In addition to the individual instruction provided by each intern’s supervisor, the training committee has coordinated a series of seminars. These required seminars cover a variety of clinical topics, and offer exposure to supervisors and clinical staff from all consortium agencies. Training seminar topics include forensic assessment and treatment, supervision, ethics, diversity training, DBT, substance abuse treatment, couples treatment, working with clients who are developmentally disable, child services working with sex offenders, anger management, psychosis and others. Interns are encouraged to suggest ideas for additional seminar topics that meet their specific training needs.
Interns are also encouraged to take advantage of the many workshops offered by area professionals and national organizations including the Ohio Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. Attendance at these workshops is arranged by the intern, with approval of his/her supervisor. Two days of leave time are provided to each intern to attend workshops.
Benefits and Procedures
Stipend and Benefits
The stipend for interns is $17,500 for a 12-month period. A comprehensive medical insurance and basic life insurance plan are available with the intern paying a portion. Worker’s Compensation is provided. Interns are required to show proof of malpractice insurance which can be purchased through an APA-endorsed policy at student rates, provided to student members of APA, or can be a part of their university coverage.
The internship is 12 months in duration, beginning July 1 and ending June 30. A total of 10 days are provided for sick, personal and/or vacation days. Arrangements and approval for these days off are made through the intern’s supervisor and the Program Director. The observance of national holidays is determined by the intern’s placement site and are in addition to the ten days the internship provides.
In keeping with the desire of the Ohio Psychology Internship Program to provide appropriate channels for resolution of grievances and to promote advocacy, the role of ombudsman has been developed. The role of ombudsman assists the interns in resolving concerns with the Internship Program.
Chief Intern Position
Each year interns select a Chief Intern to attend and actively participate in the Ohio Psychology Internship Training Committee. The Chief Intern is provided time away from his/her rotation site to attend all Training Committee meetings. Duties and responsibilities of the Chief Intern are as follows:
- Greet and introduce presenter at seminars.
- Take intern attendance at all seminars.
- Attend all Training Committee meetings.
- Represent the concerns of the interns to the Training Committee and act as a liaison between the Committee and the interns.
- Provide leadership to interns.
- Assist in recruitment of interns.
- Assist in planning for internship activities such as interviews and graduation.
Interns can also be part of the Internship Diversity Committee which provides current and relevant cultural diversity information to the intern group, incoming interns and internship applicants. Dr. Phil Seibel currently heads the Diversity Committee. Interns wanting to join the Diversity Committee can self nominate, be nominated by another intern, or be nominated by a supervisor.
Qualifications and Application Procedures
Admission to the Psychology Internship Program is open to qualified individuals. In our effort to create a learning environment that builds on the unique characteristics of trainees and welcomes diversity, applicants of all minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants are expected to have appropriate preparation from a clinical or counseling psychology program. To be considered for admission, a prospective intern should fulfill the following requirements:
- Submit a completed APPIC application for Psychology Internship by the deadline date of the second Friday in November.
- Submit official transcripts demonstrating evidence of completion of a master’s level program, plus all required course work in clinical or counseling psychology for a doctoral program at an accredited university.
- Submit two work samples demonstrating clinical report writing skills.
- Participate in an interview to evaluate the applicant’s suitability for training.
- Provide three letters of recommendation: one from the Department Chairperson, one from the Clinical Training Director if designated or from the intern’s advisor, and one from another professional who is familiar with the intern’s character and clinical level of expertise. A Faculty member more familiar with the student can be substituted for the Department Chairperson when the Chair is not able to provide a personal recommendation.