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CREATING AN INTERNSHIP CONSORTIUM Linda K. Knauss, Ph.D., ABPP NCSPP 2007
Definition American Psychological Association Committee on Accreditation Guidelines and Principles Domain C Program Resources The program demonstrates that it possess resources of appropriate quality and sufficiency to achieve its training goals and objectives.
Internship Consortium An internship program may consist of, or be located under, a single administrative entity (institution, agency, school, department, etc.) or may take the form of a consortium.
Internship Consortium A consortium is comprised of multiple independently administered entities which have, in writing, formally agreed to pool resources to conduct a training or education program. Written consortial agreements should articulate:
Content of Agreements The nature and characteristics of the participating entities; The rationale for the consortial partnership;
Content of Agreements Each partner’s commitment to the training/education program, its philosophy, model, and goals; Each partner’s obligations regarding contributions and access to resources;
Content of Agreements Each partner’s adherence to central control and coordination of the training program; and Each partner’s commitment to uniform administration and implementation of the program’s training principles, policies, and procedures addressing trainee/student admission, financial support, training resource access, potential performance expectations, and evaluations.
Internship Consortium An individual consortial partner (member entity) of an accredited consortium may not publicize itself as independently accredited unless it also has independently applied for and received accreditation.
Agency Administered Consortium Two or more agencies cooperate in offering an internship program. The program may consist of one or more rotations. The agencies centralize the management of the internship and there is one internship director.
Agency Administered Consortium The internship director assigns interns to rotations and determines the sequence of training. Students apply to the internship in a manner similar to that for single agency internships. These internships may or may not be affiliated with a doctoral program.
Agency Administered Consortium The agencies pool their funds to provide internship stipends. The agencies pool their resources to provide training. One agency may have a library Another agency may provide an ethics seminar Another agency may provide assessment software
Agency Administered Consortium Agencies work together to provide one integrated internship training program. Agencies that could not provide internship training on their own can have a training program through a consortium. Agencies that could not be accredited on their own can be accredited through a consortium.
Modified Consortium Widener University Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology (IGCP) APA Approved Pre-doctoral Internship This administrative entity is the psychology internship site.
Modified Consortium This is a 2-year, half-time exclusively affiliated integrated internship that is an essential component of the doctor of psychology program Exclusively affiliated means that only students from IGCP are accepted into the internship and all students at ICGP participate in it.
Modified Consortium Integrated means that students continue to receive training in the doctoral program during their internship training. Thus academic work and clinical field experiences are integrated.
Modified Consortium Most of the didactic training of the internship program is provided through the doctoral program. Students attend classes two days per week during their internship years. Classes include case conferences which serve as advanced group supervision.
Modified Consortium The rotation sites where Widener interns receive their clinical training do not have an agreement with each other to pool resources to conduct a training program, nor do they have a written agreement with each other. The rotation sites work with the IGCP to conduct a training program, and each rotation site has a formal written contract with the IGCP.
Modified Consortium The contract with Widener University (IGCP) includes: Each rotation’s commitment to the training/education program; Each rotation’s philosophy, model, and goals; Each rotation’s obligations regarding contributions and access to resources;
Modified Consortium The contract with Widener University (IGCP) includes: Each rotation’s adherence to coordination of the training program by the IGCP; and Each rotation’s commitment to the administration and implementation of the program’s training principles, policies, and procedures by the IGCP.
Modified Consortium Each rotation provides payment to Widener University for the intern’s services. Thus the intern is not an employee of the rotation site. Widener University either pays the intern directly, or uses the stipend to offset tuition.
Modified Consortium Every internship rotation completes a Descriptive Outline document which describes the characteristics of the rotation. These Descriptive Outlines are kept on file in the IGCP and used by prospective interns to help them decide which rotations they would like to complete.
Modified Consortium Each intern completes two rotations. Each rotation is approximately 1200 hours. 3 days per week for 12 months
Modified Consortium The IGCP at Widener University is the administrative entity responsible for the internship. The internship is fully integrated with the doctoral program at Widener University. The internship director is a faculty member at the IGCP.
Modified Consortium The IGCP internship director assigns the interns to interview at various rotations and makes the final matches between the interns and the rotations. The IGCP also develops the performance expectations and evaluations. All intern evaluations are sent to the IGCP internship director.
Modified Consortium Thus each rotation is a partner with the IGCP, but not with each other. No individual rotation publicizes itself as independently accredited.
Modified Consortium Rotations can be part of an APA accredited internship without meeting all of the accreditation standards alone. A rotation may have only one intern while the consortium has many interns at many rotations. A rotation may not have assessment materials, but the IGCP has these materials for the use of the interns.
Conclusion Both traditional and modified consortiums provide additional opportunities for internship training. The APA Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation encourage “…institutional freedom, ongoing improvement of educational institutions and training programs, sound educational experimentation, and constructive innovation”.