Learning Elements

All interns receive a minimum of two hours of individual supervision and three hours of group supervision each week. Two hours of group supervision each week are held with all members of the psychology training program (psychology trainee(s), psychology doctoral interns, and psychology postdoctoral fellow(s). The remaining hour of group supervision is held during the days interns complete their weekly CSU rotation. Individual and group supervision involves clinical, scientific, ethics, and professional aspects. Members of the training committee and adjunct supervisors provide weekly individual and group supervision experiences. Individual supervision will be provided by a licensed psychologist. Whenever possible, training opportunities, including didactics and group supervision will occur on Wednesdays.

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

Individual Supervision

Group Supervision

Didactics & Training Experiences

Each intern will receive two hours of individual supervision per week. Clinical aspects of supervision include a review of client progress, discussion of client status, discussion of therapeutic techniques and interventions, review of case notes, consultation notes, and treatment plans, clinical case reviews, and information for assessment (e.g., case conceptualization, selection of assessment measures, review of protocols). Additionally, discussions of therapeutic techniques and interventions are regularly held. Issues related to diversity, professional behavior and ethics will also be explored. For example, interns may need assistance with professional identity and ethical issues related to rural practice. When appropriate, interns will be assigned research articles to advance their knowledge of topics addressed in supervision.

Each intern will receive two hours of psychology team-specific group supervision per week. Group supervision sessions will be divided among internship committee members, and shared with adjunct psychology staff. In addition, each intern will receive an additional hour of group supervision with an interdisciplinary treatment team each week during the day they complete their CSU rotation. Group supervision will include case discussions and professional issues. Each intern will formally present cases in group supervision, a minimum of two case conceptualizations, throughout the year. Ideally, interns will present two psychotherapy cases and one to two assessment cases throughout the year. A format will be given to each intern at the beginning of the training year.

Interns will receive two hours of didactic training per week. Didactic topics include ethics and evidence based practice in both assessment and therapy. Didactics include a variety of topics, such as developmental trauma, Multicultural Issues in Assessment, and DBT. While diversity is embedded in all training activities, interns will be provided with didactics on Appalachian culture and diversity in clinical practice. Interns will also attend the Tri State Diversity and Inclusion Conference, a regional event which brings together subject matter experts and others who recognize the importance of achieving and embracing diversity throughout our local communities and beyond, thereby providing relevant and actionable guidance on matters related to diversity. In group supervision, interns will discuss what they learned during the conference and how they can apply this knowledge in their current setting.

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
Email: apaaccred@apa.org

Questions or Request?

Contact appalachianpsychologyinternship@hopewellhealth.org