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Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education


Mid-Michigan Psychology Internship Consortium (MMPIC)

Program Aims and Competencies

MMPIC Aim Sub-aims Internship Competencies
Aim 1. Foundational Knowledge:
To prepare entry-level psychologists with foundational knowledge in psychology.
1.1 - Assessment
Produce entry-level psychologists who demonstrate the ability to use assessment to answer referral questions and make recommendations for individuals, groups, and systems.
1.1A - Application of Assessment Methods
Interns will independently select, administer, score, and interpret assessment tools, and integrate results with historical information, interviews, and observations to accurately evaluate presenting questions.

1.1B - Communication of Assessment Findings
Interns will communicate results in written and verbal form clearly, constructively, and accurately in a conceptually appropriate manner. Interns will articulate potential limitations of data collection.
1.2 - Intervention
Produce entry-level psychologists who demonstrate the ability to deliver interventions that are grounded in conceptual models of intervention and evidence-based practices to address dysfunction and promote health of individuals, groups, and systems.
1.2A - Intervention Implementation
Interns will implement interventions with fidelity to empirical models and with the clinical skills to flexibly adapt where appropriate.

1.2B - Progress Evaluation
Interns will independently evaluate treatment progress and modify planning as indicated, even in the absence of established outcome measures.
1.3 - Consultation and Interprofessional/
Interdiscplinary Skills
Produce entry-level psychologists who demonstrate the ability to provide expert guidance or collaboration with interdisciplinary colleagues to support a client’s needs or goals at the individual, group, and systems level.
1.3A - Application of Consultation Methods
Interns will select appropriate and contextually sensitive means of assessment/data gathering that answers consultation referral questions and will apply literature to provide effective consultative services (assessment and intervention) in most routine and some complex cases.


MMPIC Aim Sub-aims Internship Competencies
Aim 2. Professional Practice:
To prepare entry-level psychologists who practice within the broad context of cultural diversity, ethics, and professional standards necessary for delivery of mental health services to individuals, groups, and systems
2.1 - Individual and Cultural Diversity
Produce entry-level psychologists who demonstrate awareness, sensitivity, and skills in working professionally with diverse individuals, groups, and communities who represent various cultural and personal background and characteristics defined broadly and consistent with APA policy.
2.1A - Applications based on Individual and Cultural Context
Interns will independently monitor and apply knowledge of diversity in self and others and skills, and attitudes regarding dimensions of diversity to professional work.
2.2 - Ethical and Legal Standards
Produce entry level psychologists who effectively apply ethical concepts and demonstrate awareness of legal issues regarding professional activities with individuals, groups, and systems.
2.2A - Knowledge of Ethical, Legal and Professional Standards and Guidelines and Ethical Conduct
Interns will demonstrate advanced knowledge, application, and integration of the APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct and other relevant ethical, legal and professional standards and guidelines.

2.2B - Knowledge of School-specific Regulations, Policies, and Practices
Interns will demonstrate advanced knowledge, application, and integration of school-specific regulations, policies, and practices including Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education.
2.3 - Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behavior
Produce entry level psychologists who demonstrate behavior and comportment that reflect the values and attitudes of psychology.
2.3A - Professional Identity
Interns will demonstrate understanding and adherence to the parameters of professional conduct for clinical psychologists, including: showing integrity, deportment, accountability, and concern for the welfare as others, all of which form their professional identity.



MMPIC Aim Sub-aims Internship Competencies
Aim 3. Research
and Inquiry:

To prepare entry-level psychologists who effectively consume, produce, and disseminate research.
3.1 Research
Produce entry level psychologists who generate research that contributes to the professional knowledge base and/or evaluates the effectiveness of various professional activitiesonsistent with APA policy.
3.1A - Scientific Mindedness
Consistent with the scientist- scholar-practitioner model, interns will apply scientific methods of evaluating practices, interventions, and programs.

3.1B - Evidence-Based Practice
Interns will critically review relevant research literature to inform practice, to inform knowledge of evidence-base for interventions and assessment, and assessment of outcomes of interventions.



MMPIC Aim Sub-aims Internship Competencies
Aim 4. Professional Conduct:
To prepare entry-level psychologists with the communication and interpersonal skills necessary for effective collaboration with others as peers and as supervisors in the delivery of services to individuals, groups, and systems.
4.1 - Communication and Interpersonal Skills
Produce entry level psychologists who use their communication and interpersonal skills to foster their assessment, intervention, and consultation activities.
4.1A - Interpersonal Skills
Interns will develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of clients, colleagues, organizations and communities.

4.1B - Expressive Skills
Interns will demonstrate verbal and written communications that are informative, succinct, organized, and well-integrated; nonverbal communications will be appropriate and well-aligned with the context.
4.2 - Supervision
Produce entry level psychologists with the professional knowledge base of enhancing and monitoring the professional functioning of others.
4.2A - Processes and Procedures
Interns will demonstrate knowledge of supervision models and practices and effectively addresses limits of competency to supervise.


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.