Program Information: Psychological Resources for OU Student-Athletes

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2490
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Oklahoma Sport Psychology Consortium
Department: Psychological Resources for OU Student-Athletes
Address: 180 W Brooks
Norman, Oklahoma 73019
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 27 miles south of Oklahoma City, OK;
Phone: 405-325-0226
Fax:
Email: dolores@ou.edu
Web Address: http://www.soonersports.com
Brochure Website's Address: http://www.soonersports.com
Primary Agency Type: Consortium
Additional Agency Types:
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited on Contingency
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Dolores Christensen
Chief Psychologist: Cody Commander
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/25/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 25500
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Comp tickets to OU athletic events at discounted staff rates; $1,000 in professional development funds to be used towards conference attendance, pending budget availability in the OU Athletics Department; accrual of 22 hours (i.e., 2.75 days) per month of “paid time off” (PTO) that can be used for sick time and/or vacation leave; 12 paid university holidays during the training year; five days (40 total hours) of professional leave that can be used for attending state, regional, or national psychology conventions, to obtain additional professional training, attend dissertation defense, and/or interview for job or postdoctoral fellow positions.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns spend four days per week in an embedded mental health counseling center, Psychological Resources for OU Student-Athletes (PROS) within the University of Oklahoma (OU) Athletics Department, a busy and dynamic National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I institution. At PROS, interns provide mental health, psychological assessment, and performance psychology services to OU student-athletes and regular consultation to OU administration, coaches, sports medicine staff, and academic advisors. The fifth day of the week is spent in a private practice setting at Commander Counseling & Wellness (CCW), which provides interns with the opportunity to gain valuable experience working with a diverse community population including individuals, children and adolescents, and couples. A large focus at CCW is on psychological assessments used in the evaluation for learning disorders, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. A typical day at PROS would include seeing student-athlete clients in the morning, attending interdisciplinary treatment team meetings and/or providing interdisciplinary consultation, and then meeting with teams in the afternoon to observe practices and/or provide team performance psychology interventions. A typical day at CCW includes meeting with psychological testing clients for intake, assessment, and feedback sessions, as well as counseling clients in the afternoon.
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: 11/18/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/20/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2022
Interview process description:

All applications are reviewed by the OSPC Director of Training, OSPC training staff, and current interns (as long as a dual relationship does not exist between the reviewer and the applicant).

Invitations for Zoom interviews will be offered on Monday, December 20th, 2021 via email. If you have not heard from us by the end of the day on the 20th, please contact the OSPC Director of Training. Zoom interviews lasting approximately 75 minutes will be held on Monday, January 10th, Wednesday, January 12th, and Thursday January 13th, 2022.

  • Interviews will include members of the OSPC training staff, as well as current interns (schedules permitting).
  • Applicants will be asked to rank-order their preferred times for the interview when they are notified on December 20th. The OSPC will do our best to accommodate each applicant’s first choice time slot.

A day-long (e.g., approximately 9am to 2pm) optional Open House will be held on Friday, January 28th, 2022. This date is tentative at this time and as a site we are still exploring options for an in-person and/or virtual open house.

An Important Note on the Open House

We view the Open House as an opportunity for applicants to get to know our sites and training staff, speak with current interns, and experience what life is like in Norman, OK. While this information can be valuable to an intern’s own ranking process, we also understand that arranging travel and hotel accommodations for such visits can create a significant financial burden for applicants in an already-expensive process. Alternatively, a virtual day-long open house can represent a time commitment that some students may not be able to make due to work, family, or school demands. As such, we wish to live our social justice values and respect the diverse backgrounds and needs of applicants by making the Open House an optional and non-evaluative aspect of applying to the OSPC. Our internship rankings will be submitted to the APPIC portal prior to the Open House and attendance at the Open House will not positively impact those rankings (i.e., an applicant cannot “move up” the rankings by attending the Open House). Additionally, due to the time demands on our training staff, requests for individual visits will be referred to the Open House. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Fielding Graduate University; California Lutheran University; Indiana University; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Tennessee State University; University of North Texas
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: Yes
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 0
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
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: In accordance with the University of Oklahoma hiring policy, candidates who match with the OSPC must complete a background check and provide proof of individual professional liability insurance. Final hiring for internship is contingent on clearing these steps.
Program Description

The overarching aim of the Oklahoma Sport Psychology Consortium (OSPC) is to train competent and ethical applied psychology professionals who are well-rounded in their clinical skills, evolve in their awareness of intersectional multiculturalism, and grow in their sense of self as emerging practitioners. A secondary aim of the OSPC is to assist interns in developing the necessary clinical skills useful in providing psychological testing and counseling to collegiate student-athletes and general population clients. Graduates of this training program would be ideal professionals who are qualified to work within a collegiate athletic department, a university counseling center with the student-athlete population, and/or a private practice setting serving the diverse counseling and assessments needs of sport and performance populations. The OSPC works towards these goals by offering two training sites within the consortium: The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department’s Psychological Resources for OU Student-Athletes and Commander Counseling & Wellness, a community group practice serving the central Oklahoma area.

First, doctoral interns are immersed in an embedded mental health counseling center, Psychological Resources for OU Student-Athletes (PROS) within the University of Oklahoma (OU) Athletics Department, a busy and dynamic National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I institution. This setting allows doctoral interns to become acquainted with the day-to-day functioning of OU Athletics as integral members of an OU student-athlete’s support team by providing mental health, performance excellence, and psychological testing services to OU student-athletes. This setting also allows ample opportunity for interns to work in conjunction with academic advisors, sport medicine staff, and athletics administrations to facilitate and support the overall wellness and holistic success of OU student-athletes.

Second, the complementary experience of a private practice setting at Commander Counseling & Wellness (CCW) provides doctoral interns with the opportunity to gain valuable experience working with a diverse and varied community population including individuals, children and adolescents, and couples. At CCW, an emphasis is placed on psychological assessments used in the evaluation for learning disorders, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. This placement also provides interns with dedicated mentoring and supervision relevant to developing their skills and knowledge of how to build, sustain, and grow a private practice in the future.

The OSPC is a full-time, minimum 40-hour per week training program that begins on the fourth Monday of July and concludes on the fourth Friday of July the following year. Interns will function under the formal title of “doctoral interns” and are eligible for OU health insurance and benefits, except for retirement which is an OU HR policy exception pertaining to psychological interns. It is expected that doctoral interns will accrue 2,000 hours of supervised professional experience within this 12-month time frame to fulfill American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation and Oklahoma state requirements for licensure as a health service psychologist.

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Inpatients:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired:
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness:
Other: Division 1 collegiate athletes

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Rehabilitation Psychology: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
School:
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Multicultural Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Research:
Administration: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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: http://www.soonersports.com  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: 9 47
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 9 17
Total number of interns: 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 2 2
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 1 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 35 54
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 2 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
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 0 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 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
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: 0 0 0 2 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 2
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0