APA Health Services Psychology
Doctoral Internship FAQs
Does this program prepare students to be health service psychologists? If so, what does that mean?
The UCTC’s internship is in alignment with the American Psychological Association’s training model in health service psychology. APA has made this change to reflect that advances in psychological science have shifted a primary focus on mental health to a focus on being a health profession in a broader sense. This term does not signify that this is an internship that focuses primarily on behavioral health or primary care settings. This internship maintains its primary focus, which is to prepare doctoral interns to be well versed in the skills and responsibilities associated with a counseling center psychologist, while also supporting interns interested in other areas of practice such as academia or community counseling. Psychologists are recognized as Health Service Providers if they are duly trained and experienced in the delivery of preventive, assessment, diagnostic and therapeutic intervention services relative to the psychological and physical health of consumers based on: 1) having completed scientific and professional training resulting in a doctoral degree in psychology; 2) having completed an internship and supervised experience in health care settings; and 3) having been licensed as psychologists at the independent practice level” (APA,1996; APA, 2011). Please see APA's site for more information about health service psychology and the competencies that APA has designated for this next step in our profession.
How can I get a feel of your center and staff?
Watch the following video introducing you to some of the UCTC, describing our strengths and challenges, as well as giving you a tour of our campus and the UCTC. Our goal with the video is to help you get a "feel" of our internship program in a way that you can't from the content of this website. Enjoy!
UCTC Training Video
How do I get application materials?
All materials must be available for review on-line by our Due Date of Nov 4, 2016 at 8am PST. Complete the Uniform Internship Application, APPI, found on the APPIC web site at www.appic.org then click on 'APPI On-Line'.
Interested applicants should submit:
- A completed Uniform Internship Application (which can be accessed on the APPIC website)
- Current vita
- Cover Letter: In your cover letter explain why you believe you would be a good fit with the internship program at the University of Oregon Counseling and Testing Center. Be specific about your goals for internship and how our program - in particular - will help you meet these goals. Please also note which rotations or concentrations you would like to focus on during internship, and how that fits into your training goals
- Official graduate transcripts
- Three current letters of references, including two letters from clinical supervisors. (One should be a recent supervisor.)
- We require that one of your three letters be written by a clinical staff member in a university counseling center at which you have worked or completed a practicum.
- We require that letter writers use the APPIC Form for Letters of Recommendation that is available on the AAPI website. We will no longer be accepting traditional letters in in order to be consistent with other training sites and keep our selection process as fair as possible.
Do I need to have work or practica experience providing direct service to students in a college counseling center?
YES. As our APPIC directory profile has indicated, we require that students have some previous experience in a college/university counseling center. This experience could be in the health/counseling center at a college/university but not a separate department such as the departmental clinic that serves students and the larger geographical community. The purpose for this requirement is that we have found over the years that it is a better fit with our site if interns understand the role of a college/university counseling center, have at least some experience in this type of setting, and have passion around working in this type of setting. Other clinical practica settings in addition to a counseling center is also well received as this broadens one's clinical skills.
When does the UCTC require you to have your dissertation proposal approved?
We require that students have their dissertations proposed by the date in which training directors have to rank their intern applicants. This year, that day falls on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016. This is one of our minimum requirements for being accepted as a doctoral psychology intern at the UCTC. If your proposal defense date is close to the rank list deadline, the training director will follow up with the intern applicant and home program DCT to ensure that the proposal was defended and approved.
Does our university require criminal background checks?
YES: Effective August 2008, the University of Oregon requires a background check that verifies that candidates have no criminal or other record that would preclude employment in the University's judgment. These background checks will be conducted following the APPIC Match, and offers will be contingent successfully completing the background check. A full explanation of this policy is available at https://hr.uoregon.edu/recruit/background-checks/criminal-credit-and-related-background-checks.
Do we accept contracts from your home university programs?
No. If you are accepted for an internship at the University of Oregon, you will have a contract with the University of Oregon and thus we cannot enter into another contract with a different university as well.
Do you accept applications from international students?
Yes! In addition to US citizens and US permanent residents, international student applicants on an F-1 student visa with a CPT appointment are encouraged to apply for our doctoral internship program. We can talk about how to make your CPT a few days less than a full year so that you are able to obtain an OPT visa the following year. Please contact us via email@example.com and we can talk through options for eligibility to our internship program.
Do I have to send letters from a clinical supervisor and counseling center staff member?
Yes. We need a letter from a counseling center staff member who recently supervised your practicum or other clinical work at a university counseling center. The reason for this is to have a clinical supervisor who understands counseling center settings speak to whether you're a good fit with a college mental health internship setting. In addition, our main purpose with the reference letters is to have it be someone who knows you and your clinical skills well. Even though a recent supervisor at a university counseling center site is preferred, if you only have one practicum at a UCC, and it was earlier in your training, we would still find this more beneficial than not including any letters from a UCC supervisor. When applicants send letters from people other than those we've requested, it sometimes puts us in the position of wondering whether the applicant avoided having that person write the letter because it wouldn't be a good letter. So, please send the letters we have requested. On the other hand, if you feel there is more than one additional person who can attest to your qualifications, please feel free to send letters from them as well. You will not be penalized for sending more than three letters although we may have each reviewer read only three.
Do I have to be from an APA-accredited university?
Yes. We only rank applicants from APA-accredited programs, so it will be necessary that your program be fully accredited prior to your interview. In other words, if your program is not accredited by the time we offer you an interview, we would not include you on our rank order list even if you successfully made it through our screening process. We are now also accepting applications from programs that are accredited through the Canadian Psychological Association.
Who is involved in training?
Everyone on the staff at the UCTC is involved with some aspect of training. Primary supervision is provided by senior clinical staff who are licensed in Oregon. All clinical staff take part in training seminars, secondary consultation, mentoring, co-leading therapy groups, and other internship activities. Administrative staff work closely with interns in such areas as the transition to the internship, clinical and administrative record keeping, scheduling, and computer and audio-visual support.
How does the UCTC reflect its commitment to individual and cultural differences?
The UCTC staff represents a wide range of cultural and individual diversity, and individuals who are dedicated to the intentional inclusion of multicultural competence in all areas of their work. The staff reflects differences in racial and ethnic background, national origin, sexual orientation, religion and spirituality, age, and gender. Our entire staff shares the goal of providing sensitive, high quality services to diverse people. We strive to create an environment where all people feel welcome. We attempt to facilitate mutual respect and understanding among people of diverse racial, ethnic, national, and cultural backgrounds, sexual/affectional orientation, mental and physical abilities, language, class, gender, age, body size, religion/spiritual beliefs, as well as other types of diversity. As a staff, we are addressing issues of multiculturalism in our clinical work, seminar training, programming, consultation and outreach, and staff development.
Cultural and individual diversity is infused throughout all aspects of the intern’s learning environment. This infusion occurs through staff attention to diversity issues as they arise in the natural course of the interns’ service delivery, collegial interaction, supervision, and through explicit didactic focus. Specific examples of internship activities that focus on awareness of individual and cultural differences include attendance at professional staff development workshops with senior clinical staff on a variety of topics related to multiculturalism (e.g.multicultural supervision), participation in a process-oriented intern multicultural seminar throughout the year, optional attendance at summer brown-bag lunches to watch diversity related videos, and participation in rotations that involve working with culturally diverse students.
What rotations/concentration areas are available?
Interns usually participate in the same rotation all year, but for some interns they may choose a a different concentration each term. Rotation decisions are established in the first few weeks of orientation. Intern preferences are highly considered in the assignment of these rotations so that interns can select rotations that are of most interest to them based on their professional development needs. Many rotations are already established and interns can simply step right into them and begin working. Interns may be interested in working in areas not currently established as rotation/concentration areas and can work with the Training Director to develop new rotations.
Rotations that have recently been available to interns have included facilitating a class for Counseling Diverse Populations Class; Multicultural rotation focused on International Student Services, Students of Color or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Programs; Eating Disorders Treatment; Substance Abuse Treatment; Trauma Intervention; Training and Supervision; Personality Assessment, Group Therapy; and University Health Center Rotation.
How many hours per week do interns work and what is the stipend?
Generally, interns work 40-45 hours on average per week, with approximately 25 hours being spent in direct service. During the summer months and slower break periods, interns tend to work 40 hours per week at most. During fall, winter, and spring academic terms, they work closer to 45 hours with a few 50 hour weeks. The salary is $28,000.00 and interns receive the same health benefits package as do the permanent senior clinical staff which is excellent. Interns’ domestic partners and spouses are also eligible for these benefits. Interns accrue 180 hours of vacation leave (22.5 days), but they are required to take 80 hours (10 days) during the last two weeks of the internship. Interns are encouraged to take most of remaining hours during break periods so that clinical services are not interrupted. Interns also use vacation leave for job interviews, usually in the Winter and Spring term.
Who should I contact if my question is not answered above?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will either respond to you directly or forward the question to the appropriate person.
The University Counseling and Testing Center's internship is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20002-4242. Ph.(202)336-5979 or (202)336-6123 TDD.
This is a 12-month, 2000 hour internship that begins on August 22, 2016 and ends on August 21, 2017.
This page was last updated April 15th, 2016.