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University Counseling Center
APA-Approved Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology
The University of North Dakota
Dear Prospective Applicant,
We are excited about your interest in UNDPIC’s internship positions. If you have any questions regarding the internship please do not hesitate to contact the University Counseling Center (UCC) at 701-777-2127. Feel free to also contact me if you like at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope the following information will be helpful in giving you a sense of who we are and what we have to offer.
The University of North Dakota Psychology Internship Center doctoral internship in psychology has been approved (April 13, 2012) by the American Psychological Association (APA) for APA-Accreditation. The next APA site visit accreditation will be scheduled in April of 2019.
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association (APA)
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Welcome to the University Counseling Center (UCC) at the University of North Dakota (UND)!
The entire UCC staff is delighted that you are considering UNDPIC for your internship training. This is a stressful and hectic process and we hope that our website will help you determine if UNDPIC is a good fit for you. We welcome you to have a good look around.
About Grand Forks
Comfortably located in the heart of the Red River Valley, you’re sure to enjoy our small-town hospitality coupled with grand possibilities!
Grand Forks has much to see and do! We invite you to experience all of it ... spacious city parks, great local fishing, collegiate sports, an abundance of local shopping experiences, superb arts and theatre, and excellent restaurants and hotels.
There are numerous community events throughout the year that provide fun for the entire family and draw the crowds, including free summer concerts in the Town Square, Grand Cities Artfest, Farmer’s Market, UND’s annual fall Potato Bowl, and the New Year’s Eve First Night Celebration just to name a few. So if you want to hop off the fast track to experience a slightly slower pace, the plains of North Dakota beckon you. Tall prairie grass and rural life surround the Grand Cities and offer heart within this exquisite heartland.
We hope to see you soon as you explore any of the four seasons of culture and recreation that make Grand Forks such a grand place to be.
The University of North Dakota What do students and alumni say about UND? Here’s just a sample: “Great professors. Top-notch classes. Beautiful campus. A sense of family. Classic college town. Lots of majors. Grads get good jobs. Lifelong friends.”
With medicine, aviation, law, entrepreneurship, business, liberal arts, nationally-renowned research, and more than 200 fields of study, UND helps students build their future. NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, coach Phil Jackson, writer Chuck Klosterman, Minnesota Twins President Dave St. Peter, and GameStop CEO Dick Fontaine are among our 100,000 graduates, who make their mark in the nation and world, and have a reputation for helping newer graduates get a start. From teaching to social work, from art and theatre to rocket science, UND offers a solid foundation that helps grads meet their goals.
UND enrolls 14,194 students from every state and more than 50 nations, and offers 218 fields of study, including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, law, and medical degrees, as well as the MBA. Founded in 1883, UND remains true to its original vision as a university with a strong liberal arts foundation surrounded by professional and specialized programs. Globally respected faculty create a well-rounded, balanced education that fosters superior critical thinking and communication skills. It is located in Grand Forks, a classic college town of 50,000, just hours from Minneapolis and Winnipeg.
The University of North Dakota, as a whole, is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Accrediting agencies that have approved components of UND at the college or school level are:
American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education; Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology; Council of the Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association; Liaison Committee on Medical Education of the American Medical Association and Association of American Medical Colleges; Numerous programs also are accredited at the departmental level.
The University is regarded as one of the leading proponents of the arts in the North Dakota and the region. UND sponsors more than a dozen different musical organizations and stages several theater productions each year. More than 60,000 people a year come to UND’s renowned, 2,300-seat Chester Fritz Auditorium to enjoy music, dance, Broadway productions, theater, lectures, and more; over 40,000 visitors each year are attracted to exhibitions and concerts at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A highlight of each spring is the well-known Writers Conference, which brings working and aspiring writers from around the country to the campus for a week of readings, panel discussions, and other events.
UND has recently completed construction of a state-of-the-art $20 million, 106,000-square-foot Wellness Center for the benefit of all students. The Wellness Center includes a three-court gymnasium, multi-activity court, cardiovascular and weight facility, a 200-meter running track, and climbing and bouldering walls. In intercollegiate sports, the University competes at the Division I level in men’s and women’s ice hockey and in Division II in 16 other sports. UND finished fourth in the nation (Division II) in the Sears Cup standings for the 2004-05 season. UND’s athletes have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for 14 of the last 15 semesters. The $100 million, 11,500-seat Ralph Engelstad Arena is considered the finest college hockey arena in North America and is the home of UND’s seven-time national champion men’s hockey team. In 2004, the Betty Engelstad Center opened as the home to both the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the women’s volleyball team. The Alerus Center, a community-owned venue, is the largest sports, convention and entertainment facility of its kind in the upper Midwest. It boasts adjustable concert seating for anywhere from 5,000 to 22,000 people and is the home field for UND football.
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1. The University of North Dakota Counseling Center
The University Counseling Center (UCC) is housed within the Division of Student and Outreach Services and reports to the Associate Vice President of Student Services of the University of North Dakota. The Center employs 12 full and part-time psychologists, counselors, testing
coordinator and administrative staff, as well as a contracted consulting psychiatrist. In addition, 23 graduate and undergraduate students assist in the delivery of these services.
The Center has two locations on the University campus. The primary counseling office is located in McCannel Hall Suite 200. The Center also provides counseling services one evening a week at the UND Apartment Community Center, which is located on Stanford Road. The Center provides outreach services to residential and Greek housing, classrooms, cultural centers on campus and the greater Grand Forks Community. UCC’s services are inter-related and permit multiple accesses to those who need help in more than one area. Academic success is intricately interwoven with psychological wellness and vice versa.
Mission of the Unit:
The University Counseling Center’s (UCC) mission aims to facilitate student success in educational and developmental experiences. The UCC plays a vital role in advancing student learning as a living and growing experience. The UCC offers the following modalities of service to the UND community: personal counseling (individual, couple, or group sessions) drug and alcohol abuse evaluation, education groups and prevention outreach programming career counseling testing services practicum and doctoral internship training programs psychiatric services
Our vision at the University Counseling Center is to be pro-active in raising awareness of positive mental health and increasing the accessibility and visibility of cutting edge services. We will utilize leadership skills and technology to develop national recognition for competence and vision.
II. Rationale of the Internship
The Internship year is viewed as a critical time for the integration of professional and personal development with a focus on clarifying professional and personal identity as well as synthesizing effective use of self with skill acquisition through supervised experiential learning and formalized training. The Internship exists to provide a capstone training experience for psychologists-in-training. As such it provides clinical experiences with a diverse population and presenting concerns to afford a broad experiential base that maximally stimulates the professional growth process. In other words…to provide the most of the best training we can provide.
III. Philosophy, Mission Statement, and Goals
UNDPIC Training Philosophy
The UNDPIC espouses a practitioner-scholar philosophy of training responsive to its multicultural setting within a university community. The UNDPIC is committed to providing generalist training that facilitates growth and competence and integrates the application of current scientific knowledge, principles and theories in the provision of professional services. Interns learn to apply their skills within an ethical and multicultural service delivery environment. Interns are expected to integrate science and professional practice sufficiently to demonstrate skill and ability in conceptualizing issues for assessment and intervention with diverse target individuals and groups. The goal of internship is to prepare broadly trained professionals to offer services that are preventive, developmental, and remedial and that reflect the highest standards of the profession.
The program views development, refinement, and integration of clinical skills in a variety of areas as one central task of internship. Interns start internship with a foundation of didactic information and clinical skills from their academic training. Internship provides an intensive opportunity to develop new skills (e.g., Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, providing supervision) and to apply familiar skills in increasingly sophisticated ways. At the end of internship, UNDPIC expects interns to demonstrate competencies in assessment, individual and group therapy, outreach, consultation, supervision, ethical issues, jurisprudence, chemical abuse/dependency, and multicultural awareness.
A second, closely related task is the development of a more mature, integrated professional identity. Internship represents an important transition from the role of graduate student to that of a professional psychologist, prepared for entry-level practice following internship. UNDPIC supports interns’ growth via mentoring, discussion of professional identity development, and practical support (e.g., funding and time for professional development activities.) Interns gain specific exposure to the many roles and responsibilities of a psychologist in a counseling center setting, which provides a strong foundation for future work in a university setting. This exposure occurs as interns serve with staff on internal administrative committees and participate in ongoing discussions about psychologists’ roles within the larger university community during staff meetings, seminars, and staff retreats. Thus, the UNDPIC also expects interns to demonstrate competency in professional conduct.
UNDPIC Mission Statement
The mission of the doctoral internship at the University of North Dakota Counseling Center is to develop the Intern’s competency in the areas of legal and ethical issues, professional behavior, psychotherapy, assessment, consultation and outreach, providing and receiving supervision, and counseling special populations, which will prepare the Intern for his/her future as a working licensed professional who is capable of serving his/her community in a variety of settings.
UNDPIC Training Goals
The UNDPIC staff has identified 2 major internship training goals:
First, the internship promotes development, refinement, and integration of interns’ clinical competencies in multiple areas of professional practice: assessment, individual therapy, group therapy, outreach/consultation, jurisprudence, chemical abuse/dependency and supervision of others.
Second, the internship focuses upon interns developing a more mature, integrated professional identity. All aspects of the training program integrate psychological research and theory with clinical practice in support of these training goals.
The UNDPIC doctoral psychology internship offers two full-time intern positions. These positions are devoted to full-time work at the UCC.
Training is focused on:
1. A broad range of clinical skills.
2. Content areas relevant to the intern’s career goals.
3. Ethical and professional standards central to the practice of psychology.
4. Skills and knowledge specific to the community mental health setting.
This internship program provides generalist training. At the conclusion of the internship, interns are expected to demonstrate the assessment, psychotherapy, and consultation skills necessary for practice as an entry-level psychologist and to demonstrate the skills and abilities necessary to continue their professional development.
During application review and intern selection process, administrative staff communicates directly with all candidates and provide information for lodging, plan and arrange for a meal for onsite interviewees. If an intern required administrative assistance to complete routine office duties (e.g., adaptive computer software or hardware), UCC's budget is sufficient to purchase needed equipment for accommodations.
The UNDPIC internship uses the APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI online). This form can be accessed from the APPIC Web site. We participate in the National Matching Program. Applicants can obtain instructions and forms to register for the Match at the Matching Program web site at www.natmach.com/psychint.
More detailed information about the program and the University of North Dakota may be obtained by contacting Rhandi B. Clow, Ph.D., Director of Training.
Interested candidates should submit:
A completed application form (AAPIonline). A current vita. Official transcripts of all graduate work. Three recommendation letters: one from Major academic advisor and/or dissertation
supervisor and two from persons familiar with candidate's applied performance. These letters should be submitted in sealed envelopes with the author's signature across the back flap.
Certification of internship readiness signed by the training director of their academic program.
Questions regarding application procedures should be directed to
Rhandi Clow, PhD, LP
Phone: (701) 777-2127
Fax: (701) 777-4189
Internship start date: July 16, 2012
Applicants for internship must have completed a minimum of 900 hours of supervised experience(400 of which must be direct therapy hours) in counseling or clinical work,qualifying/comprehensive examinations passed, and dissertation proposal approved.
Applicants may be from clinical or counseling psychology doctoral programs; APA accredited programs are required. All applicants must defend their proposal and pass their comprehensive exams by the Match ranking due date.
Applications are reviewed based on candidate's interest and experience in each of the competencyareas, as well as aspects of general personal, academic and professional readiness for internship.
Initial review of applications includes review of the cover letter, vita, AAPIonline, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. For competitive applicants, these documents indicate some interest in working within a University counseling center, with some exposure to a majority of the variety of tasks this work entails (e.g., individual and group therapy, providing supervision, and either outreach or consultation.) and some clinical experience with a late adolescent and/or adult population. Letters of recommendation should indicate that an applicant has some proficiency in basic clinical skills, as well as an applicant's personal commitment to learning and professional growth.
A subset of the most qualified applicants are invited to interview by phone or Skype, or to come to UCC for onsite interviews, with the goal of further assessing each candidate's interests, aptitudes, and training. During the interview, interns are asked to discuss their professional interests and goals and to respond to questions and short scenarios in a way that demonstrates their application of theory and clinical knowledge. These questions provide additional data regarding each candidate's interests, knowledge, experiences, and interpersonal style.
In addition to the structured interview as described above, the onsite interview offers applicants the opportunity to tour the facility, meet formally with the Training Director, Dr. Rhandi Clow, and the Center Director Dr. Myron Veenstra, interview the current interns, and spend informal gathering time with the whole staff.
A large number of staff are involved in all aspects of internship selection, including review of initial applications, interviewing, and submitting rank order preferences. This large-scale involvement greatly reduces the chances that selection decisions will be biased or restrictive on irrelevant grounds.
Administrative staff communicates directly with all candidates and provide information for lodging, plan and arrange for a meal for onsite interviewees. If an intern required administrative assistance to complete routine office duties (e.g., adaptive computer software or hardware), UCC's budget is sufficient to purchase needed equipment for accommodations.
The University of North Dakota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. The UCC is approved by IACS (International Association of Counseling Services). We are a member of ACCTA (Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies).
Stipend and Benefits
Interns receive a stipend of at least $21,948. The internship includes ten days sick leave and ten days of paid vacation, five days of which will be taken in the last week of internship. A minimum forty-hour working week, Monday through Friday, is expected. Up to ten days professional leave time can be negotiated for dissertation/CRP completion and/or employment pursuit. Doctoral interns receive $80/mo health funds in lieu of medical insurance. Like staff members, interns are eligible to obtain parking permits.
Internship start date: July 16, 2014.