The Internship Program
We offer a pre-doctoral internship in professional psychology to qualified graduate students in clinical and counseling psychology. We have four internship positions available for the 2015-2016 internship year. The internship program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242; 202-336-5979). The Counseling Center is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and the Association of the Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA).
The purpose of the internship program is to train practitioners who are interested in developing the competence and confidence for work as psychologists in a comprehensive university counseling center. Competencies developed in the program are applicable to other community settings, such as outpatient mental health programs, employee assistance programs, and private practice. The training experience includes the supervised practice of intake evaluations, individual psychotherapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, and consultation and outreach to the university community. Other opportunities include alcohol and drug assessment and treatment, and the development of preventive programs and interventions for issues or populations of the intern's own interest.
Our entire staff meets weekly in this room to discuss the students about whom we are most concerned, including the clients who are being followed using our Suicide Tracking System. This meeting provides all staff and interns with the chance to receive support and suggestions regarding our clients of concern. Similarly, it provides an opportunity for all of us to learn from each other's work. Additionally, the Conference Room is where many of us eat lunch together throughout the week.
Program Training Philosophy
The educational philosophy for the program is a practitioner-scholar model that emphasizes interns working in apprenticeship relationships with staff who value scientifically guided professional practice. Our model also stresses the viewpoint of the internship training as a process through which interns develop not only the requisite knowledge and skills, but also the sense of professional identity necessary for becoming professional psychologists. The program additionally strives to prepare future psychologists who are knowledgeable and sensitive with regard to issues of diversity. Consistent with the principles and ethical code of our profession, the Counseling Center values diversity and individual differences (e.g., race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity). We are committed to training our interns to work effectively with clients who represent a full range of diversity. In keeping with this objective, it is expected that our interns will welcome and be open to this learning opportunity.
The minimum number of cumulative hours required for internship is 1,750 which is consistent with the requirements for licensure in the state of MD. We recommend, however, that our interns accrue 2,000 hours during internship, as this will maximize their chances of gaining licensure in states with higher hours requirements. These issues will be thoroughly discussed early during the internship year. Interns are expected to work 39.5 hours per week during the academic year and 37.5 hours per week during the Summer (consistent with the hours that the Counseling Center is open). It is expected that at least a quarter of accumulated hours will involve direct service. There are generally a relatively small number of non-compensatory evening and weekend hours expected during the year. Many interns also find that they need to work a few extra work hours per week during the peak client weeks in the fall and spring in order to keep up with paperwork demands.
Stipend and Benefits
The internship is for a one-year period from August 6, 2015 through August 5, 2016. The current internship stipend is $27,000. Leave benefits include 10 days vacation, 10 days for sick leave, and up to 5 days for professional activities. Financial support may be available for conferences and workshops. Interns will have the status of visiting graduate students, which allows for parking in a staff lot, access to library and recreation facilities, and eligibility to purchase the University student health insurance policy. This status does not allow for utilization of the student health service, though as a courtesy this service can provide names of area health care providers.
Facilities, Training Equipment, and Clerical Support
Each intern is provided with a separate office within the Counseling Center. Offices are equipped with a telephone with individual lines and a personal computer with word processing software, connection to the office LAN for scheduling and record keeping, and access to e-mail and the Internet. E-mail accounts are provided by the Center. Each intern office is also equipped with a webcam to provide for digital audio-visual recording of sessions. The Center employs three full-time support staff who are available to interns for clerical and technical support.
This office is representative of all 4 of our intern offices.