Doctoral internships: highlights from SoA
A summary of changes from the G&P to the proposed SoA for 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:
- SoA competencies.
- Program specific competencies.
- Importance of diversity:
- In policies and procedures to ensure nondiscrimination (Standard I.E).
- As a competency (Standard II.A.2.d).
- In recruitment of interns (Standard III.A.2) and staff recruitment and retention (Standard IV.B.1).
- In creating an environment that nurtures all interns for success (Standard IV.B.2).
- Minimum of two interns in an accredited program (Standard III.A.3).
- 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).
- 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.
- Required profession-wide competency areas included in SoA:
- Evidence-based practice in intervention.
- Evidence-based practice in assessment.
- Ethical and legal standards.
- Individual and cultural diversity.
- Professional values and attitudes.
- Communication and interpersonal skills.
- Reflective practice.
- 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).