Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
The four years of coursework, practica, clinical competency probes and the comprehensive exam all point toward the pre-doctoral internship. This culminating experience will place you in the role of a professional psychologist, under supervision, for a full year. Our students have been very successful in garnering competitive internship placements, even before the advent of our APA accreditation. The internship process is lengthy, but is designed to match students with internships that will meet their needs and interests, while also satisfying the needs of the internship site. In addition, the 2,000 hours earned while in an internship completes the educational training required to pursue licensure as a clinical psychologist. You should be aware that while there are some approved internship sites available within the Hampton Roads area (the general vicinity of the school), the internship match process is very selective and it is likely you will need to move to an internship site that will allow you to meet the objectives listed above.
Students select possible internship sites and apply to each site for which they hope to be considered. Sites review the applications and determine which applicants they will interview. The purpose of the interview is for the student and the site to determine how interested they are in one another. The students rank the sites and the sites rank the students. Both ranks are submitted to The Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). APPIC operates a match service that tries to match internship applicants with a suitable internship site. If no match is reached, applicants may utilize the APPIC Clearinghouse, where they can apply for a site that remains unfilled after the initial match service has concluded.
Some 700 internship sites exist across the country, and our placement rate for internship is typically very high (92 percent for 2005). Examples of where students have completed their internships include:
- Danielsen Institute, Boston University, Boston, Mass.
- Emerge Ministries, Akron, Ohio
- Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Center, Neuropsych/Psych Assessment, Grand Rapids, Mich.
- St. Mary's Children and Family Services, Syosset, N.Y.
- Kern County Psych Internship Consortium, Fresno, Calif.
- Village for Family and Children, Hartford, Conn.
- National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.
- University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, Tenn.
More information on psychology internships can be found at www.appic.org. For complete details about the clinical training required in the Psy.D. program, please review the Clinical Training Handbook.