Psychology Internship Consortium

Immaculata University Psychology Internship Consortium (APA-Accredited Internship)

Description:
The Immaculata University Psychology Internship Consortium (IU-PIC) is an APA-accredited internship, organized and monitored by Immaculata’s Psychology and Counseling Department. The IU-PIC is a cooperative training program including many agencies and organizations across the area, primarily within commuting distance of Immaculata University. Our affiliated training sites are diverse, including private practice settings, university counseling centers, community mental health, and a neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation center. The IU-PIC follows a practitioner-scholar model of training, preparing interns for the professional practice of psychology as informed by scholarly inquiry and empirical research.

Phase I of the APPIC Match is reserved for Immaculata University applicants. Non-Immaculata University applicants may participate in Phase II and the Post Match Vacancy Service if all positions are not filled in Phase I. For additional information about the IU-PIC training program and application process, please review our training brochure and APPIC Directory listing.

Application information:

  • Applicants to the IU-PIC must complete the AAPI Online application. The AAPI Online application can be accessed through www.appic.org.
  • The deadline for submitting applications is November 10th. All materials must be received by this date in order for your application to be considered.

Additional information:

Questions related to the program’s accreditation 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).

Contact information
For questions about training opportunities within the IU-PIC, please contact the Executive Training Director, Dr. Mary Tabit. For questions about application requirements, your submitted application, or the Match process, please contact the Associate Training Director, Dr. Christina Wohleber.

Executive Training Director
Mary Tabit, Psy.D.
mtabit@immaculata.edu
484-323-3464

Associate Training Director: APPIC Application Intern Selection and Match Process
Christina Wohleber, Psy.D.
cwohleber@cvca-pa-org
215-753-8111

Associate Training Director: Intern Evaluation and Conflict Resolution- Due Process and Grievance Procedures
Helen Polak, Psy.D.
polak@rowan.edu
856-256-4333

Director of Internship Administration & APA Compliance Reporting
Jeannine Zack
jzack@immaculata.edu
484-323-3492

Assistant Training Director
Kristen Ullrich, Psy.D
kullrich@immaculata.edu
610-647-4400, ext. 3293

Valuing Diversity

Immaculata University’s Psychology Internship Consortium places a strong emphasis on diversity by striving to create an atmosphere and supportive environment that includes respecting, listening to and valuing multiple perspectives. We recognize the importance of training interns to exercise cultural humility, as this is critical in reducing health 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, 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 considerations. Students are also encouraged to engage in independent didactics that focus on cultural humility and adapting interventions to be culturally sensitive to the populations they serve.

Regarding recruitment, we seek diverse applicants and those who have strong interest in and sensitivity to diversity as evidenced by the student’s AAPI. Our goal is to continuously 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 Site Training Directors and 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 end-of-year evaluations regarding the item “addressed diversity issues in supervision.”

Diversity Committee

The IU-PIC diversity committee is comprised of a small group of interns and the executive training director who gather quarterly to discuss and develop opportunities for maximizing diversity training within the IU-PIC. The executive training director guides discussion around the exploration and evaluation of interns’ diversity experiences, and addresses topics around the recruitment of diverse staff and interns.

Recent Didactic Seminar Diversity Topics

Students in the IU-PIC attend a monthly 8-hour didactic seminar. Recent presentations focused on diversity have included:

  • A Multicultural Approach to Supervision: Exploring Diversity within the Supervisory Experience– Catrina Vitagliano, Psy.D.
  • Multicultural Competency: Training, Ethical Considerations, and Applied Examples– Mary Tabit, Psy.D.
  • Multicultural Perspectives in CBT: Applications and Supervision Considerations– Mary Tabit, Psy.D.
  • Ethical Supervision informed by Multicultural and Post-Colonial Practices and Belief Systems– Daniel Lee, Psy.D., CSP
  • Foundations of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Implicit Bias– Monika Williams Shealey, Ph.D.
  • Integrating Diversity in the Work of a Psychologist– Francien Chenoweth Richardson, Psy.D.
  • Addressing the Implications of Antiracist Stance in Behavioral Health– John Muehsam, Ph.D., LSW, CAADC, CPRP and Dora Eaton, MBA, MS, LPC
  • Journal article facilitated discussion: 
    Kamal, K., Li, J.J., Hahm, H.C., & Liu, C.H. (2021). Psychiatric impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic on U.S. sexual and gender minority young adults. Psychiatry Research, 299, 113855. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.08.001

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