Doctoral Psychology Internship Program
The Doctoral Psychology Internship Program at the Counseling Center began its inaugural year on August 13, 2012. The internship will continue with its fifth class on August 8, 2016 with 2 full-time interns. The University of Kentucky is a member of the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA) and is accredited by IACS (International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. The psychology internship program is a member of APPIC (#2227). While the program is not currently APA accredited, it has been designed with the intention to apply for APA accreditation.
UKCC's internship program has submitted its initial, written self-study to APA's Commission on Accreditation, it was received by CoA on July 24, 2014, and the program is now under review. Applicants can verify our status with CoA at the following website: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/programs/initial-accred.aspx The program has now completed its initial site visit in April 2015. While we cannot guarantee our program's accreditation or the timing of the accreditation should we receive it, we want applicants to be aware that we are actively moving forward in the process of pursuing accreditation.
The internship is 12 months, full-time, 2000 hours overall, with 500 direct clinical hours. Applicants must be doctoral candidates from Clinical and Counseling Psychology Ph.D. or Psy.D. programs (preferably APA or CPA accredited) whose training directors have certified that they are eligible and ready for internship. All coursework, practicum experience, and comprehensive exams required for the doctoral degree must be completed by the application date. Candidates who have completed their dissertation will be given preference. Competitive applicants will have college counseling center experience, outreach experience, an interest in multiculturalism, group therapy, and AD/HD assessment, and have completed 500 intervention hours on the AAPI. Our Counseling Center seeks individuals who are collaborative in nature, have strong communication skills, practice good self-care, are open to learning different therapeutic approaches, are independent while valuing consultation and collaboration, and value self-reflection as a tool for professional development.
Stipend, Benefits, Resources
Stipend / Benefits
The internship appointment is for twelve (12) months, at 40-45 hours per week, beginning the August 8, 2016 and continuing through August 4, 2017.
Two doctoral level internships are currently offered, each carrying a stipend of $25,000 for the twelve months (pending funding).
UKCC will purchase individual health insurance through the student health insurance at the group rate, which is approximately $2000 per year.
Interns receive 10 vacation days plus all university holidays (approximately 9), 5 sick days, and 5 professional development days.
University facilities (e.g. athletic facilities, library, university email, non-revenue university athletic games/matches) are accessible to interns.
Interns will be eligible to purchase a staff/faculty parking pass.
Limited financial support may be provided for professional conferences.
A Note About Liability Insurance
While covered by the University's general liability insurance, interns are required to carry their own professional liability insurance coverage, which can be obtained through APA or often a student’s home institution at a reasonable cost.
Interns each have their own private office and are free to decorate and personalize their space. Offices each have a desk, computer, bookshelves, windows, and a space for counseling. Additionally, each intern office is equipped with digital video cameras to record sessions for review by interns and supervisors.
The Counseling Center uses Titanium for scheduling and clinical notes, and all interns have access to Titanium on their computers. Clients complete intake paperwork electronically, allowing intakers to view intake information from their offices prior to going to the waiting room to meet their clients. Additionally, interns have access to campus computing resources through their office computers, statistical, data and word processing software.
Our front office staff provide excellent clerical support to interns.
We will be participating in the APPIC matching program. Our program code number is 2227 (APPIC National Matching Service 222711). All materials must be submitted for review online by the due date of November 13, 2015 at 6PM EST. The training committee will use the following information to determine which candidates will be invited for interviews:
•Completed AAPI as found on the APPIC website at www.appic.org "APPI On-line." Please be certain that your Curriculum Vitae and Transcripts, as required by the "APPI On-line" are included.
•Cover letter explaining why you believe you would be a good fit with the internship program at The University of Kentucky Counseling Center.
•Three letters of reference with at least two from people who have directly supervised your clinical work. It would be preferable if references are from your most recent work.
•Based on the University of Kentucky's Human Resource policies and consistent with APPIC Match policies, appointments of applicants to internship positions will be contingent upon the applicants satisfying certain eligibility requirements (e.g. background check). These procedures are carried out after the Match and are solely for matched interns. Please see APPIC Match Policy #6b for more information.
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.
- The University of Kentucky is committed to a policy of providing educational opportunities to all academically qualified students regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.
- The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity university. We encourage applications from all academically qualified people interested in educational opportunities.
- Qualified students with disabilities should contact the Disability Resource Center at (859) 257-2754.
Please feel free to contact the Training Director if you have questions. Email is the preferred means of contact.
Diane Sobel, Ph.D.
Assistant Director/Training Director
University of Kentucky Counseling Center:
Consultation and Psychological Services
106 Frazee Hall
Lexington, KY 40506-0031