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Overview of Internship in Health Service Psychology

Please consider this page the fast track for information, relevant to your decision-making process! 

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K-State APPIC match number: 1305

Welcome from the Training Director!

What an exciting and nervewracking time you are having right now. I'm so pleased to see you have an interest in our program. I know time is of the essence, so here's my elevator pitch: We're a fantastic site! Our commitment to diversity, training, and student services is the lifeblood of our agency. I'm sure other places have said the same, but we truly have unique opportunities here, at K-State. If you have time to look around our website, you'll get a feel of what we offer, but I want to highlight two: Biofeedback training and clinical rotations with K-State Athletics and K-State's Veterinary Medicine program.

Enjoy your journey! If you have any questions, please contact me with the information below.

Kodee Walls, Ph.D., Interim Training Director

klwalls@ksu.edu or  785-532-6927.

We're thrilled to share, we have been accredited until 2029!  Our internship in Health Service Psychology has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1987.  We also agree 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.

For questions about accreditation status, please contact 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

www.apa.org/ed/accreditation
apaaccred@apa.org


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Application

Our minimum requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 500 intervention hours by the start of internship.
  • Enrollment in an APA-Accredited Counseling or Clinical Psychology doctoral program.
  • At least one practicum or work experience which primarily involved working with college students.
  • Comprehensive exams completed before the application deadline.

Our preferences

  • An approved dissertation proposal before the start of the internship.
What to send us
  • Applications must be completed through the APPIC website. We will not accept any paper materials.
  • Required materials include:
    • Completed AAPI application
    • Current Vitae
    • Cover letter: Your cover letter must explain why you believe you would be a good fit with the internship program at Kansas State University Counseling Services. Be specific about your goals forinternship and how our program in particular will help you meet these goals. It should be at least 300 words.
      • Address cover letter to:
        Kodee Walls, Ph.D., Interim Training Director
        Counseling Services
        1105 Sunset Ave, Rm101
        Kansas State University
        Manhattan, KS 66502
    • Three letters of reference: At least two letters should be submitted by clinical supervisors. References should reflect your most recent work, if possible.
    • Transcripts
  • Program Code and Accreditation:
    • APPIC Member Number: 1305
    • Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association

For additional information contact Kodee Walls.

Application deadline

Nov. 19, 2019

The selection process

Each application is initially screened by the Selection Committee to ensure it meets the minimum criteria. Applicants who will not be considered further will be notified by December 13th, 2020.

Each applicant's file will be evaluated and rated by at least two Selection Committee members. Selected applicants will receive a Zoom or phone interview.

All formal interviews are by zoom or phone. We decided to avoid on-site interviews to increase accessibility for all applicants. Interview costs can be quite expensive, and we acknowledge these costs may disproportionately affect some students relative to others. The formal interviews are usually conducted with at least two clinical staff members interviewing the candidate and include interview questions and a clinical vignette.

The satisfactory completion of a background check is a condition of employment. Background checks will be initiated after Match Day.

Optional Open House

We will host a combination in-person and virtual open house for intern applicants on Friday, January 17th, 2020 from 2:30 to 5:00 PM. We view the open house as an opportunity to show applicants our center, meet all our staff, talk privately with current interns, and have any questions answered about our great site! We know time and finances are tight, so attendance is optional, and not required to be ranked.


Duration, salary, and benefits

The upcoming training year will begin on Aug. 1, 2020, and end on July 31, 2021. Our regular work hours during the academic semesters are Monday - Friday 8 a.m to 5 p.m. This 12-month position provides a minimum salary of $28,000 with 22 days leave time and 11 days sick leave. Medical/Health insurance, dental coverage, and vision coverage are available through the university group plan. We do not have specific leave for maternity/paternity purposes, but we do allow reasonable unpaid leave in the event of family needs that are in excess of vacation and sick leave allowances. See table here for additional information on benefits.


Liability insurance

It is expected that each intern will secure professional liability insurance before the start of internship. We do not endorse a particular provider of professional liability insurance. One example of such a provider is The Trust at 1-800-477-1200.

To enhance their identities as psychologists, we also encourage our interns to either maintain their current memberships or become 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