The Psychology Internship Development Toolkit is intended to provide resources with which to gain institutional and financial support for creating and expanding internship programs. The work group members are committed to the development of quality internships in professional psychology, and because of this commitment to our students and the profession we collaborated in providing significant and sustained energy to complete this product in a timely manner. Our hope is that the Psychology Internship Development Toolkit will help ameliorate the imbalance between the numbers of students seeking internships and the number of available positions and thereby serve the public and profession effectively.
The framework of the toolkit is organized around individual modules, each of which represents a core component related to the structure of an internship program. The modules address the following topics; rationale for developing internships, internship settings and structures, funding, legal, administrative issues, quality assurance mechanisms, mentoring resources, and emergency recovery procedures. Each was designed to be a stand alone source of information such that the user of the toolkit would readily be able to access the specific information desired, although it is hoped that many will find the entirety of the toolkit of use. Further, there are several embedded links to websites in the toolkit that will provide additional information.
Disclaimer: Much of the information contained in the toolkit is a compilation of existing resources. However, it has been developed and arranged in a manner that should facilitate easy use by those professionals interested in creating an internship in professional psychology. The reader is encouraged to follow weblinks to other documents in order to obtain additional information about specific areas. As a living document, the toolkit will need to be updated from time-to-time so that it is relevant and current. We believe that the CCTC will assure this updating process.
The Internship Toolkit was compiled and developed by a work group of CCTC. The work group committee consisted of (listed in alphabetical order):
Sharon Berry, PhD - APPIC
Clark D. Campbell, PhD (Chair) – NCSPP
Kathlyn Dailey, PhD – ACCTA
Luli Emmons, PhD – NCSPP
Catherine Grus, PhD – APA
Philinda Hutchings, PhD – NCSPP
Lorraine Mangione PhD – NCSPP
Roberta Nutt, PhD – CCPTP
Wayne Siegel, PhD – VAPTC