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APA Accredited Doctoral Psychology Internship

Hello, and thank you for your interest in our APA Accredited Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology! I am aware that this is a significant (and stressful) time in your academic career. As you explore our website and our program, keep in mind that I am here to help in any way I can. I know you are looking for an internship site that matches your professional and personal needs; so, please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns about our program, The Ohio State University, or living in Columbus. I do wish you the best, and please take care of yourself in this process.

Mark G. Sampson, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Director of Training

Overview of Training Program

Interns have the opportunity to practice and develop the multiple roles of a psychologist during the 2,000-hour, 12-month internship. Contracting for specific commitments allows each intern some flexibility for individual emphasis and insures basic competency in required areas. Interns will find that their experience at CCS will be full of rewarding professional work and learning, as well as time and energy demands. Given these demands, it is important to the CCS staff to provide a humanistic and supportive environment in which interns are encouraged to strive for a healthy balance in their personal and professional lives, while realistically meeting the challenges of this intensive training experience.

An integral aspect of our training program involves the active participation of interns in the examination of the interactions that occur in therapy and training experiences. These interactions include an examination of personal reactions to clients, as well as an exploration of the dynamics present in the trainee group. The CCS staff values this self-reflection and supports interns to process such reactions in a manner conducive to professional and personal growth. The emphasis on a growing awareness of "self-in-therapy" is woven into individual supervision discussions, case conference, and training sessions. Risk-taking in the level of self-disclosure of interns' personal reactions is respected and encouraged; however, appropriate limits to such disclosures are also respected. Our training program adheres to the APA Ethical Principles in this and every aspect of our training program.

The ultimate goal of a doctoral internship in health service psychology is to prepare interns to serve a diverse public which requires interns to develop the professional competencies to do so. Our internship adheres to the documents, “Preparing Professional Psychologists to serve a Diverse Public: A Core Requirement in Doctoral Education and Training” and "Professional Psychologist Competencies to Serve a Diverse Public" which were developed by the Education Directorate of the American Psychological Association. The intent of these documents is to assist training programs in addressing conflicts between trainees’ worldviews, beliefs, religious values and professional psychology’s commitment to offering culturally responsive psychological services to all members of the public, especially to those from traditionally marginalized groups. We also adhere to a commitment of supporting interns in a developmental process of competency acquisition. Self-reflection is an essential ingredient in competency development and is supported in the various training sessions and during supervision.