Department : Psychology Internship Program

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1500
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Ohio Psychology Internship - Formerly Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Department: Psychology Internship Program
Address: 37 N. Broadway Street
Akron, Ohio 44308-1910
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH
Distance from Major City: 45 minutes south of Cleveland
Phone: 234-706-5921
Fax:
Email: ttoscano@summit-psychological.com
Web Address: http://www.summit-psychological.org/internship
Brochure Website's Address: https://irp.cdn-website.com/c0fd7c50/files/uploaded/internship%20handbook%202023-24-c810c466.pdf
Primary Agency Type: Consortium
Additional Agency Types:
  • Consortium
  • Prison or Other Correctional Facility
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited, On Probation
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Tara Toscano Psy.D.
Chief Psychologist: Deborah Walsh Ph.D.
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 11
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2024
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 8
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 32000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Portion of Health Insurance is paid by agency and a portion is paid by the intern. Interns are given two extra days (16 hours) of leave time beyond sick and vacation time to use for a conference, dissertation, graduation, post-doc/job interviews. This is a total of 10 vacation/sick days and 2 conference days. It is important to note that all sites are closed for the 6 major holidays (Labor Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving day, New Years day, and Christmas Day) but the Correction track offers additional days off that the outpatient and community correction facilities are open.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site OPI Consortium has two distinct 40-hour a week tracks: Outpatient Forensic Services/Community Corrections, and Corrections: State Prisons. Applicants can choose to apply for one or both of the tracks but interns will be matched with one track to be in all internship year (interns do not rotate between the three sites). It is common for outpatient forensic interns to work beyond the 40-hours a week to complete documentation or evaluations in a timely manner for referral sources. Didactic trainings occur in 3-hour blocks, at least twice a month, which allows for exposure at each facility and supervisors from various facilities. Each track offers various short- and long-term individual and group treatment opportunities. Throughout each week, all interns will have • 2 separate hours of individual supervision • 1 hour of track-specific group supervision • 1 hour of group supervision for the whole cohort • Documentation time each day • Direct contact hours with clients, which varies based on intern interest and track • Interdisciplinary meetings in the form of grand rounds, staff meetings and/or meetings with referral sources • Time allotted for evaluations that can be used for documentation if no evaluation is scheduled/preferred
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/30/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Optional
A Virtual Interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/15/2023
Tentative interview date: January 2024
Interview process description:

Since COVID19, we are holding all interviews in January through a remote video format. All applicants are required to attend one 2-hour informational session prior to a remote interview with one or two supervisors from the track that is being interviewed for. If you apply to more than one track and are offered an interview for more than one track, you will still attend one 2-hour informational but will schedule separate interviews per track. Contact with the current interns will be available through intern open houses which will be offered at least twice during January. If requested, we will attempt to accommodate speaking individually with current interns if you cannot attend an open house or have a specific interest you want to hear more about. Videos including information about each track is also available on our website. If an applicant is unable to use the video format, arrangements will be made to complete the interviews by phone, though video is strongly preferred.  Applicants will be notified by email if offered an interview.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: We match with a wide variety of Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs. Many of the matched interns come from forensic programs but this is not required.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: Yes, by start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: No
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 50
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable):
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
Non-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: All sites require background checks which are paid for by the sites.
Program Description

The Ohio Psychology Internship (OPI) is a consortium of training sites each following a community-based practitioner model. Each supervisor is a licensed psychologist and is credentialed by the OPI.

OPI consortium has two distinct 40-hour a week tracks: Outpatient Forensic Services/Community Corrections, and Corrections. Applicants can choose to apply for one or both of the tracks but interns will be matched with one track to be in all internship year (interns do not rotate between the tracks). It is common for outpatient forensic track interns to work beyond the 40-hours a week to complete documentation or evaluations.

Outpatient Forensic Services Track - interns work in an outpatient forensic agency (Summit Psychological Associates, Inc.) where they provide individual and group counseling to outpatient forensic (majority of clients) and non-forensic clients. Each interns’ schedule includes individual clients, treatment and/or psychoeducation groups, an evaluation block, supervision, documentation, and there are additional opportunities for other duties. Therapies can include offense-related treatment for sex offense or domestic violence perpetrators, competency restoration, substance abuse, and/or general mental health clients. Interns gain significant experience in forensic assessments, including but not limited to NGRI, Competency to Stand Trial, Fitness-for-Duty and Pre-Employment evaluations. Additional opportunities can include being the liaison for a domestic violence misdemeanor diversion court program as well as participate in additional forensic evaluations outside of their evaluation block. Most evaluations do not include testing aside from the MMPI, mostly MMPI-2 RF. Some interns work a few hours a week with Oriana House, a community based correctional facility, where they provide brief therapy and crisis services to forensic clients. Some interns provide mental health and substance abuse services within the County Jail or community corrections setting for part of their week. Duties are assigned based on a preference list provided once matched. It is common for forensic interns to work beyond the 40-hours a week to complete documentation or evaluations.

Corrections Track - Interns in the State Prison sites gain experience working with incarcerated persons at several Ohio based prisons including the Lorain Correctional Institution (LorCI) and Grafton Correctional Institution (GCI). LorCI is a male correctional reception center where incarcerated persons are evaluated and classified with respect to security level and healthcare needs prior to their placement at a parent facility. Services in this setting focus on mental health evaluations, brief therapeutic interventions, and crisis risk assessments. Grafton Correctional Complex is a medium-minimum security male facility that has multiple missions including a Residential Treatment Unit, outpatient services, and a correctional camp. Interns will spend their internship year split between both facilities, completing a 6-month rotation at each facility. Both correctional sites will provide the interns the opportunity to gain competency in completing mental health evaluations, psychological testing, crisis risk assessments, suicide prevention activities, group therapy, training opportunities, brief and long-term psychotherapy, completing assessments and treatment for individuals with a wide variety of clinical presentations while working in a multidisciplinary setting.

In both tracks, interns attend individual and group supervision and have documentation time in their schedules. Interns have the opportunity to interact as a consortium by engaging in weekly supervision, quarterly gatherings, and didactics twice monthly as a consortium. There are opportunities to receive additional didactic training within the track. Interns are provided with 100 hours of didactic training seminars including training on Psychology of Sex Offenders, sex offense treatment, forensic assessments, multiculturalism, supervision, providing expert witness testimony and others. Though most didactics are conducted via Microsoft Teams, interns will travel between sites at least quarterly for didactics or other activities. Interns can also have the opportunity to act as a Chief Intern or Co-Chief Intern.

 

 

Our APA accreditation status is APA-accredited, on probation. We are scheduled for a review of this status after the 2024-25 internship year has already started, which means the accreditation status that our 2024-25 interns can use when applying to future endeavors is currently unknown. Though we are committed to restoring our accreditation status, this cannot be promised.

 

**Please note that we previously had an Inpatient Track, but we regret to inform you that Heartland Behavioral Healthcare (HBH) had to withdraw and will be unable to recruit for the upcoming year. OPI is not offering the Inpatient Track for the 2024-25 training year.**

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Infants:
Toddlers:
Children:
Adolescents:
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other:

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Experience (21% to 30%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Primary Care: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Evidenced Based Practice: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health: Exposure (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: Experience (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities: Experience (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: Experience (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Anxiety Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics:
School:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Supervision:
Research:
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at: www.summit-psychological.org/internship  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024
Number of Completed Applications: 25 28 55 45 45 79 37
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 20 24 38 35 40 63 35
Total number of interns: 6 5 10 8 8 10 9
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 10 8 8 10 9
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 6 8 7
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 5
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 10
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2022-2023
Academic teaching: 1
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 3
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 1
Psychiatric facility: 1
Correctional facility: 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 2
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 1