Psychology Internship Consortium

Immaculata University Psychology Internship Consortium
APA Accredited Internship

The Immaculata University Psychology Internship Consortium, is an APA accredited internship, organized and monitored by the Immaculata’s Psychology and Counseling Department. The Consortium provides doctoral internships for Immaculata’s Psy.D. clinical doctoral candidates. A limited number of placements are offered for intern applicants from other APA-accredited doctoral programs through APPIC’s Match II and Post Match Vacancy Service (see additional information about the Consortium on the IU Psychology Internship Consortium page).

The consortium is a cooperative training program including many agencies and organizations across the area, primarily within commuting distance of Immaculata. The internship program follows a practitioner-scholar model which prepares interns for the professional practice of psychology, informed by scholarly inquiry and empirical research.

  • Intern applicants should complete the APPIC Application for internship (AAPI).
  • The deadline for application is November 10th.

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202)-336-5979/E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

The Immaculata University Psychology Internship Consortium is also a member of the Association of Psychological Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).

Questions related to the program should be directed to:
Internship Executive Training Director
Catrina Vitagliano, Psy.D.
cvitagliano@immaculata.edu
484-323-3464

Associate Training Directors:
Christina Wohleber, Psy.D.
cwohleber@cvca-pa-org
215-753-8111
215-753-8113 – FAX

Traci Bolander, Psy.D.
tbolander@midatlanticbh.com
302-224-1400
302-224-1402 – Fax

Director of Internship Administration & APA Compliance Reporting
Natalie Heaps, M.A.
nheaps@immaculata.edu
484-323-3492
610-647-2324 – Fax

Valuing Diversity

Immaculata University’s Psychology Internship Consortium places a strong emphasis on diversity by creating an atmosphere and supportive environment which includes respecting, listening to and valuing multiple perspectives. We recognize the importance of training interns to become culturally competent psychologists, as this is critical in reducing health care disparities and providing quality care to clients with diverse values, beliefs and behaviors.

We believe exposure to cultural information, diverse cases and discussion creates cognitive growth and builds strong scaffolding for interns to incorporate diversity into their clinical work. We strive to enhance diversity competencies by integrating diversity into the didactic training curriculum, supervision, all clinical training experiences, recruitment and retention efforts and ongoing educational opportunities.

In addition, formal case presentations include a diversity component to facilitate dialogue, peer consultation and active considerations of multicultural views. Current articles from peer reviewed journals on diversity and cultural adaptation are provided.

Regarding recruitment, we seek diverse applicants and those who have strong interests and experience in diversity. Training staff carefully review applicants for eligibility and examine personal statements, essays, research interests and bilingual abilities to determine diversity interests and sensitivity. Over the past five years, diverse interns range from 10-32%. The goal is to continue to improve in this area.

Supervisors focus on and model multicultural competence in the supervisory relationship, which enhances the intern’s ability to grow and develop competence. Continuing education workshops on diversity and supervision are offered for supervisors to provide them with current resources and skills necessary to practice within a multicultural framework and incorporate diversity into the supervision process. During the past five years, intern ratings of supervisors are consistently high on the end-of-year evaluations regarding the item “addressed diversity issues in supervision.”

Diversity Committee

A diversity committee was developed to include interns, supervisors, and the executive training director. It was designed to facilitate training opportunities in diversity and evaluate how we deal with diversity and recruitment of diverse staff and interns.

Goals:

  • Recommend diversity resources
  • Recommend intern development workshops
  • Recommend supervisor/staff development workshops
  • Discuss and analyze recruitment and retention efforts

Diversity Didactic Topics

  • Relational Trauma, Abject Poverty & Broken Visions of Family in Elkton Maryland
  • Transgender Affirmative Therapy: Case Study Highlighting Unique Challenges Related to Diagnosis & Treatment of Transgender Individuals
  • Multicultural Assessment & Interpretation of Integrated Data
  • Community Base Services, Complex Post Trauma & Implications for Psychotherapy
  • Migration, Identity & Adaptation: Insights from the Interface of Clinical, Social & Political Psychology
  • Application of a Feminist Approach to the Conceptualization and Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Two Case Examples
  • Play Therapy & Diversity Issues
  • Psychological Characteristics and Cultural/Sociological Influences of the “Lonewolf Terrorist.” Difference between Victims of a Terrorist Attack and the Victims of a Natural Disaster and the Various Treatment Approaches
  • Diversity Issues in Treatment and Supervision
  • Becoming a Competent Supervisor: APA Guidelines for Clinical Supervisors & Diversity Implications

Diversity Articles

Didactics: Diversity

Abramovich, A. (2017). Understanding how policy and culture create oppressive conditions for LGBTQ2S youth in the shelter system. Journal of Homosexuality, 64(11), 1484-1501. doi:10.1080/00918369.2016.1244449

Andrews, E. E., & Lund, E. M. (2015). Disability in Psychology Training: Where Are We? Training and Education in Professional Psychology, doi:10.1037/tep0000085

Aroian, K. J., Templin, T. N., & Hough, E. S. (2016). Daily hassles, mother–child relationship, and behavior problems in Muslim Arab American adolescents in immigrant families. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 22, 533-543. doi: 10.1037/cdp0000084

Barrera, M. r., Castro, F. G., Strycker, L. A., & Toobert, D. J. (2013). Cultural adaptations of behavioral health interventions: A progress report. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81(2), 196-205. doi:10.1037/a0027085

Benish, S. G., Quintana, S., & Wampold, B. E. (2011). Culturally adapted psychotherapy and the legitimacy of myth: A direct-comparison meta-analysis. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 58(3), 279-289. doi:10.1037/a0023626

Berger, L. K., Zane, N., & Hwang, W. (2014). Therapist ethnicity and treatment orientation differences in multicultural counseling competencies. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 5(1), 53-65. doi:10.1037/a0036178

Bernal, G., & Domenech Rodríguez, M. M. (2012). Cultural adaptation in context: Psychotherapy as a historical account of adaptations. In G. Bernal, M. M. Domenech Rodríguez (Eds.), Cultural adaptations: Tools for evidence-based practice with diverse populations (pp. 3-22). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association. doi:10.1037/13752-001

Bieschke, K. J. (2014). Training psychologists to work with diverse clients. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 1(2), 102-105. doi:10.1037/sgd0000037

Buck, D. M., & Obzud, T. (2018). Context-dependent transprejudice: Attitudes toward transgender individuals in gender-integrated and gender-segregated settings. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 5(1), 117-121. doi:10.1037/sgd0000251

Chan, A. W., Yeh, C. J., & Krumboltz, J. D. (2015). Mentoring Ethnic Minority Counseling and Clinical Psychology Students: A Multicultural, Ecological, and Relational Model. Journal of Counseling Psychology, doi:10.1037/cou0000079

Chu, J. P., Poon, G., Kwok, K. K., Leino, A. E., Goldblum, P., & Bongar, B. (2017). An assessment of training in and practice of culturally competent suicide assessment. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 11, 69-77. doi: 10.1037/tep0000147

Collins, S., Arthur, N., Brown, C., & Kennedy, B. (2015). Student perspectives: Graduate education facilitation of multicultural counseling and social justice competency. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 9(2), 153-160. doi:10.1037/tep0000070

Crotty, G., & Doody, O. (2016). Transcultural care and individuals with an intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 20(4), 386-396. doi:10.1177/1744629515621466

Cyrus, K. (2017). Multiple minorities as multiply marginalized: Applying the minority stress theory to LGBTQ people of color. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 21(3), 194-202. doi:10.1080/19359705.2017.13 

Drinane, J. M., Owen, J., & Tao, K. W. (2018). Cultural concealment and therapy outcomes. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 65(2), 239-246. doi:10.1037/cou000024620739

Eliason, M. J., Streed, C. J., & Henne, M. (2018). Coping with stress as an LGBTQ+ health care professional. Journal of Homosexuality, 65(5), 561-578. doi:10.1080/00918369.2017.1328224

Fraynt, R., Ross, L., Baker, B. L., Rystad, I., Lee, J., & Briggs, E. C. (2014). Predictors of treatment engagement in ethnically diverse, urban children receiving treatment for trauma exposure. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 27(1), 66-73. doi:10.1002/jts.21889

Fredriksen-Goldsen, K. I., Kim, H., McKenzie, G. L., Krinsky, L., & Emlet, C. A. (2017). Plan of action for real-world translation of LGBTQ health and aging research. LGBT Health, 4(6), 384-388. doi:10.1089/lgbt.2017.0185

Fondacaro, K. M., & Harder, V. S. (2014). Connecting cultures: A training model promoting evidence-based psychological services for refugees. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 8(4), 320-327. doi:10.1037/tep0000071

Fouad, N. A., Santana, M., & Ghosh, A. (2017). Empirical influence of the multicultural guidelines: A brief report. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 23(4), 583-587. doi:10.1037/cdp0000136

Gonzales, G., & Henning-Smith, C. (2017). Barriers to care among transgender and gender nonconforming adults. Milbank Quarterly, 95(4), 726-748. doi:10.1111/1468-0009.12297

Goodwin, B. J., Coyne, A. E., & Constantino, M. J. (2018). Extending the context-responsive psychotherapy integration framework to cultural processes in psychotherapy. Psychotherapy, 55(1), 3-8. doi:10.1037/pst0000143

Graham-LoPresti, J. R., Gautier, S. W., Sorenson, S., & Hayes-Skelton, S. A. (2017). Culturally sensitive adaptations to evidence-based cognitive behavioral treatment for social anxiety disorder: A case paper. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 24(4), 459-471. doi:10.1016/j.cbpra.2016.12.003

Husain, A. & Howard, S. (2017). Religious microaggressions: A case study of Muslim Americans. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work: Innovation in Theory, Research & Practice, 26, 139-152. doi.org/10.1080/15313204.2016.1269710

Johnson, A., & Jackson Williams, D. (2014). White racial identity, color-blind racial attitudes, and multicultural counseling competence. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, doi:10.1037/a0037533

Karel, M. J., Gatz, M., & Smyer, M. A. (2012). Aging and mental health in the decade ahead: What psychologists need to know. American Psychologist, 67(3), 184-198. doi:10.1037/a0025393

Kulick, A., Wernick, L. J., Woodford, M. R., & Renn, K. (2017). Heterosexism, depression, and campus engagement among LGBTQ college students: Intersectional differences and opportunities for healing. Journal of Homosexuality, 64(8), 1125-1141. doi:10.1080/00918369.2016.1242333

Kum, S. (2017). Gay, gray, black, and blue: An examination of some of the challenges faced by older LGBTQ people of color. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 21(3), 228-239. doi:10.1080/19359705.2017.1320742

Laher, S. & Cockcroft, K. (2017). Moving from culturally biased to culturally responsive assessment practices in low-resource, multicultural settings. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 48, 115-121. doi: 10.1037/pro0000102

Lasser, J., & Gottlieb, M. C. (2017). Facilitating informed consent: A multicultural perspective. Ethics & Behavior, 27(2), 106-117. doi:10.1080/10508422.2016.1174121

Lee, A. (2017). Clinical supervision of international supervisees: Suggestions for multicultural supervision. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, doi:10.1007/s10447-017-9312-0

Lee, D. L., Sheridan, D. J., Rosen, A. D., & Jones, I. (2012). Psychotherapy trainees’ multicultural case conceptualization content: Thematic differences across three cases. Psychotherapy, doi:10.1037/a0028242

McDonald, K. (2018). Social support and mental health in LGBTQ adolescents: A review of the literature. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 39(1), 16-29. doi:10.1080/01612840.2017.1398283

Maton, K. I., Wimms, H. E., Grant, S. K., Wittig, M. A., Rogers, M. R., & Vasquez, M. T. (2011). Experiences and perspectives of African American, Latina/o, Asian American, and European American psychology graduate students: A national study. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17(1), 68-78. doi:10.1037/a0021668

Mattos, L. A., Schmidt, A. T., Henderson, C. E., & Hogue, A. (2017). Therapeutic alliance and treatment outcome in the outpatient treatment of urban adolescents: The role of callous–unemotional traits. Psychotherapy, 54, 136-147. doi: 10.1037/pst0000093

Millet, N., Longworth, J., & Arcelus, J. (2017). Prevalence of anxiety symptoms and disorders in the transgender population: A systematic review of the literature. International Journal of Transgenderism, 18, 27-38. doi.org/10.1080/15532739.2016.1258353

Mirsalimi, H. (2010). Perspectives of an Iranian psychologist practicing in America. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 47(2), 151-161. doi:10.1037/a0019754

Moleiro, C., Freire, J., Pinto, N., & Roberto, S. (2017). Integrating diversity into therapy processes: The role of individual and cultural diversity competences in promoting equality of care. Counselling & Psychotherapy Research, doi:10.1002/capr.12157

Mosher, D. K., Hook, J. N., Captari, L. E., Davis, D. E., DeBlaere, C., & Owen, J. (2017). Cultural humility: A therapeutic framework for engaging diverse clients. Practice Innovations, 2(4), 221-233. doi:10.1037/pri0000055

Murphy, J., & Hardaway, R. (2017). LGBTQ adolescents of color: Considerations for working with youth and their families. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 21(3), 221-227. doi:10.1080/19359705.2017.1320741

Nezu, A. M. (2010). Cultural influences on the process of conducting psychotherapy: Personal reflections of an ethnic minority psychologist. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 47(2), 169-176. doi:10.1037/a0019756

Nolte, S., Osborne, R. H., Dwinger, S., Elsworth, G. R., Conrad, M. L., Rose, M., & … Zill, J. M. (2017). German translation, cultural adaptation, and validation of the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ). Plos ONE, 12(2)

Owen, J., Tao, K. W., Drinane, J. M., Hook, J., Davis, D. E., & Kune, N. F. (2016). Client perceptions of therapists’ multicultural orientation: Cultural (missed) opportunities and cultural humility. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 47(1), 30-37. doi:10.1037/pro0000046

Pan, D., Huey, S. r., & Hernandez, D. (2011). Culturally adapted versus standard exposure treatment for phobic Asian Americans: Treatment efficacy, moderators, and predictors. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17(1), 11-22. doi:10.1037/a0022534

Peterson, L. S., Villarreal, V., & Castro, M. J. (2017). Models and frameworks for culturally responsive adaptations of interventions. Contemporary School Psychology, 21(3), 181-190. doi:10.1007/s40688-016-0115-9

Plöderl, M., Kunrath, S., Cramer, R. J., Wang, J., Hauer, L., Fartacek, C. (2017). Sexual orientation differences in treatment expectation, alliance, and outcome among patients at risk for suicide in a public psychiatric hospital. BMC Psychiatry, 17, 184-185. doi: 10.1186/s12888-017-1337-8

Presley, S., & Day, S. X. (2018). Counseling dropout, retention, and ethnic/language match for Asian Americans. Psychological Services, doi:10.1037/ser0000223

Ramos, Z., & Alegría, M. (2014). Cultural adaptation and health literacy refinement of a brief depression intervention for Latinos in a low-resource setting. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 20(2), 293-301. doi:10.1037/a0035021

Ramos Duffer, M. (2018). Language matters: Competent mental health treatment for latina/latino/latinx undocumented immigrants—a comment on alfaro and bui. Ethics & Behavior, doi:10.1080/10508422.2018.1463533

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Serafini, K., Wendt, D. C., Ornelas, I. J., Doyle, S. R., & Donovan, D. M. (2017). Substance use and treatment outcomes among Spanish-speaking Latino/as from four acculturation types. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31, 180-188. doi: 10.1037/adb0000245

Smith, A. J., Hallum-Montes, R., Nevin, K., Zenker, R., Sutherland, B., Reagor, S., & … Brennan, J. M. (2018). Determinants of transgender individuals’ well-being, mental health, and suicidality in a rural state. Journal of Rural Mental Health, doi:10.1037/rmh0000089

Solomon, D. T., Heck, N., Reed, O. M., & Smith, D. W. (2017). Conducting culturally competent intake interviews with LGBTQ youth. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 4(4), 403-411. doi:10.1037/sgd0000255

Staples, J. M., Neilson, E. C., Bryan, A. B., & George, W. H. (2018). The role of distal minority stress and internalized transnegativity in suicidal ideation and nonsuicidal self-injury among transgender adults. Journal of Sex Research, 55(4-5), 591-603. doi:10.1080/00224499.2017.1393651

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