Appalachian Psychology Internship

The Appalachian Psychology Internship is a 12-month full-time, 2,000-hour doctoral-level internship training program located in Gallipolis, Ohio. Working alongside mental health clinicians, primary-care staff and the crisis response team, trainees receive practical experience in service delivery while developing inter-professional skills for consultation and integration of care. Through the Appalachian Psychology Internship, we strive to provide a supportive learning environment, tailored to meet the diverse strengths and needs of each of our trainees.

The mission of the Appalachian Psychology Internship is to produce graduates who are prepared for the entry-level practice of professional psychology in rural areas

Program Goals

Core Components

We believe that the internship year should be devoted primarily to activities of professional psychology and that science should guide all clinical practice. The core of the internship training is in clinical activities consisting of assessment, therapy, consultation, supervision, and didactics. Practice and science are integrated through a focus on research-informed clinical work, didactic presentations of scientific information relevant to clinical practice, and supervision that emphasizes use of research, along with in vivo observation and feedback. We also use empirically validated assessments and treatment practices. Graduates of the program are expected to integrate their clinical training with their knowledge and understanding of research findings in their practice. The overall goal for the Internship is to produce graduates who are prepared for entry-level practice of professional psychology in rural areas.

Our model of training emphasizes three components: 

(1) the importance of combining practice with science (practitioner-scholar model), 

(2) sequential and comprehensive training over the course of the internship year, and 

(3) establishment of intern professional identity.

The training staff view internship training as a developmental process, in which mentoring relationships with licensed professionals assist interns in moving from a student role to increasing independence and identity in the field.

Accreditation Status

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

The Appalachian Psychology Internship Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation.

American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979

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