The University of Idaho Counseling & Testing Center
Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology
The internship program is 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 •
- 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).
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policies
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.
Additional Selection Policies
The CTC agrees to adhere to the APPIC Match Policies. Adherence to these poli-cies is a condition of membership in APPIC and of participation in the APPIC Match and/or Post-Match Vacancy Service.
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 (40 hours per week), 12-month commitment beginning August 11, 2014 and ending August 7, 2015. 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 after-hours or on weekends. Interns must submit requests for use of compensatory time to the TD for approval. 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 CTC does not currently offer a post-doctoral residency.
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. Taxes are not deducted from 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.
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.
Clerical & Technical Support
The CTC has 2 full-time administrative assistants who provide clerical support for CTC staff and interns. They take and relay messages, assist with scheduling, maintain client files and perform other routine tasks such as photocopying, scanning and faxing documents. They are also responsible for maintaining intern files, submitting payroll information for interns; tracking and recording sick and vacation leave time; and providing assistance with the intern application process and orientation for new interns.
The university ITS office and HELP desk provides technical support for computers. Interns also have full access to the University library and inter-library loan system. In-terns may also consult with the University Statistics Assistance Center if they need assistance with their dissertation research.
Interns are eligible for limited financial support (contingent upon the availability of funds) to attend professional conferences and workshops. Priority is given to support interns who will be presenters at conferences.
Sick Leave (12 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 legitimate health reasons or medical appointments but is not intended to substitute for vacation leave. Interns are responsible for checking in with faculty supervisors regarding making up any missed training activities. Medical appointments that are less than 2 hours should be designated as a Medical Appointment rather than sick leave in Titanium. Medical appointments that exceed 2 hours should be designated as Sick Leave in Titanium. Interns are responsible for monitoring and managing their Sick Leave time to make sure that they do not exceed their allotted leave time. Interns will receive periodic updates of their leave balances or may request an update at any time.
Vacation Leave (15 days per year)
Vacation leave must be approved by the Training Director. Submit requests to the TD via email. 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. Interns are responsible for checking in with faculty supervisors regarding making up any missed training or supervision activities. Interns are responsible for monitoring and managing their Vacation Leave time to make sure that they do not exceed their allotted leave time. Interns will receive periodic updates of their leave balances or may request an update at any time.
Professional Development Leave (5 days per year)
Interns are permitted to take an additional 5 days per year of Professional Develop-ment leave to be used for dissertation defense, job interviews and graduation. Interns are responsible for monitoring and managing their Professional Development Leave time to make sure that they do not exceed their allotted leave time. Interns will receive periodic updates of their leave balances or may request an update at any time.
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 “Comp. Time Tracking” form provided and submit the form to the Training Director for approval.
The UI has 11 paid holidays. Days that the University is designated as “Closed to the Public” are not paid holidays.
Sept 1 Labor Day
- Nov 27 Thanksgiving Day
- Nov 28 Thanksgiving Friday
- Dec 23 University Closed to the Public
- Dec 24 Christmas Eve
- Dec 25 Christmas Day
- Dec 26 University Closed to the Public
- Dec 29 University Closed to the Public
- Dec 30 University Closed to Public
- Dec 31 New Year’s Eve
- Jan 1 New Year’s Day
- Jan 2 University Closed to Public
- Jan 19 Martin Luther King Jr and Idaho Human Rights Day
- Feb 16 President's Day
- May 23 Memorial Day
- July 4 Independence Day