APA-Accredited Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology

Thank you for visiting the website for the APA-Accredited doctoral internship in Health Service Psychology in the Health and Wellness Center at Lake Forest College.

We wish you well during your internship search process. We hope that you will give the Lake Forest College Health and Wellness Center your consideration as you identify potential training sites for your internship year. A brief description of the training program can be found below. The doctoral internship brochure contains a more detailed description of our program, including a description of the adjustments that were made to training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications for the 2021-2022 internship year are due on Sunday, November 1, 2020. Please note that the AAPI Portal will close for submitting applications to this internship site at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time (10:59pm Central Standard Time) on November 1, 2020. If you have any questions, please call (847) 735-5240 or contact the Coordinator of Clinical Training at schultzsaindon@lakeforest.edu.

Resources   
Doctoral Internship Brochure
Doctoral Internship Training Manual
APPIC website

Health and Wellness Center

Located in Buchanan Hall on the College’s South Campus, the Health and Wellness Center includes counseling services, health services, and wellness promotion.  The Health and Wellness Center supports the college’s mission to promote an exceptional student experience that celebrates personal growth by providing prevention-focused, accessible, and high quality health care and counseling for a diverse student population. The Health and Wellness Center’s mission is to encourage behaviors that eliminate or change barriers to learning, and promote optimal physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and community wellness through a collaborative team approach. Interns will have the opportunity to develop programs and workshops that support this mission.  

The Health and Wellness Center seeks to provide culturally competent clinical services, outreach, and supervision/training and to promote and affirm the diversity of our community. We strive to create an environment where all people feel recognized and respected and where student, trainee, and staff identities are supported and celebrated. As a staff, we attempt to facilitate mutual respect and understanding among people of diverse racial, ethnic, national, and socioeconomic backgrounds, gender identities, sexual identities, mental and physical abilities, languages, classes, ages, and religious/spiritual beliefs. We recognize that systems, and the individuals within them, cannot be considered healthy while oppression and marginalization maintain power imbalances and inequality within them.  Therefore, our commitment to mental health is also a commitment to advocate against oppression in all of its forms.

The Training Program

The APA-Accredited doctoral internship is designed to train clinical/counseling psychology doctoral interns in providing psychological services in an integrated college counseling center. Interns will to be exposed to a variety of aspects of counseling services at a small liberal arts college. The program also places a strong emphasis on outreach, consultation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and community  intervention.

The internship program aims to facilitate the development of strong generalist clinicians who are self-aware, adept at ethical and multiculturally competent practice, skilled in the range of roles of a psychologist on a small college campus, and able to work comfortably with the wide variety of mental health concerns that college students experience. Interns will develop skills in the following:

  • intake assessment
  • individual, couples, and group therapy
  • crisis assessment and intervention
  • diagnostic screening 
  • community psychology and outreach programming
  • consultation
  • interdisciplinary collaboration
  • providing supervision
  • program development and evaluation

The training program strives to help interns articulate their specific strengths and solidify their therapeutic approach and professional identity as they transition from student to psychologist. Interns are also encouraged to identify learning opportunities that fit with their interests and may be able to tailor some aspects of their experience to help them develop more expertise in that interest area.

The internship focuses on helping interns develop the skills necessary to use themselves as an important instrument of change in the counseling relationship. Interns will be encouraged to focus on their personal growth and increasing self-awareness. This includes continuing to develop an awareness and sensitivity to issues of diversity, oppression, power, and privilege throughout the internship. Interns will be provided with continuous and intensive supervision both individually and in a small group to support their clinical, personal, and professional development. 

The internship program is designed to facilitate development in the following 9 competencies: Intervention, Assessment, Individual and Cultural Diversity, Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills, Ethical and Legal Standards, Research, Communication and Interpersonal Skills, Professional Values and Attitudes, Supervision, and Community Psychology and Outreach Programming.

Philosophy of Training

The internship utilizes a practitioner-scholar model of psychological training and service delivery. The practitioner-scholar training model emphasizes the integration and application of critical thinking and skillful reflection across a broad range of experiential activities.

The internship program is designed to provide experience in and exposure to the clinical work that is characteristic of a college counseling center setting. It is a time to refine basic clinical skills and to move toward establishing an integrated professional identity. Interns are exposed to the many different professional activities of clinicians in a college counseling center.  All activities and experiences are conducted under continuous and intensive supervision to foster the development of more skills throughout this process.  Training and supervision have a developmental focus and are collaborative in nature, emphasizing each intern’s unique strengths, goals, and areas for growth. 

Training of interns is recognized as a developmental process, and interns are assessed individually regarding their clinical skills and stage of professional development. Interns are asked to complete a self-assessment at the beginning of the training year to identify the skill and expertise that they bring to the program as well as their unique training needs and goals.  This process is the foundation of a collaborative approach that is infused throughout the supervision and seminars the Health and Wellness Center's training.

In addition to recognizing the developmental stages of interns, an effort is made to tailor the program for interns in consideration of their special needs, strengths, and interests.  During orientation and supervision, interns are encouraged to identify learning opportunities that fit in with their interests.

As emerging professionals, interns are expected to have a strong degree of self-motivation and self-direction. In a supportive and collegial atmosphere, interns are treated with respect and encouraged to participate in all activities of the center.  This level of involvement and participation enables interns to be directly exposed to modeling of professional values including respect for diversity, concern for ethics, and the importance of continued growth and professional development.

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

*Program tables updated 8/25/2020

Internship Program Admissions

The Lake Forest College Health and Wellness Center prefers applicants from APA or CPA accredited doctoral programs in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. Applicants from APA or CPA accredited doctoral programs in School Psychology are not given preference but will be considered.  Applicants from non-accredited programs will not be considered for the internship. Applicants must be in good academic standing with their department, and all required coursework should be completed prior to the start of internship. To be considered, applicants must have passed their comprehensive exams and completed a minimum of 250 intervention hours by the application deadline. Applicants must also report approval of their dissertation proposal by the ranking deadline. The intern selection committee strives to develop a holistic picture of each applicant and the potential fit between the training program and an applicant’s experience, goals, and interests. 

Successful applicants are typically interested in being trained as generalists and increasing their competence in the variety of roles that a psychologist performs on a small college campus.  They usually demonstrate self-awareness, multicultural competence and sensitivity, and the ability to work successfully in a small, integrated team. Previous experience in a college counseling center is not a requirement for consideration, but strong applicants are able to articulate their interest in completing their training a college counseling center. The HWC seeks to train and provide services to individuals with diverse identities. As a training site, the program is committed to the recruitment, selection, and retention of diverse intern candidates. Individuals with underrepresented and/or minoritized identities are encouraged to apply to our site.

Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:

 

Yes/No

 

Number of Hours

Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours

Yes

 

250

Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours

No

 

NA


Describe any other minimum criteria used to screen applicants. 

  • Applicants must have completed a minimum of 3 years of graduate training.
  • Applicants must have completed at least two graduate level clinical practica, with one focused on diagnostic assessment and one focused on therapy.
  • Interns who match to our training program must successfully pass a background check before a final offer of employment is made. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history. According to the College's Background Check policy, although a disqualification from employment is possible, a previous issue does not automatically disqualify an applicant from consideration for employment with Lake Forest College. Depending on a variety of factors (for example, the nature of the position, the nature of the issue, and the amount of time that has passed), the candidate may still be eligible for employment. Any questions about the Background Check Policy can be directed to Agnes Stepek, Director of Human Resources, at stepek@lakeforest.edu or 847-735-5036.

All other minimum criteria used to screen applicants are described in the paragraph and table above.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-Time Interns

At least $25,393

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-Time Interns

NA

Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?

Yes

Trainee contribution to cost required?

Yes

Coverage of family member(s) available?

Yes

Coverage of legally married partner available?

Yes

Coverage of domestic partner available?

Yes

Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off/Vacation

14 days

Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave

12 days

In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?

Yes*

Other Benefits:

-          Dissertation Release Time/Professional Development Time

-          Access to Life Insurance

-          Free Access to Campus Fitness/Recreation Center

-          Campus Library Privileges

-          Free Parking

Each intern has their own office equipped with a computer and digital recording technology

*In the event of a situation requiring extended leave, the intern is expected to work together with the Coordinator of Clinical Training to determine a plan for completion of internship hours. The approval of unpaid leave may require collaboration between Human Resources, the Coordinator of Clinical Training, and the intern’s graduate program.

Initial Post-Internship Positions

The following table contains a tally of the initial post-internship positions for the 3 internship cohorts from 2016-2019.

 

2016-2019

Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts

6

Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree

0

 

PD

EP

Community mental health center

 0

Federally qualified health center

 0

Independent primary care facility/clinic

University counseling center

1

Veterans Affairs medical center

Military health center

Academic health center

Other medical center or hospital

Psychiatric hospital

Academic university/department

Community college or other teaching setting

0

Independent research institution

Correctional facility

School district/system

0

Independent practice setting

3

2

Not currently employed

Changed to another field

0 0

Other

0

Unknown

0

Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. For former trainees working in more than one setting, the setting represents their primary position.

Benefits and Selection

Two full-time,12-month internship positions are available. The current stipend (for the 2020-2021 internship year) is $25,393, paid on an hourly, non-exempt basis under the FLSA regulations. Several benefits are available to interns, including health insurance, paid time off for vacation and illness, free parking, and free access to the campus fitness center.  

The application deadline for the 2021-2022 training year positions is Sunday, November 1, 2020. The start date is August 1, 2021. Applicants will be notified of their interview status via email by December 15, 2020. All interviews for the 2021 Match will be conducted via Zoom in early January. To assist with planning purposes, tentative interview dates for 2021 are Thursday, January 7, 2021, Friday, January 8, 2021, Monday, January 11, 2021, and Tuesday, January 12, 2021, and interviews are expected to be scheduled over the course of a work day, with breaks scheduled throughout. 

Please see the training brochure for additional information about benefits and the selection process.

How to Apply

As a member of APPIC, the Health and Wellness Center’s Internship Program participates in the National Matching Services Internship Matching Program. You must be registered for the Match to be eligible to match to our program. You can obtain instructions and download the Applicant Agreement required to register for the Match through the National Matching Services website.

Interested applicants can submit the electronic APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI Online) through the AAPI Applicant Portal. A complete application includes:

  • A completed AAPI with essays
  • A cover letter (included in the online AAPI) stating your goals for internship and explaining your interests in training at Lake Forest College
  • A current curriculum vitae (included in the online AAPI)
  • 3 letters of recommendation (included in the online AAPI); it is preferred that at least two letters come from direct supervisors of your clinical work
  • Official transcripts for all graduate work (included in the online AAPI)

No supplemental materials are required by the Lake Forest College Health and Wellness Center.

Our application deadline is Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time (10:59pm Central Standard Time).  Please make note of the time deadline and pay attention to the time zone that you are living in. The application portal for this internship will close automatically at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on November 1, 2020. If you experience issues submitting your application, please reach out to the Coordinator of Clinical Training at schultzsaindon@mx.lakeforest.edu.

National Matching Services Code # 127711

This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern candidate. Applicants are required to follow the  APPIC Match Policies.

Internship Program Accredidation Information

The Lake Forest College Health and Wellness Center Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 2016.  We are members of the Association of Postdoctoral and Psychology Internship Centers (APPIC) and participate in the APPIC Match (Program Code Number 127711), and follow all APPIC Match Policies. This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking related information from any intern applicant. Applicants are required to follow the APPIC Match Policies.

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
701 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: https://accreditation.apa.org

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Dr. Kasey Schultz-Saindon at 847-735-5241 or schultzsaindon@lakeforest.edu.