Graduate students now have a better and easier way to accurately track their clinical hours for the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) online internship application process. A new and improved version of MyPsychTrack (MPT) is now available for mobile devices in addition to the Web.
The initial version, released last year by Liaison International, "was a little more complicated than it needed to be," says APPIC Executive Director Jeff Baker, PhD. Graduate students and internship directors who participated in focus groups said the program required too many clicks to enter and access information on clinical sites, supervisors, clients, verified hours and other categories.
In response, Liaison International redesigned the user interface. "When you go to log an activity with a client, all the information is right there online so it's easier back and forth navigation between sites," says Liaison International's Robert Montgomery. The new mobile platform allows students to enter information from smartphones or tablets.
MPT gives graduate students and doctoral candidates a more sophisticated way to track their clinical hours than using a paper and pencil, Excel spreadsheets or basic Word files. The program not only tracks hours, but also gives supervisors links to verify the number of hours and then sends that information to clinical training directors.
"Now we can monitor that information all the way through, so we think we're improving quality and accuracy," says Baker. The system caught the attention of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, which is working with APPIC to link MPT data directly to its licensure application process.
MPT's version 2.0 was released in July. APPIC and Liaison International have partnered to make it free for APPIC's 414 doctoral program associates in the United States and Canada. More information is available at MyPsychTrack.
— Rebecca Voelker
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