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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 ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

Goals and Competencies

The K-State Counseling Services internship is committed to providing training that will produce nationally competitive interns upon graduation. To accomplish this, the program requires interns to complete 2000 hours during the 12 month contract year with 25% of that time being direct contact hours (500 hours). This will require interns to work approximately 42 hours/week on average while classes are in session, because we also provide generous vacation, holidays and sick leave time throughout the year. Meeting these hours can be accomplished by providing services during our extended hours on Monday or Thursday in addition to taking advantage of evening and weekend outreach opportunities. Additionally, in our attempt to make sure graduates of our internship can confidently apply for licensure in any state, all our primary supervisors have been licensed for at least three years, and we have additional training opportunities provided by the rest of our exceptional interprofessional staff.

Our training program is also aware of the newest APA Standards of Accreditation and the relabeling of "Professional Psychology" to "Health Service Psychology" to better define our particular niche in the field. This puts the focus on how our work improves the health of our clients – and at K-State – our student body. Because our center as a whole is committed to continued training for all staff in the most recent standards and guidelines applicable to all areas of our functioning as a counseling center, the training interns receive will also reflect these current trends.

To that end, the following goals and competencies are stressed in our training program:

Ethical and Legal Standards
Individual and Cultural Diversity
Assessment, Intervention, Supervision
Professional Values, Attitudes and Behaviors
Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills
Duration, Salary, and Benefits
Liability Insurance


Goal I: Ethical and Legal Standards

Interns will demonstrate an understanding of professional/ethical standards and legal statutes governing the practice of psychology and integrate these in their practice.

Competencies Include:

  • Interns will demonstrate knowledge and use of the APA Ethical Guidelines.
  • Interns will demonstrate concern for client welfare.
  • Interns will understand personal, agency, and professional limitations, and act with adherence to those parameters.
  • Interns understand ethics and laws are culturally bound and interpreted.

Goal II: Individual and Cultural Diversity

Interns will demonstrate sensitivity and awareness of multicultural concerns, and an ability to work effectively with diverse populations and colleagues.

Competencies Include:

  • Interns will demonstrate respect for the dignity and worth of the individual.
  • Interns recognize and address how cultural variables, including those of the therapist, affect the therapy process.
  • Interns identify and address clients' culture-specific concerns.
  • Interns demonstrate increasing awareness and sensitivity to human diversity when working with diverse individuals (clients and colleagues).
  • Interns reflect multicultural concerns in formulating case conceptualizations, treatment plans, clinical interventions, assessment, and diagnosis.

Goal III. Assessment, Intervention, Supervision

Interns will become competent in a range of assessment, intervention, clinical, & supervision skills.

Competencies Include:

  • Interns will demonstrate a commitment to on-going learning and be given opportunities to engage in ongoing research.
  • Interns will learn through assessment seminar how to apply assessments to treatment planning, interventions, and conceptualizations.
  • Interns will have the opportunity to engage in clinical and administrative supervision of masters level therapists and engage in supervision of supervision regarding theory and practice of supervision.

Goal IV. Professional Values, Attitudes and Behaviors

Interns will practice with self-reflection/awareness, appropriate self-care and professional decorum; and will display exemplary written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

Competencies Include:

  • Interns will demonstrate open, positive working relationships with all staff.
  • Interns will communicate clearly both orally and in writing, and will use appropriate communication channels to get their needs met.
  • Interns will demonstrate a sense of professional responsibility and dependability.
  • Interns will demonstrate knowledge of agency policies and procedures which will be taught throughout orientation and the ongoing Professional Issues Seminar.

Goal V. Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills

Interns will develop an understanding of how a counseling center clinician is part of a larger campus community.

Competencies Include:

  • Interns will effectively consult with colleagues, other health professionals, university staff, community members, etc.
  • Interns will take into account cultural variables in consultation and interprofessional settings.
  • Interns will be given the opportunity to teach a college credit course and will be given training in this through the Career Seminar.
  • Interns will have ample opportunity to engage in a variety of outreach activities focused on psychoeducation, primary prevention, and marketing our center.


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