Doctoral internships: highlights from SoA

A summary of changes from the G&P to the proposed SoA for doctoral internships.

Doctoral internships

What has not changed? 
  • Internships can be full time or part time (Standard I.A.2.c).
  • Programs can be locate in one institution, they can be affiliated with a specific doctoral program, or they can be in consortia (Standard I.A.2.c).
  • Internship must be one year full time or two years part time (Standard I.A.2.d).
  • Standards for education and training of health service psychologists are the same for programs in secular and faith based settings (formerly Footnote 4 — Standard I.B.2).
  • Interns must be funded (Standard I.C.3.a).
  • Interns receive at least four (4) hours of supervision per week — at least two (2) in individual supervision by a doctoral-level licensed psychologist and at least two (2) additional hours supervised by appropriately credentialed health care professionals (Standard II.C.3.b-c).
  • Flexibility in regard to how competencies are achieved by interns and assessed by faculty/supervisors (Standards II.B-D).
  • Demonstration by the program that outcomes have been achieved as appropriate for the program aims (Standard II.D.) — including those that are part of:
    1. SoA competencies.
    2. Program specific competencies.
  • Importance of diversity:
    1. In policies and procedures to ensure nondiscrimination (Standard I.E).
    2. As a competency (Standard II.A.2.d).
    3. In recruitment of interns (Standard III.A.2) and staff recruitment and retention (Standard IV.B.1).
    4. In creating an environment that nurtures all interns for success (Standard IV.B.2).
    5. Minimum of two interns in an accredited program (Standard III.A.3).
    6. Requirements for clear and accurate public information (Standard V.A).
What has changed?
  • Move from “professional psychology” to Health Service Psychology (Standard I.A.1 — defined further in the glossary).
  • Integrate the concepts currently found in Footnote 4 of the G&P into the SoA (Standard I.C.2).
  • Along with a stipend, wherever possible, basic support for health/medical insurance should be in place to protect the welfare of interns and their families (Standard I.C.3.a).
  • Additional requirements for documentation of student records and their retention (Standard I.D.4).
  • Place competencies and their assessment together in the SoA (Standard II).
    1. Replace “model” with program aims and a set of profession-wide competencies (Standard II.B). A set of profession-wide competencies was derived through a multi-step process that identified points of consensus across the various sets of competencies in the literature.
    2. Required profession-wide competency areas included in SoA:
      1. Evidence-based practice in intervention.
      2. Evidence-based practice in assessment.
      3. Ethical and legal standards.
      4. Individual and cultural diversity.
      5. Research.
      6. Professional values and attitudes.
      7. Communication and interpersonal skills.
      8. Consultation/interprofessional/interdisciplinary.
      9. Supervision.
      10. Reflective practice.
    3. Specific requirements for each competency area defined within Implementing Regulations to allow for CoA modification/adjustment in response to changes in the field and to differentiate specific competencies by level of training, as appropriate.
  • Each intern evaluation must be based in part on direct observation (either live or video/electronic) of the intern (Standard II.D.1.a.iv).
  • Require demonstration that program has met profession-wide competencies for Health Service Psychology and program-specified competencies (if applicable) (Standard II.D.2).
  • Require programs to engage in review of effectiveness of their diversity practices for students (Standard III.A.1.b) and faculty (Standard IV.B.2).
  • Clarify required communication between doctoral program and internship (Standard V.A.3).