Program Information: Psychology

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2316
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Avondale Elementary School District
Department: Psychology
Address: 295 West Western Avenue
Avondale, Arizona 85323
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ
Distance from Major City: 26 miles west of downtown Phoenix, AZ
Phone: 602-763-1452
Fax: 623-772-5090
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: School District
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Neil Stafford
Chief Psychologist: Shaunna Haley
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 6
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/18/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 9
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 25000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): The intern will also be able to attend statewide conferences paid for by the district.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns work Monday - Friday from approximately 7:30 am to 4 pm. The work day is arranged around the school schedule to maximize the amount of time spent with students. The intern will participate in IEP and evaluation meetings, which can occur before, during or after school. They will spend their day observing, assessing, providing intervention to students, or consulting with parents and staff about students. Interns also spend part of each day completing required paperwork.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
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: 11/27/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
Interview notification date: 12/10/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/03/2022
Interview process description:

We offer in-person, phone, and video interviews. No preference is given. The interviews typically last 1 hour, they are indiividual interviews, and are conducted with at least two AESD staff members, a DVUSD staff member, a PUHSD, and a SMUSD staff member. Interviewees are also given the opportunity to meet with current interns, and to tour the schools. Interns will interview with the entire team even if they are only interested in one of the specific tracts. The interview notifications are sent via email, and confirmation may be made via email or phone.

How to obtain application info: Email the Program
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Texas A&M, Mississippi State, University of Arizona, Argosy University-Phoenix, University of Northern Colorado, University of South Dakota, University of Central Arkansas, Indiana State University, Mississippi State University, University of Iowa, Oklahoma State University, Tulane University, California Lutheran University, Midwestern University, University of Northern Colorado, Texas Women's University, University of Wisconsin, University of Kentucky, Alliant University, Duquesne University, Fielding University
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
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: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 25
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree 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: The trainee must have a valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance card obtained through the AZ Department of Public Safety prior to starting the internship. The program will assist those matched to obtain the clearance card if they do not already have one. The matched trainee must also complete an employment application for Human Resources paperwork purposes prior to the start of the internship.
Program Description

 AESD provides a planned, programmed sequence of training experiences with the primary focus being on assuring breadth and quality of training. The program offers three different training locations. The training is the same in each location. An applicant can apply to any combination of the three. The three locations are all within the greater Phoenix area. The first location is in Avondale a southwest suburb of Phoenix. This is an elementary school district with 5 internship positions. The second location is in Tonopah, a far west suburb of Phoenix. It is a more rural area. The district serves Preschool through 12th grade. There is 1 internship position at this location. The third location is in Peoria, a northwest suburb of Phoneix. It is a more urban area. The district serves Preschool through 12th grade. There are 2 internship positions at this location. 

The internship is structured to meet Arizona’s requirements to become a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist. The program consists of 2000 hours of training over a 12-month period with at least 25% in direct service. The program is designed for a school psychology experience. Students from school psychology doctoral programs are preferred, but students from other programs will be considered. Experience in a school setting is strongly preferred. 

Interns are exposed to both Special Education and General Education programs. Under supervision of licensed psychologists, interns provide psychoeducational and psychological evaluations, consultation, training, counseling, behavior management, and crisis intervention services. Training assignments are made to assure that each intern has the opportunity to provide assessment and intervention to students with various needs and diagnoses and to serve various age, cultural, socioeconomic, and minority groups. The wide range of diversity among students and staff in the program allows the internship to offer considerable multicultural experiences to interns. Special efforts are also made to provide experience with low incidence disorders.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Older Adults:
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Long-term Psychotherapy:
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students : Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)


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

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:  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
Number of Completed Applications: 43 54 77 62 102
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 22 18 30 36 45
Total number of interns: 4 5 7 8 9
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 5 7 8 9
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 3 6 5 5
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 1 3 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 2 1 2 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 4 3 6 6 8
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0 0 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 62 300 150 150 75
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 2 0 0 0 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 0 3 4 3
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 1 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 1 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 1 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 3 3 3 5 3
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 1
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 0 1 1 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 1 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0