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New UCC Director, licensed psychologist Kenneth Carlson, PhD is new Chief Psychologist for UNDPIC. Dr. Carlson joined UNDPIC in September of 2014. We are pleased to welcome his valued involvement in the internship program.
2015-16 PSYCHOLOGY DOCTORAL INTERNS:
John Campbell, University of North Dakota
Suzi Highfill, Fielding University
Brianna Johnson, Loma Linda University
These young professionals are engaged in a year-long internship with the University of North Dakota Psychology Internship Center (UNDPIC), an APA-accredited training program at the University Counseling Center (UCC). Under the supervision of UCC licensed psychologists, this 9th class of interns provides valuable psychological services to the UND campus.
University Counseling Center
APA-Accredited 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 is approved (April 13, 2012) by the American Psychological Association (APA) for APA-Accreditation. The next APA accreditation site visit 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.”
The University of North Dakota (UND) is the state's oldest and largest University, with more than 15,000 students and 225 fields of study.
- UND offers opportunity at an affordable price tag. UND's tuition and fees are about 13.4% less than its counterparts in an 11-state region.
- With 3,000 courses, nearly 40 online degree programs, and 84 graduate education programs; UND has more offerings than any higher education institution the state.
- UND's diverse student body represents all 50 states and over 60 countries.
- NCAA Division 1 athletics gives UND fans across the country something to look forward to every season.
- The state's flagship research university, UND has a reputation for research and scholarship in health sciences, energy and the environment, aerospace, and entrepreneurship.
- UND is one of the top 100 doctoral research universities in the United States.
- UND is one of only 47 public universities in the nation with both accredited graduate schools of law and medicine.
- Student life is an important element of the UND experience. With service-learning groups, internships, leadership positions in 275+ clubs and organizations, and studying abroad, there are plenty of ways make a difference.
- Located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, UND is right at home in this vibrant college town of over 50,000 people located on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. UND is admired for its spacious, beautiful campus and extensive resources.
- UND has an innovative strategic vision, Exceptional UND, that is helping to support our distinctive mission and act as a road map for UND's future.
Source: http://und.edu/discover/about-und.cfm 9/2/14
1. The University of North Dakota Counseling Center
The University of North Dakota Counseling Center (UCC) specializes in students!
The staff of professionally trained psychologists and counselors recognize that the challenges of college life require a variety of personal strengths and problem solving skills. UCC staff is available to help students enhance their strengths and develop their abilities to effectively deal with the experiences of living, growing and learning at UND.
UCC offers a variety of services to UND undergraduate, graduate and professional students including short-term counseling (such as group, individual, and couples counseling), alcohol and other drug counseling, and career counseling. In addition to counseling, UCC offers testing services, consultation, outreach, and assistance with referrals.
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 is to raise awareness of positive mental health and increase accessibility and visibility of cutting edge services. As part of the division of Health & Wellness, the University Counseling Center supports and promotes mental and physical health advocating therapeutic lifestyle changes to aide in student success. Clinical services include individual, group, couples, and career counseling, as well as comprehensive, fully licensed chemical dependency treatment programs. These evidence-informed services allow us to continue to grow and serve as advocates for University of North Dakota students throughout their developmental and academic journeys. In addition, as part of the University community we maintain an active educational mission that includes a practicum training program and an American Psychological Association accredited doctoral psychology internship program. Finally, our pro-active outreach program provides educational and preventative services to the campus community.
- Commitment to ethical standards and equality, and to the service of all individuals with dignity and respect.
- Commitment to understand and connect to the experience of individuals we serve.
- Commitment to the independence and decision-making capacity of the individuals we serve.
- Commitment to foster and sustain internal and campus-wide partnerships in a collegial manner that is consistently professional, respectful, and empathic.
- Commitment to seek, implement, and maintain evidence-informed treatment strategies.
- Commitment to promote and practice health and wellness, personal and professional
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 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. Letters are to be submitted online.
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, 2016
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 competency areas, 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. Ken Carlson, 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 $25,000. 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, 2016.