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Doctoral Psychology Internship

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Our doctoral psychology internship has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1987. The next accreditation site visit will be held in 2019. Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to APA’s Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(202) 336-5979

TDD/TTY 202-336-6123



K-State match number:  130511.

This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any raking-related information from any intern applicant.

Goals and Competencies


The following goals and competencies are stressed in our training program:

Regarding Professional Identity

Goal I: Ethical Understanding and Adherence

Competencies Expected

1. Interns will demonstrate knowledge and use of professional and ethical standards.
2. Interns will demonstrate concern for client welfare.
3. Interns will understand personal, agency, and professional limitations, and act with adherence to those parameters

Goal II: Appreciation and Awareness of Human Diversity

Competencies Expected

4. Interns will demonstrate respect for the dignity and worth of the individual.
5. Interns will demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to human diversity in both their colleagues and among the clients they serve.

Goal III. Commitment to Professional Development

Competencies Expected

6. Interns will demonstrate a commitment to on-going learning.
7. Interns will be able to apply current research, theory, and counseling techniques to their work as psychologists.

Goal IV. Decorum and Professionalism

Competencies Expected

8. Interns will demonstrate open, positive working relationships with staff.
9. Interns will communicate clearly both orally and in writing, and will use appropriate communication channels to get their needs met.
10. Interns will demonstrate a sense of professional responsibility and dependability.
11. Interns will demonstrate knowledge of agency policies and procedures and will reasonably adapt personal style to agency needs.


Regarding Counseling and Therapy

Goal V. Individual Psychotherapy

Competencies Expected

12. Interns will be able to develop effective therapeutic relationships with their clients.
13. Interns will be able to accurately hear clients and encourage more in-depth exploration of client problems.
14. Interns will be able to help clients explore complex feelings and defenses.
15. Interns will be able to help clients formulate and explore goals for counseling in depth.

Goal VI. Case Conceptualization

Competencies Expected

16. Interns will be able to integrate information from client interview, formal and informal assessment, and personality and psychotherapy research/ theory into a unified conceptual framework of the client.
17. Interns will be able to effectively present case conceptualizations orally and in writing to other professionals.
18. Interns will demonstrate consideration for cultural and diversity factors in conceptualizing client problems and planning treatment.

Goal VII. Assessment

Competencies Expected

19. Interns will be able to conduct diagnostic interviews.
20. Interns will be able to administer and interpret frequently used standardized personality/vocational instruments (e.g., Strong Interest and Skill Inventory, Campbell Interest Inventory, MBTI, MMPI-2, MCMI, and 16PF).
21. Interns will be able to write helpful, clear psychological reports.
22. Interns will be able to integrate information from assessments into client treatment plans.
23. Interns will be able to present assessment findings to clients in understandable and useful terms that facilitate collaboration on treatment goals.

Goal VIII. Diagnosis

Competencies Expected

24. Interns will be able to use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-Fourth Edition-TR in diagnosing client disorders when appropriate.
25. Interns will be able to select appropriate interventions based upon client diagnosis.

Goal IX. Treatment Planning/Case Disposition/Referral

Competencies Expected

26. Interns will be able to help clients establish immediate goals and strategies strongly related to client needs and capabilities.
27. Interns will be able to help clients identify flexible long-term goals related to changes occurring in the process of therapy.
28. Interns will be able to anticipate the likely length and course of treatment and negotiate this with the client.
29. Interns will be able to identify helpful resources within or outside of UCS and make appropriate referrals.
30. Interns will be able to maintain appropriate and timely records and client files according to UCS guidelines.
31. Interns will appropriately time and process therapy termination.

Goal X. Applying Theory to Practice

Competencies Expected

32. Interns will provide counseling and therapy guided by a well-articulated model, and based upon scientific principles that provides a rationale for the treatment approach taken.
33. Interns can articulate a well-thought out theory of personality, based upon scientific knowledge, and apply this in their therapy cases.

Goal XI. Group Psychotherapy

Competencies Expected

34. Interns will be able to identify client characteristics and outcome objectives appropriate to the group theme.
35. Interns will be able to articulate a group model and use this model to guide group work.
36. Interns will demonstrate effective group intervention skills.

Goal XII. Crisis Intervention Objectives

Competencies Expected

37. Interns will be able to recognize and respond to crisis situations focusing on the present.
38. Interns will be able to be active in crisis intervention, helping clients engage in immediate problem solving.
39. Interns will be able to make use of outside resources in crisis interventions.

Goal XIII. Career and Vocational Counseling

Competencies Expected

40. Interns will be able to use counseling skills to assist with career development concerns.
41. Interns will be able to administer and interpret career and vocational assessment instruments.
42. Interns will be able to integrate career and other personal concerns in their therapy with clients.


Regarding Programmatic and Educational Performance

Goal XIV. Receiving Supervision

Competencies Expected

43. Interns will demonstrate competence in using supervision (e.g., involvement, openness, responsiveness, initiative, etc.)
44. Interns will come to supervision prepared with video of therapy with clients, client list, up-to-date charting

Goal XV. Providing Supervision

Competencies Expected

45. Interns will demonstrate skills related to providing effective supervision (e.g., developing rapport/supportive environment, use of information, communication, and referring to resources)
46. Interns will be able to articulate a theory of supervision and demonstrate how that theory guides their supervisory work
47. Interns will come to supervision prepared with video, client lists, and up-to-date charting

Goal XVI. Research

Competencies Expected

48. Interns will demonstrate knowledge of the value of research in the profession
49. Interns will display competence in using research to inform their clinical practice

Goal XVII. Teaching

Competencies Expected

50. Interns will be able to prepare, organize, and teach a semester course
51. Interns will be able to evaluate student progress effectively and to provide feedback on classroom performance

Goal XVIII. Consultation

Competencies Expected

52. Interns will demonstrate competence in consulting with university staff who seek assistance
53. Interns will demonstrate competence in consulting with off-campus mental health professionals as well as professionals from a variety of disciplines

Goal XIX. Outreach

Competencies Expected

54. Interns will demonstrate depth of preparation, knowledge, and organization of presentations
55. Interns will demonstrate sensitivity to issues of diversity when presenting to groups through outreach



Duration, Salary, and Benefits

The upcoming training year will begin on Monday, August 1, 2016, and end on Monday, July 31, 2017. It requires involvement in a variety of activities which include the provision of direct services, administrative activities, and training experiences throughout the year. Our regular office hours during the academic semesters are Monday & Thursday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m - 5 p.m.  During school breaks, including summer, our hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Interns are required to complete 2000 hours during the internship including 500 hours of direct clinical contact.

This 12-month position provides an approximate salary of $25,650 with 22 days leave time and 11 days sick leave. Individual medical insurance which includes dental coverage is available on the university group plan at a minimal cost to the intern (approximately $24 - $35 per pay period depending on the plan selected). When available some unrestricted fees have been used to support intern professional development activities and travel. Also, attempts are made to include interns with other staff's travel plans whenever pooling of resources is possible.


Liability Insurance

It is expected that each intern will secure professional liability insurance prior to the start of internship. Professional liability insurance is available at a nominal fee to student members of APA. Information about student liability insurance can be obtained by contacting the APA Insurance Trust at (800) 477-1200.

To enhance their identities as psychologists, we also encourage our interns to either maintain their current memberships, or become a student members of APA. Information about student membership can be obtained from:

APA Membership Department
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(800) 374-2721(US and Canada Toll Free)
(202) 336-5580 (in DC)
(202) 336-5568 (FAX)
Email: membership@apa.org