Psychology Internship Development Toolkit

Preface

The toolkit is intended to provide resources that can be used to facilitate institutional and financial support for creating and expanding internship programs.

Originally published February 2010, this November 2013 revision adds new information, deletes outdated information, and provides updated web links to various resources. 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 revision in a timely manner. Our hope is that the 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.

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 web links 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.

Council of Chairs of Training Councils (CCTC)

The Psychology Internship Development Toolkit was envisioned by CCTC to assist psychologists with information about developing internships in professional psychology. CCTC is composed of training councils in professional psychology, and therefore the vision for the toolkit was broad-based and designed to partially address concerns with the current internship imbalance. A work group of CCTC compiled the toolkit in 2010, and revised it in 2013:

  • Chair: Clark D. Campbell, PhD
  • Kevin Antshel, PhD
  • Sharon Berry, PhD
  • Rupal Bonli, PhD
  • Jenny Cornish, PhD
  • Kathlyn Dailey, PhD
  • Luli Emmons, PhD
  • Catherine Grus, PhD
  • Philinda Hutchings, PhD
  • Lorraine Mangione PhD
  • Roberta Nutt, PhD
  • Wayne Siegel, PhD
  • Mike Vanderwood, PhD

Together, these psychologists represent several groups that participate in CCTC and have a vested interest in professional education and training in psychology:

  • American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA).
  • Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).
  • Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP).
  • Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP).
  • Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP).
  • National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP).
  • VA Psychology Training Council (VAPTC).