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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

MMPIC

Mid-Michigan Psychology Internship Consortium (MMPIC)

INTRODUCTION TO MMPIC

Welcome to the Mid-Michigan Psychology Internship Consortium (MMPIC) pre-doctoral psychology internship! The mission of the Mid-Michigan Psychology Internship Consortium is to train scientist-practitioners who approach their work within an ecological framework. MMPIC offers intensive, structured training experiences with a school-aged population at the individual, family, school, and systems-level.

The five consortium internship sites are:

  • Ingham Intermediate School District (Mason, MI)
  • Psychology Internship in Integrated Behavioral Health and Pediatric Psychology, housed in Michigan Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Division of Pediatric Psychology (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Saginaw Public Schools (Saginaw, MI)
  • Sunfield Center for Autism, ADHD, and Behavioral Health (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Thriving Minds Behavioral Health Center (Brighton, MI)

The internship program is one full year (12 months/2000 hours) in duration. The consortium accepts applicants from school and clinical psychology doctoral programs, and preference is given to interns from accredited programs. Only interns from school psychology programs will be considered for placement at the Ingham Intermediate School District and the Saginaw Public Schools.

MMPIC is defined by its commitment to offering a well-rounded, comprehensive, and unified training program. Interns apply for and are admitted to MMPIC and not to individual agencies. While intern responsibilities and supervision are coordinated at individual sites, interns will attend some seminars, case consultation, and didactic training (e.g., case conferences, seminars, in-service training, or grand rounds) together as a cohort. As such, interns develop competencies in assessment, intervention, and consultation within an ecological framework, though daily activities may vary considerably from site to site.

MMPIC is currently aligned with CDSPP training standards.  Please see our brochure for more information.

Internship Training

Culturally Competent Training

The MMPIC is committed to the value of diversity and the richness of human differences. Our service and training mission requires that the consortium serve people of all backgrounds with the expectation of respectful, culturally-appropriate treatment and service. In particular, the consortium recognizes that stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination have affected training and programming practices in the mental health field.

We believe that we benefit from the perspectives of those who differ by gender, ethnicity, race, culture, sexual orientation, age, religious beliefs, socio-economic class, and varying abilities.  Thus, the consortium’s policies and procedures, as well as its activities, associations, and interactions with the community, reflect and promote the dignity and worth of the individual and the value and strength of diversity in the community. We encourage diverse individuals to apply to our program and seek out opportunities to serve diverse clients and systems.

MMPIC has taken a number of steps to help our interns gain experiences with diverse clients and professionals. Our training curriculum aimed to cultivate cultural competence includes:

  • Training Seminars: Interns attend trainings where they receive didactic instruction in diversity topics. Beginning at orientation, training supervisors engage in discussion regarding power differentials and discuss differences related to language, race and ethnicity, and LGBTQ status in professional settings as well as in service delivery.
  • Videos: Interns will view videos about cross-cultural service delivery where skills are modeled. They will discuss with one another what they have learned and how it applies to their own cases and settings.
  • Assigned Readings: Interns will prepare for trainings by reading articles regarding diversity topics.
  • Supervision: Supervisors will reflect on the process of cross-cultural supervision and will help interns critically examine how culture influences their interactions with clients.

Commitment to Excellence in Training

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The consortium’s affiliation with Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, and Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan helps to maintain the training perspective. Dr. Aupperlee, training co-director, is the Clinical Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, and the other training co-director, Dr. Barrett, has trained students across university- and systems-level positions. All recruited consortium sites have demonstrated their commitment to collaborative, high-quality training over time and they all have a history of valuing students, providing strong supervision, and fostering high intern satisfaction. The consortium supervisors are committed to having interns develop competence across domains. So, rather than interns only completing revenue-generating activities, interns will develop their competencies through a broad array of carefully-supervised activities.

Each intern will receive at least 100 hours of regularly scheduled, individual supervision plus an additional 100 hours of supervision. Interns will participate in at least two hours of individual supervision a week and two hours of didactic training activities such as case conferences, seminars, in-service training, or grand rounds.