Health Services Psychology Internship
Letter to Prospective Applicants
Ohio University's Counseling and Psychological Services is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
Thank you for your interest in the health services psychology internship at Ohio University Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS).
The CPS mission is to provide generalist practitioner training in the areas of psychological counseling, education, and consultation to the Ohio University community. We strive to offer services that promote emotional, physical, and social well-being for Ohio University students facing adjustment and developmental challenges while respecting and appreciating all cultural identities of our student population. Further, our goal is to prepare generalist practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed for successful entry-level practice of psychology careers.
I hope you find the following information provided on this website informative. I'd like to take a minute to highlight a few aspects of our training program that may be helpful to you in your decision-making process.
The CPS training program utilizes a developmental mentorship training philosophy. Our program is designed to build upon previously acquired skills and knowledge, fostering the competencies for delivering professional psychological services. We provide graduated learning opportunities with increased responsibility as the year progresses, and focus on the developmental process and transitions of interns as they move from student/learner in the classroom, to learner/practitioner in the field, to entry-level professional psychologist. As a staff, we are committed to providing ethical, culturally competent mentoring throughout the internship training experience. Intern growth and maturation occur under the guidance of licensed psychologists and other licensed mental health professionals, who value the reciprocal nature of learning within supportive and challenging mentor relationships.
Our staff members are strong generalists with a variety of specialty areas. As part of their professional development, interns may choose an area of clinical/theoretical focus during the internship year, and apprentice with a mentor in a supportive relationship marked by an individualized pace of learning. This learning is enhanced by the development of safety and trust between apprentice and mentor, which allows for appropriate levels of self-reflection and challenge, and we value the privacy of apprentice-mentor communications. Supervisors will communicate about the content of the apprenticeship relationship when ethical violations or other issues of competence arise when general feedback regarding an intern's professional development is offered as part of our assessment process, and other times when deemed necessary given the supervisor's professional judgment.
An important aspect of our philosophy, which is infused throughout our training, is our center's commitment to celebrating and honoring diversity in our relationships, practices, policies, and procedures. We strive to foster an environment of respect for differences and continually work toward creating a safe, affirming, and inclusive environment for all individuals.
Selecting an internship site is an important decision. We hope that you will find our program to be a good fit for your training needs and goals in the upcoming year.
You will find a complete description of our training program, including links to our internship handbook and policies and procedures for training on this web page. If, after reviewing the materials, you have any questions about our training program, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone:
Majeda Humeidan, Ph.D.
Assistant Director/Training Director
The mission of Counseling and Psychological Services' health services psychology internship training program at Ohio University is to provide a generalist practitioner training in the areas of psychological counseling, education, and consultation to the Ohio University community.
We strive to offer services that promote emotional, physical, and social well-being for Ohio University students facing adjustment and developmental challenges, as well as a broad range of psychological problems while respecting and appreciating all cultural identities of our student population. Further, our goal is to prepare generalist practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed for the successful entry-level practice of careers in psychology.
Philosophy of Training
At Ohio University's Counseling and Psychological Services, interns engage in structured training and professional practice designed to provide a sequence of increasingly complex professional experiences, roles, and responsibilities. As confidence and competency increase, interns learn by becoming progressively more independent while retaining access to consultation, training, and support. By the end of the internship year, interns are expected to be ready to function as autonomous, entry-level practitioners with an intermediate-to-advanced level of competency in all professional areas.
To accomplish this, the training program at Ohio University uses the Developmental Mentorship Model. We help interns build on previous skills and knowledge with hands-on learning opportunities as full-time practitioners in training under the guidance of skilled clinicians. We emphasize the dynamic relationship between the larger conversations going on in the scientific field of psychology and the more intimate conversations going on between the mentor and the apprentice.
The basic components of our training program are a strong emphasis on the growth process of the interns throughout their experience of socialization into the field of professional psychology and the amount and quality of supervision and mentoring the intern receives from experienced clinicians.
Description of Internship Activities
Professional Issues and Ethics Series
One hour per week, all year
This seminar addresses ethical issues, multicultural and diversity issues, and issues of professional development and entry into the field of professional psychology. Presentations by staff members, community professionals, and interns cover a wide range of topics based on the intern group's needs and special topics that are of interest to them.
Group Supervision of Supervision
Summer intensive, two hours per week, fall and spring semester
Provides training and preparation for supervision of master's level trainees at CPS.
Group Therapy Seminar/Supervision
Summer intensives, one-and-a-half hours per week, fall and spring semester
Provides didactic training on group theory and facilitation and ongoing supervision of groups co-led by interns.
Outreach and Consultation Seminar
Summer intensives, meets twice per month through fall semester, as needed in spring semester
This seminar will provide an overview of theory, models, and techniques of consultation and outreach, including how to design and implement programming and foster collaborations across campus. The amount of supervision of these activities decreases over the course of the year as interns move toward operating more autonomously.
Clinical Team Meetings
One hour per week, all year
All interns join with senior staff for one hour of clinical consultation weekly. This meeting provides an opportunity to distribute new clients, as well as receive support, feedback, and suggestions for particularly interesting or challenging clients, or those where some factor(s) present potential ethical/legal conflicts. This is also a forum to discuss emerging, critical clinical issues from the university community: recent university crises or emerging situations likely to lead to a crisis, such as severe conflict in a program, a student death, an attempted suicide, etc. This meeting is used, at times, for professional development topics of interest to the staff, especially those related to supervision. The meetings are informal in format, and all participants are invited and encouraged to bring in relevant information, viewpoints, or case materials.
1.5 hours per week (once per month Fall; and three times per month Spring)
This topical seminar series addresses issues related to diversity, equity, and social justice. Interns are asked to reflect on various topics as they relate to themselves, their self-growth, development as clinicians and mental workers. The format will involve readings, videos, presentations, and discussions. Some level of vulnerability and personal exploration is expected. Interns will integrate concepts into various areas of work during their internship year, including clinical work, outreach, and a final presentation on working across differences.
Individual Clinical Supervision
Two hours per week, all year
Intern supervision is a priority of the program and is geared to the intern's level of professional development. Each intern receives a minimum of two hours of individual supervision weekly. All primary supervisors are licensed psychologists. As might benefit the intern, other staff contribute supplementary supervision in areas such as group work, consultation and outreach, etc. Interns will be evaluated by their clinical supervisors at the midyear and endpoint of their internship by each of their clinical supervisors (please see the Internship Handbook for a sample evaluation form). The evaluations will include feedback from all staff members who had worked with the intern during that evaluation period and will be shared with the intern's home department.
Note: CPS does not complete additional evaluation forms from academic departments. If this is a requirement of your department, please check with them about this policy.
Two–four times per month
Please see the Internship Handbook link for a tentative list of available apprenticeship rotations) Clinicians at CPS have expertise in a number of areas, whether clinically (i.e. eating disorders, substance abuse), other service areas (i.e. diversity training, group therapy, outreach), or administratively (i.e. training, clinic management) for which they offer specific mentorship. Interns will need to choose one area for apprenticeship that they focus on for the entire year.
Administrative and Staff Activities
Administrative Staff Meeting
One hour per week, all year
All clinical staff members, including interns, meet once a week to discuss administrative issues, such as documentation, policies and procedures, scheduling, or other issues related to running a university counseling center.
Meeting with Training Director
One–two times per month
The training director will meet with each of the interns individually once a month and as a group once a month. This is an opportunity to discuss and process any challenges, opportunities, or issues that have come up within the cohort, with supervisors, in training seminars, or in life in general. The purpose of the meetings is to keep the lines of communication open between the interns and the training director.
Professional Development Time
Interns are allowed to use professional development time to attend conferences, go on job interviews, attend home program meetings for dissertation and graduation, etc. All professional development time must be submitted in writing and approved by the training director.
Twenty-five percent of the intern's time must be spent in direct clinical service. In order to achieve this goal, interns must maintain between 15–23 clinical hours per week. Direct clinical service includes individual, couples, and group therapy, and in-person drop-in/crisis coverage. Clients at CPS represent a wide range of backgrounds and identities, presenting concerns, and levels of clinical complexity. Each intern will be able to develop both specific clinical interests and broad generalist skills.
Consultation and Outreach
Interns will engage in regular outreach and consultation programming with the campus community as representatives of CPS. Over the course of the year, each intern must complete 12 outreach programs (6 per semester). Interns will meet with the Outreach Coordinator, as necessary, to develop programs, identify opportunities, and receive feedback on their programming.
Supervision of Practicum Students
Interns are required to provide clinical supervision to at least one trainee during the internship year.
Documentation of Hours
Interns are responsible for documenting their hours on an Excel spreadsheet that is provided ahead of time. Hours can be totaled for report in the spreadsheet. A copy of the spreadsheet data needs to be submitted to the training director on a monthly basis. Interns will be given feedback about their hours a minimum of every three months.
Sample Weekly Time Allocation
|Clinical Services – 20 Hours||Hours Committed|
|Ongoing individual clients||12–14|
|Drop-in and initial consultation||4|
|Outreach – Three Hours||Hours Committed|
|Receiving/Giving Supervision – Six Hours||Hours Committed|
|Supervision of supervision||1.5|
|Areas of emphasis supervision||.5|
|Group therapy supervision||.5|
|Provision of supervision to trainee||1|
|Rotating meeting with training director||.5|
|Additional Training and Professional Development – Six Hours||Hours Committed|
|Professional and Clinical Issues Seminar||1.5|
|Group Therapy Seminar||1.5|
|Clinical team meeting consultations||.75|
|Administrative/Other Activities – Six Hours||Hours Committed|
|Preparation for supervision (with trainee)||1|
|Professional development/research time||Variable|
Total: 40 hours
To promote the development of an identity as a professional psychologist through the integration of science, theory and ethics in professional practice.
To promote the development of skills and competencies as an entry-level generalist psychologist in professional practice.
To promote the development of knowledge, skills, and awareness of the role of cultural and individual diversity in the professional practice of psychology.
See the handbook for more information on competency areas for evaluation and exit criteria, as well as evaluation, disciplinary actions, appeals, and grievance procedures.
Internship Admissions, Support and Initial Placement Data
Internship Program Admissions
|Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program's policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements.|
|We use a developmental mentorship training philosophy. The basic components are 1) a strong emphasis on the growth process of the interns throughout their experience of socialization into the field of professional psychology, and 2) the amount and quality of supervision and mentoring the intern receives from experienced clinicians. Core training experiences include individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, mental health consultation, outreach and organizational consultation, supervision of practicum students, clinical assessment, and an apprenticeship opportunity that depends on the intern's specific interest.|
|Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If yes, indicate how many.||Y/N||Amount|
|Total direct contact intervention hours||Y||400|
|Total direct contact assessment hours||N||0|
|Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants|
|Comprehensive exams passed by application deadline; Dissertation proposal approved by ranking deadline; Three years minimum of graduate training|
Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*
|Annual Stipend or Salary||Amount|
|Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?||Yes|
|Trainee contribution to cost required?||Yes|
|Coverage of family member(s) available?||Yes|
|Coverage of legally married partner available?||Yes|
|Coverage of domestic partner available?||Yes|
|Hours of annual paid personal time off (PTO and/or vacation)||20 days|
|Hours of annual paid sick leave||12 hours per month|
|In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?||Yes|
Ohio University offers a comprehensive benefits package designed to provide high-quality benefits to fit your needs and the needs of your family.
Core benefits include:
- Prescription drug
- Dental coverage
- Employee basic life insurance
- Short and long-term disability insurance
- Option to purchase additional life insurance for employee and dependents
- Health and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
- Retirement plan options
- Access to paid parking spaces in close proximity to workplace
- Paid access to fitness center
*Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table.
Candidates must be enrolled in an APA-accredited doctoral program in counseling or clinical psychology. All of the formal coursework and comprehensive examinations for the doctorate must be completed, including all supervised practicum courses. It is strongly recommended, but not required that applicants have completed their dissertation proposal by the time of the internship interview, as it is required that the dissertation proposal be defended by the time internship begins in August. A complete description of the entrance criteria is provided in the handbook.
The internship is for 12 months and carries a stipend of $31,200. Health insurance, dental insurance, retirement benefits, sick leave, and vacation time are included in the benefits package.
Internship begins on August 1
How to Apply
Applicants for internship must currently be enrolled in an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology. CPS is an APPIC member agency, participates in the APPIC Match, and agrees to abide by all APPIC policies including that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.
All applicants must complete the on-line AAPI to be considered for Ohio University's internship program. Ohio University does not require any supplemental materials be submitted with the AAPI.
A complete application will include:
- Curriculum vitae
- All graduate transcripts
- Cover letter describing how you would be a good fit with the internship program at Ohio University's Counseling and Psychological Services. Please be specific about your goals for internship and how our particular program will help you meet these goals
- Three letters of reference, at least two of which are from licensed psychologists who have supervised your clinical work
For questions or clarifications regarding the internship program or application procedures, contact:
The doctoral internship program at Counseling and Psychological Services is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
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Equal Employment and Education Opportunity/ Affirmative Action
Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) operates within the context of a university counseling center that puts a high premium on valuing diversity among people. Any trainee/intern coming to CPS would work within this value. The multicultural staff at CPS recognize that many factors including race, ethnicity, range of ability, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, culture, socioeconomic status and other unique challenges are salient in students' lives. It is our commitment to welcome all people with respect and sensitivity. CPS values all identities and we value students in all their individuality.
Joseph Bryan Conrad