The Nevada Psychology Internship Consortium (NV-PIC) offers one-year, full-time doctoral internships beginning and ending in August. The start date for the 2021-2022 cohort is August 9, 2021. NV-PIC's mission is to prepare and retain high quality and culturally competent psychologists to provide integrated public behavioral health care for the people of Nevada. NV-PIC represents the collaborative effort of three sites within one state agency, the Division of Public and Behavioral Health, to share resources and faculty for the purpose of providing a diversified educational program for psychology interns. Training takes place at training sites in Las Vegas and Carson City: Carson City Rural Clinics (Carson City, NV); and Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (Las Vegas, NV).
NV-PIC provides a range of clinical and didactic experiences that represents the necessary depth and breadth required for future professional practice within psychology. Interns have a primary placement at one of three sites, with the possibility of completing minor rotations and other training experiences at the other sites within the consortium or with community partners. Across training sites, interns are required to complete 2,080 hours of training during the course of the internship year, of which at least 25% are spent in the provision of direct face-to-face clinical services. This includes completing an average of 10-20 hours per week of face-to-face direct service delivery. Interns are expected to achieve the goals and objectives of the internship program and to abide by the APA Code of Ethics, the requirements of the NV-PIC training program, and the policies and procedures of the NV-PIC training sites.
All interns who match to NV-PIC sites must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States. NV- PIC does not sponsor work visas. Interns must successfully pass a fingerprint-based background check before beginning employment and must provide results from a tuberculosis (TB) screening test from the previous 12-months. Instructions for providing this information or completing the background check and TB screening will be sent out to all who match after the match is complete. NV-PIC will reimburse these costs. Please note: if HR has a concern about the results of a background check, employees have 30 days to explain. Many factors are considered and HR handles this on a case by case basis based on the state division’s policy.
NV-PIC faculty are aware of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic and related necessary precautions are having on our current interns, as well as on the internship application and interview process. Below are some updates:
APPLICATION & INTERVIEW PROCEDURES FOR THE 2021-2022 COHORT:
• We have traditionally offered in-person and virtual interviews, and consistent with APPIC recommendations, this year we will hold all interviews remotely/virtually. In-person interviews will not be offered, even for local applicants.
• NV-PIC is maintaining the requirement that 25% of interns’ hours are direct client contact, consistent with APPIC requirements.
NV-PIC TRAINING AND SERVICE DELIVERY FORMATS:
• There are currently site-specific differences due to COVID-19. Interns at SNAMHS (inpatient) continue to provide in-person direct clinical services at the hospitals. The hospitals follow CDC guidelines, some examples include: wearing face masks, completing daily temperature checks, and COVID-19 screening questionnaires. At RCCC (outpatient), currently nearly all direct clinical services are occurring via telehealth. Any of this information may change by August 2021.
• Interns and training faculty can video-access into other meetings regularly. Currently, most meetings across sites are only taking place virtually. This may include staff meetings, clinical team meetings, and supervision. Some clinical supervision is occurring in-person with all safety precautions being implemented.
• Each intern is provided with a laptop and remote desktop access, so they can remotely and securely access everything needed for carrying out work.
For more information on NV-PIC and its consortium sites, please visit our website: www.nv-pic.org.