Mid-Michigan Psychology Internship Consortium (MMPIC)
INTRODUCTION TO MMPIC
Welcome to the Mid-Michigan Psychology Internship Consortium (MMPIC) pre-doctoral psychology internship! MMPIC is an Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) member site. MMPIC includes faculty from Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, and the University of Michigan. The four MMPIC sites are:
- 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/Chelsea, MI)
The mission of the Mid-Michigan Psychology Internship Consortium is to train scientist-scholar-practitioners in health service psychology who conceptualize their work with children, adolescents, and transition-age students from an ecological systems perspective. MMPIC offers intensive, structured training experiences with a diverse population at the individual, family, school, and systems-level by consulting and collaborating with caregivers, family members, school professionals, medical professionals, and other important stakeholders to support client care. MMPIC values evidence-based practices that take into consideration individual, cultural, ethnic, and societal differences. Interns are trained to engage in scholarly inquiry and are expected to apply learned knowledge in their clinical practice.
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 are considered for placement at 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 individual sites, though all sites are under the same leadership. Interns are a part of a larger consortium cohort across all participating sites. While intern responsibilities and supervision are coordinated at individual sites, interns attend seminars, case consultation, and didactic training together as a cohort at all four sites and at Michigan State University. As a result, all interns develop competencies and deep understanding of assessment, intervention, and consultation within an ecological framework, though their daily activities may vary considerably from site to site.
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 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.
- Assigned Readings: Interns prepare for trainings by reading articles regarding diversity topics.
- Supervision: Supervisors 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
The consortium's affiliation with Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, and Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan maintains the training emphasis. Dr. Aupperlee, training co-director, is the Clinical Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, and the other training co-director, Dr. Lancaster, 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 develop their competencies through a broad array of carefully-supervised activities.
Each intern receives at least 100 hours of regularly scheduled, individual supervision plus an additional 100 hours of supervision. Interns participate in at least two hours of individual, face-to-face supervision a week and two additional hours of didactic training activities such as case conferences, seminars, in-service training, or grand rounds.