THE UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO COUNSELING & TESTING CENTER
DOCTORAL INTERNSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
The internship program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation,750 First Street, NE • Washington, DC • 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979 • TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123 Fax: 202-336-5978 •
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policies
- The Association of Postdoctoral and Psychology Internship Centers (APPIC)
- The Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA)
- The Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD).
The CTC follows all university procedures when recruiting, screening and interviewing candidates for an open internship position. Diversity is an important consideration during the internship application screening process. We consider the applicant’s experience with diverse populations and their knowledge and training as it relates to multicultural counseling competencies, and the extent to which the applicant contributes to the diversity of the potential intern cohort. We welcome interns from diverse backgrounds and in no way restrict access for diversity applicants.
In accordance with the APA Multicultural Guidelines (APA, 2003) and the Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation of Programs in Professional Psychology, Domain D: Cultural and Individual Differences and Diversity, the internship program recognizes the importance of cultural and individual differences and diversity in the training of psychologists. One of the major stated goals of our internship is to train interns to “work effectively with diverse others in assessment, treatment, and consultation.” Training seminars, weekly supervision, and clinical experiences provide opportunities for interns to learn about the role of cultural and individual diversity in psychological phenomena and professional practice and to develop increased awareness, sensitivity, skill and competence in providing services to a diverse clientele.
The program has faculty, staff, interns and practicum students from differing ethnic, racial, cultural and personal backgrounds. The training program acts to ensure a supportive and encouraging learning environment appropriate for the training of diverse individuals and the provision of training opportunities for a wide spectrum of individuals. Further, the program avoids any actions that would restrict program access on grounds that are irrelevant to success in internship training or a career in professional psychology.
TERMS OF DOCTORAL INTERNSHIP
The internship is a full-time, 12-month commitment beginning August 11, 2014. Interns are scheduled to work 40 hours a week between the hours of 8am-5pm. However, the nature of counseling center work is such that interns and faculty may find that work cannot always be completed within the traditional 40-hour week. In addition, counseling center staff and interns may occasionally participate in after-hours activities, such as outreach programs or crisis intervention. Interns may accrue compensatory time for required activities that are scheduled a fter-hours or on weekends. Interns are not required to be on-call for crisis intervention after hours.
Post-Internship Employment at the CTC
Doctoral interns accept the internship without any expectation or guarantee of employment with the CTC after they have completed the internship. However, interns are welcome to apply for advertised positions at the CTC upon completion of internship. Intern job applicants are subject to the same hiring procedures as all other candidates.
The stipend is $24,500 for the 12-month internship. This is a fixed amount and does not vary regardless of the number of hours worked per week. Interns do not receive any other payments beyond the stipend.
Benefits include vacation, holiday, sick leave and health insurance. Each intern’s office is equipped with an up-to-date computer, software, printer and a camera for recording sessions. The University provides Internet and e-mail access for office and home use. Interns also have full access to the University library and inter-library loan system. Interns may also consult with the university Statistics Assistance Center if they need assistance with their dissertation research. Administrative Assistants at the CTC provide clerical support for CTC staff and interns. Technical support is available on a limited basis in-house and through the university IT office. The CTC also supports the professional development of interns by providing interns may a small allowance (based on availability of such funds) to support professional development activities such as attendance and presentations at professional conferences.
The CTC will cover the cost of Student Health Insurance for interns upon request. We are unable to provide coverage for spouses, partners or children.
Sick Leave (11 days per year)
Interns must notify the front office staff by telephone or email if they are ill and will be absent. Sick leave may be used for health reasons or medical appointments but is not intended to substitute for vacation leave. Medical appointments that are less than 2 hours do not need to be charged to sick leave.
Interns may occasionally accrue comp time for required after- hours activities. These happen rarely and are usually outreach or consultation activities. Interns must keep track of comp time using the form provided and request permission to use comp time from the Training Director.
Vacation Leave (15 days per year)
Vacation leave must be approved by the Training Director. Email request for vacation time to the TD. During the academic year, vacation leave is intended to be taken during periods when classes are not in session (Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break and Spring Break). Interns must also reserve 5 days of vacation time for the last week of internship to allow flexibility for relocating and new employment.
Professional Development Leave (5 days per year)
Interns are permitted to take an additional 4 days per year of Professional Development leave to be used for attendance at professional conferences, dissertation defense, job interviews and graduation.
Interns also receive paid holidays in addition to vacation leave.