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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education

MMPIC

Mid-Michigan Psychology Internship Consortium (MMPIC)

MMPIC EXPECTATIONS FOR INTERNS

Please reference the Internship Handbook for a complete description of expectations and procedures. You will find some information below.

Training Term

The internship program is one full year (12 months/2000 hours) in duration. The term of the internship program is from August 15, 2018 to August 15, 2019.

Structure of Internship

MMPIC interns are placed in one internship site and remain at that site across the whole year. Interns do not rotate through all five consortium internship sites.

The internship consortium has a non-affiliated, independent training structure. Michigan State University has been instrumental in developing the internship, has been and will be an ongoing resource, and will continue to provide administrative support to the internship consortium. The internship is a culminating experience that serves to integrate fieldwork training and academic preparation.

The structure of the internship schedule ensures that intern training requirements take precedence over service delivery and revenue generation. In particular, all sites have agreed to protecting intern schedules one day a week for didactic trainings, supervision, and one-half day for interns to complete their dissertations or other research projects.

Internship Activities

Interns will engage in various activities related to assessment, intervention, and consultation in academic, behavioral, psychological, and social-emotional domains. Interns can expect to spend at least 25% of their time engaging in direct service provision for children, youth, and families.

Interns will also attend didactic trainings as a cohort. These trainings will rotate among the training sites and will be led by licensed psychologists and Michigan State University faculty.

Resources for Interns

Interns have access to use of the resources available at their respective intern site. Resources include use of available facilities, shared clerical support, and academic, psychological, social, and emotional assessments necessary for completing internship responsibilities.

Supervision of Interns

Interns will participate in at least two hours of individual supervision from a licensed psychologist a week. Altogether, each intern will receive at least 100 hours of regularly scheduled, individual supervision with a licensed psychologist plus an additional 100 hours of supervision.

Supervision of interns is aligned with the APPIC expectations for internship supervision. The program training director and internship supervisors are licensed and certified psychologists. Intern supervision is provided by staff members of the internship agency or by qualified affiliates of that agency who carry clinical responsibility for the cases being supervised. Supervision is provided with the specific intent of dealing with psychological services rendered directly by the intern. Depending on clinical needs, increased hours of supervision are expected. The required supervision hours will be provided through face-to-face individual supervision.

Evaluation of Interns

To ensure that training is prioritized above revenue generation, interns are provided formative feedback. This data will be aggregated by the training director and shared with supervisors. Interns will receive feedback twice per year and informal feedback twice per year. Specifically, supervisors will complete a formal evaluation rubric that is aligned with the goals for interns.

Continuous Program Improvement

To ensure continuous program improvement, training directors will review intern outcomes and products to ensure intern performance meets the goals and expectations of the program. Interns will also provide feedback about the internship activities they complete and the supervision they receive, and this information will be used to promote growth over time. Specifically, the training director will gather intern satisfaction data on training sites twice a year using the Intern Evaluation of Training. Should intern satisfaction data reflect low scores at a site, the training director with seek additional intern feedback, and will then work with the site to address the mismatch in expectations.

Eligibility for Internship

Applicants must meet the following prerequisites to be considered for our program:

  1. Doctoral student in an APA-accredited School Psychology program
  2. Approval for internship status granted by graduate program training director
  3. Candidates must have a M.A. degree to apply
  4. Candidates must have a minimum of 100 assessment hours and 100 intervention/consultation hours of supervised practicum experience.
    • Applicants seeking placement at Ingham Intermediate School District and/or Saginaw Public Schools must be eligible to obtain the Michigan Preliminary School Psychologist Certificate. Per the state of Michigan, the following requirements apply: (a) hold a graduate degree in an approved school psychology certification program with no less than 45 semester credit hours, (b) have completed supervised internship of a minimum of 600 clock-hours in school psychology, and (c) possess a valid out-of-state school psychologist certificate or license if the school psychologist program was completed in another state. Please visit the Michigan Department of Education website for more information.
    • Applicants for all other placements must be eligible to obtain their Master’s Educational Limited License in Psychology (TLLP). Criteria and procedures for application are found on the Michigan Board of Psychology website.
    • Students from in-state doctoral programs should refer to their program guidelines for obtaining these credentials.

Intern Recruitment

Due to the consortium’s sensitivity to diversity and our commitment to attracting interns with diverse backgrounds, the recruitment of interns will focus on obtaining an applicant pool that is highly reflective of diversity.

Given that the consortium will be housed at Michigan State University, the MMPIC program adheres to the university’s equal opportunity statement:

Michigan State University is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, non-discrimination and affirmative action. University programs, activities and facilities are available to all without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, political persuasion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, height, weight, veteran status, age or familial status. The University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.

Beyond providing equal opportunity, we intend to seek out candidates with diverse experiences. We are committed to ensuring a range of diversity among our interns, and we select candidates representing different geographic areas, ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, disabilities, and life experiences. All things being equal, consideration is given to applicants who identify themselves as members of historically underrepresented groups on the basis of racial or ethnic status, as representing diversity on the basis of sexual orientation, or as representing diversity on the basis of disability status. These factors may be indicated on applicants’ applications. Such applicants are given preference in ranking in comparison to comparatively qualified applicants who are not members of historically underrepresented groups.

Intern Selection Process

A selection committee composed of at least two psychologists involved in training reviews applications.

We seek applicants who have a sound clinical and scientific knowledge base from their academic program, strong basic skills in assessment, intervention, and consultation skills, and the personal characteristics necessary to function well in our internship setting. Our selection criteria are based on a "goodness–of–fit" with our scientist-practitioner model, and we look for interns whose training goals match the training that we offer.

We prefer interns from university-based programs but consider candidates from free-standing programs as well.

Note: The selection process may include information gained from internet searches of applicants' names.

Interview Process

In-person interviews are required of all applicants who make the final selection round. In-person interviews will take a full day and involve an informational session with a training director, a tour of at least one facility, and at least two interviews with training staff. One of the interviews will involve discussing a clinical vignette presented by staff.