About the Lone Star Psychology Internship Consortium
The Lone Star Psychology Internship Consortium’s (LSPIC) mission at UT Health Northeast is to prepare psychologists-in-training to provide clinically and culturally competent behavioral health services to traditionally underserved populations and geographical areas.
The LSPIC represents the collaborative effort of four Texas agencies to share resources and faculty for the purpose of providing a broad and general educational program for psychology interns.
The UT Health psychology training site partners with the Rio Grande Valley sites and the Big Spring State Hospital site to form the LSPIC. The one-year doctoral internship program is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), and has plans to apply for American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation in the future.
Our program offers one year, full time internship positions at treatment centers across the State of Texas. It is expected that by the conclusion of the internship year, interns will have achieved competence appropriate to their professional developmental level in the following areas:
Behavioral Health Intervention
- Case conceptualization and treatment planning
- Implementation of therapeutic interventions
- Crisis intervention
- Therapeutic skills
Assessment and Diagnosis
- Diagnostic skill
- Instrument selection, administration, and scoring
- Test interpretation
- Clinical formulation
- Report writing
- Communicating results
Consultation and Collaboration
- Multidisciplinary collaboration
- Theories and methods of consultation
- Theories and methods of supervision
- Effective use of supervision
Cultural and Individual Diversity
- Cultural awareness
- Effects of cultural considerations on clinical activities
- Evidence-informed approach to cultural considerations
Science and Practice Integration
- Application of scientific knowledge to practice
- Program evaluation
- Knowledge of ethical, legal, and professional standards
- Adherence to ethical principles and guidelines
- Professional awareness
- Interpersonal relationships
- Self awareness
- Clinical documentation
- Case management
The training site at UT Health offers two one-year doctoral internship opportunities each year.
Interns gain training in the areas of clinical psychology and neuropsychology and develop experience in delivering integrated behavioral healthcare in various medical settings, including a Family Medicine residency, Internal Medicine Clinic/Center for Healthy Aging, and, Neurorestorative post-acute rehabilitation. Experiences are longitudinal, allowing for the development of therapeutic alliances with patients, as well as collegial relationships with physician faculty and residents.
Hands-on learning opportunities include:
- Working with primary care faculty and residents in the Family Health Center and working with internal medicine physicians in the Center for Healthy Aging, providing consultation, “warm handoffs,” crisis management, and psychotherapy and counseling
- Conducting psychological and neuropsychological assessment for various referral sources, including physician referral and Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), among others
- Working in a long-term post-acute brain injury rehabilitation unit, providing psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessment
- Providing consultation to inpatient units, the cancer center, and East Texas Cares Resources, an HIV-outreach center
- Providing psychoeducation in health self-management groups such as smoking cessation and weight management
- Developing new services in area(s) of interest
- Developing understanding and confidence in interfacing with the medical community, grasping the cultural differences between professions, and providing streamlined integrated behavioral health
- Gaining exposure to the multidisciplinary approach of caring for patients through interaction with physicians, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, speech therapists, and community mental health workers
Supervision and Didactics
- Individual supervision is provided by each of the two full-time faculty, yielding two hours per week
- Group supervision occurs locally and across sites. Local group supervision involves the two local psychology interns and local faculty. Consortium group supervision occurs over WebEx. Both experiences yield 2 hours of group supervision per week
- Didactics occur Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. via distance technology. Didactic seminars will focus on a range of topics. A sample of such topics includes:
- Risk Assessment and Suicidality
- Ethics for the Early-Career Professional and Texas Laws
- Multicultural Diversity and Professional Competence
- Rural Mental Health
- Trauma-Focused CBT
- Disaster Response
- Theories and Methods of Supervision
- Program Evaluation
- Assessment and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder
- Medical/Neurological Disorders Presenting as Psychiatric Illness
- Forensic Psychology
- Advocacy for the Profession/ Advocacy for the Patient
- Assessment and Treatment of Psychotic Disorders
- Alternative Careers in Psychology
Stipend and Benefits
The annual stipend across consortium sites will be $20,000. All LSPIC interns are required by the consortium to have current health insurance coverage. Access to health benefits will be provided to all interns but may vary across sites. Annual vacation, professional, and sick leave will be provided to all interns.
Funding for travel within the State of Texas is provided in order for interns to complete required internship experiences. Each training site provides assessment and other training materials, and additional materials that may be needed may be purchased using consortium funding with Training Committee approval. Each intern additionally has access to office space and equipment through their primary training site.
Charles Walker, Ph.D.
Training Director, Lone Star Psychology Internship Consortium
Kathryn Wortz, Ph.D.
Site Director, Lone Star Psychology Internship Consortium
Paul Andrews, Ph.D., ABPP
Applicants to the LSPIC may apply to as many training sites within the consortium as they wish. Each consortium site has a unique Match number, so applicants will be able to rank the sites according to their preference. LSPIC’s Match numbers can be found on the National Matching Service Website. Students interested in applying for the internship program should submit an online application through the APPIC website. More information can be obtained at LSPIC’s website.
A complete application consists of the following materials:
- A completed Online AAPI (APPIC’s standard application)
- Cover letter (part of online AAPI) stating your preferred training site(s) and why you are interested in those sites specifically
- A current Curriculum Vitae (as part of the online AAPI)
- Three letters of recommendation, two of which must be from persons who have directly supervised your clinical work (as part of the online AAPI). Please submit no more than three letters.
- Official transcripts of all graduate coursework
- All applicants are required to include work samples as part of the application process. Applicants should upload one integrated psychological evaluation and a one-page case summary/conceptualization as supplemental materials. Please submit no more than the requested documents.
All application materials must be received by December 4 in order to be considered. If applicants are invited to interview, they will be notified by email on or before December 13. Interviews will be scheduled in December and early January and can occur via phone or video conference.
LSPIC will base its selection process on the entire application package noted above; however, applicants who have met the following qualifications prior to beginning internship will be considered preferred:
- A minimum of 500 intervention hours
- A minimum of 50 assessment hours
- Dissertation proposal defended
- Some experience or special interest in working with diverse and/or under served populations
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