance in all major competence areas that are a focus of internship training. Interns have the opportunity to review their evaluation with supervisors to ensure the fullest possible communication between supervisors and interns.
Membership applications are reviewed twice annually. Programs are strongly encouraged to submit their applications prior to the deadline date. APPIC now provides a "preliminary review" and it requires a quick turn around usually requesting clarification or additional information about your training program.
Checks can be mailed to APPIC Central Office or payment can be made by credit card by calling Central Office with your credit card information or when you are online within your eMembership application. Hard copies of the materials are no longer accepted. Timelines for the review of applicants vary. Programs will receive feedback on their submission in the preliminary review and given a short turn around to respond.
Once the program has responded uploaded their detailed response and amended their materialsthe program is then reviewed by the APPIC membership committee. This is typical for most programs. Programs will receive a confirmation email when the application is submitted.
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