Program Information: Psychology Internship Consortium

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2406
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: High Plains Psychology Internship Consortium
Department: Psychology Internship Consortium
Address: University of Northern Colorado
501 20th Street
Campus Box 131
Greeley, Colorado 80639
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: varies by site, Denver (45-201 miles)
Phone: 970-351-1636
Fax:
Email: robyn.hess@unco.edu
Web Address: http://www.unco.edu/cebs/high-plains
Brochure Website's Address: http://www.unco.edu/cebs/high-plains
Primary Agency Type: Consortium
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
  • School District
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited on Contingency
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Robyn Hess
Chief Psychologist: Robyn Hess
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 7
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 08/09/2021
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 7
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 22000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Travel reimbursement for travel between sites for training purposes (e.g., didactics).
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The typical day varies across sites, but the majority of the day is spent in direct service to youth or adults including assessment and counseling (both group and individual). The school setting also includes opportunities for consultation and systems change.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?No
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? Yes
Details of the above affiliations High Plains PIC is partially affiliated with the University of Northern Colorado. The training director, Dr. Robyn S. Hess, is a full professor in School Psychology at UNC. Although UNC supports intern training with didactics, group supervision, and access to library materials, there is no intern position at UNC. Applicants from UNC are given additional points on their applications, but we welcome interns from all programs.
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 12/01/2020 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/11/2020
Interview notification date time zone: Mountain Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/08/2020
Interview process description:

Depending on the current conditions related to COVID-19, we will make a decision as to the best format for our interviews. Typically, our interviews are held at the University of Northern Colorado. They last from 9:00-2:00 and supervisors from each site are available either in person or via Zoom videoconferencing. The format will include individual interviews, group discussion with current interns, and orientation to HP-PIC. Applicants will be informed by 12/11/20 regarding their interview status. A videoconference can be set up for those applicants who cannot attend.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Eastern Kentucky University University of South Dakota University of Missouri George Fox University University of California - Riverside University of Central Arkansas University of Denver
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: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 300
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 50
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
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:
Program Description

High Plains Psychology Internship Consortium (High Plains PIC) represents the collaborative effort of six agencies in northern Colorado, south eastern Wyoming, and western Nebraska to pool and share resources for the purpose of creating a high-quality internship experience that meets the unique clinical and workforce needs of rural Colorado, Nebraska, and Wyoming.  The clinical training sites of High Plains PIC include the Educational Service Unit #13 (Scottsbluff, NE), Options in Psychology, LLC (Scottsbluff, NE), the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling (Fort Collins, CO), Weld Re-8 School District (Fort Lupton, CO) and Peak Wellness with offices in Laramie and Cheyenne, WY.  The Department of School Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado serves as a non-clinical training site that contributes expertise and resources to the consortium.

High Plains PIC offers one-year, full-time doctoral internships beginning in August and ending in late July each year. Member sites of the consortium provide a range of clinical and didactic experiences that represent the necessary depth and breadth required for future professional practice within rural school and clinical settings.  Interns have a primary placement at one site with the possibility of completing other training experiences at other sites within the consortium or with community partners. 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Group Therapy:
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Evidence Based Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Other:

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult:
Neuropsychology-Child: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Abuse:
Substance Use Disorders:
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
School: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Counseling: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

The level of experience across these areas varies across the different HP-PIC sites.

*Both ESU #13 (2 positions) and the RE-8 School District (1 position) will emphasize providing direct interventions, consultation, assessment, and systems change in a school-based setting.

*Options in Psychology (1 position) offers a broad range of direct services including assessment, individual and family therapy, and consultation with community partners for both youth and adult populations.

*CCAC (2 positions) will focus on assessment, with some opportunities for counseling, with an emphasis on either child or adult populations.

*Peak Wellness (1 position) focuses on an adult population with a wide range of needs including those with serious and persistent mental illness and crisis response. The emphasis at this site is on the use of evidence-based interventions within a therapeutic setting with opportunities for assessment.

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.unco.edu/cebs/high-plains  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
Number of Completed Applications: 4 3 15 42
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 4 3 14 36
Total number of interns: 2 2 3 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 0 2 3 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 2 2 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 0 1 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1 0 1 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 1 2 2 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 5 17 22 20
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 15 63 48 76
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 1 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 1 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 1 1
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 1 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 2 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 1 0 0