A Message from the Associate Director/Director of Training
Dear Prospective Trainee,
Training is an important and long-standing aspect of our agency identity. We invest time and thought into our training roles, and we take great pride in helping our trainees grow and develop. We have trained practicum students from UI doctoral programs for four decades. Our doctoral internship in psychology has been APA-accredited since 1979. We have expanded to include social workers in our multi-disciplinary staff, and we are excited about adding social work training.
As of the start of the 2019-2020 academic year, we will have 11.45 FTE staff psychologists who will provide supervision and/or contribute to training. We have four social workers who can serve as therapy group co-facilitators clinical case managers, and clinical supervisors to social work students. We are identified as scientist-practitioners, with a clear commitment to deliver evidence-based services to diverse consumers. We strive to help our trainees deliver responsive, multiculturally competent, and effective services. We as trainers are committed to engage with our trainees to examine the assumptions that inform our work; these are inextricably linked to our life experiences and intersecting sets of privileged and oppressed identities.
We deeply respect informed consent and evaluation processes; we strive for fairness and transparency in our supervisory and training roles. We work to be responsive to our trainees’ input, so that we can provide a positive learning environment.
If a rigorous and engaged training and supervisory process appeals to you, please consider making your application. Prospective interns must be enrolled in APA-accredited doctoral programs; they should apply through the APPIC process. Our APPIC Program Number is 124711. Prospective practicum students must be enrolled in a UI doctoral program or the UI’s MSW program. Please contact me at Julieemail@example.com if you would like to apply for a practicum position.
Julie Corkery, Ph.D.
Associate Director/Director of Training
*Questions related to the internship program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The University Counseling Service (UCS) is an integral part of the Division of Student Life at The University of Iowa. With approximately 33,000 students, including graduates, undergraduates, and professional students, the University is a nationally and internationally recognized academic and research institution. Important resources to the UCS internship program are the APA-accredited Counseling Psychology program on campus and the close availability of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC). The nearby Student Health, with psychiatric services, also provides an important resource for the internship.
The overarching aim of the internship is to prepare scientist-practitioner psychologists to serve diverse University-based individuals and communities.
Interns are systematically evaluated in all areas in which they work. Interns, in turn, evaluate their supervisors and the training program. This evaluation process, including both written and oral components, takes place in October, December, May, and August. Two evaluations of intern progress are sent to the student's academic program during the year, and the final evaluation is sent at the close of the year. The Intern Evaluation form includes supervisorsâ ratings for the nine profession-wide competencies required by the APA Standards of Accreditation. Interns must also deliver 450 hours of direct service, which includes clinical service, outreach, and provision of clinical supervision.
Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data
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Former Interns' Reviews
Being an intern at UCS was an opportunity for significant reflection and growth, and it was the highlight of my graduate training. I loved the variety of the clinical work, the didactic learning, my fellow interns, and most of all the supervision. My supervisors were genuine, caring, and knowledgeable; they made me feel known and valued. I received feedback specific to my areas of challenge and strength, and each supervisor in their own way encouraged and supported me in developing a professional identity authentic to who I am as a clinician, colleague, and person. Additionally, I do not think it possible to ask for a better training director. She is intentional, organized, ethical, transparent, and protective of the intern training experience. I am humbled by how much thought and effort she and the entire staff at UCS put into the training program, and I think that speaks to the ethic of care that permeates the center.
Practicum Opportunities at the UCS
Practicum opportunities entail a commitment to fall and spring semesters. There may be limited opportunities for students to continue through the following summer. Each semester, several doctoral students in Counseling Psychology and related fields complete practica at the UCS. Additionally, the UCS provides training to students enrolled in the UI M.S.W. program. To qualify for practicum, a student must be enrolled in a University of Iowa practicum course within his or her academic department.