Psychology Internship Consortium

The Immaculata University Psychology Internship Consortium, organized and monitored by the Immaculata’s Psychology and Counseling Department, 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.

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

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

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

Contacts

Executive Training Director: Catrina Vitagliano, Psy.D. cvitagliano@immaculata.edu

Associate Training Directors: Daniel Gordon, Ph.D. Traci Bolander, Psy.D.

Director of Internship Administration and APA Compliance Reporting: Natalie Heaps, M.A. nheaps@immaculata.edu

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

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

Bidell, M. P., Ragen, J. K., Broach, C. D., & Carrillo, E. A. (2007). First impressions: A multicultural content analysis of professional psychology program Web sites. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 1(3), 204-214. doi:10.1037/1931-3918.1.3.204

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

Chu, J. P., Emmons, L., Wong, J., Goldblum, P., Reiser, R., Barrera, A. Z., & Byrd-Olmstead, J. (2012). The Public Psychology Doctoral Training Model: Training clinical psychologists in community mental health competencies and leadership. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 6(2), 76-83. doi:10.1037/a0028834

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

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

Guidelines for psychological practice with lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients. (2012). American Psychologist, 67(1), 10-42. doi:10.1037/a0024659

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

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

Khanbhai, Y., Smith, D., & Battersby, M. (2017). Gender by preferred gambling activity in treatment seeking problem gamblers: A comparison of subgroup characteristics and treatment outcomes. Journal of Gambling Studies, 33, 99-113. doi: 10.1007/s10899-016-9614-x

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

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

McNeill, B. W. (2011). Review of ‘Handbook of African American psychology’. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17(2), 225. doi:10.1037/a0023360

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

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

Pidano, A. E., Kurowski, E. C., & McEvoy, K. M. (2010). The next generation: How are clinical child psychologists being trained?. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 4(2), 121-127. doi:10.1037/a0017589

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

Sehgal, R., Saules, K., Young, A., Grey, M. J., Gillem, A. R., Nabors, N. A., & … Jefferson, S. (2011). Practicing what we know: Multicultural counseling competence among clinical psychology trainees and experienced multicultural psychologists. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17(1), 1-10. doi:10.1037/a0021667

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

Tummala–Narra, P., Singer, R., Li, Z., Esposito, J., & Ash, S. E. (2012). Individual and systemic factors in clinicians’ self-perceived cultural competence. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 43(3), 165-174. doi:10.1037/a0025783

Venner, K. L., & Verney, S. P. (2015). Motivational interviewing: Reduce student reluctance and increase engagement in learning multicultural concepts. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 46(2), 116-123. doi:10.1037/a0038856

Weiler, L. M., Helfrich, C. M., Palermo, F., & Zimmerman, T. S. (2013). Exploring diversity attitudes of youth placed in residential treatment facilities. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth, 30(1), 23-39. doi:10.1080/0886571X.2013.751790

Yabusaki, A. S. (2010). Clinical supervision: Dialogues on diversity. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 4(1), 55-61. doi:10.1037/a0017378

Cultural Adaptation Articles

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

Barrera, M. r., Toobert, D., Strycker, L., & Osuna, D. (2012). Effects of acculturation on a culturally adapted diabetes intervention for Latinas. Health Psychology, 31(1), 51-54. doi:10.1037/a0025205

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

Bernal, G., Jiménez-Chafey, M. I., & Domenech Rodríguez, M. M. (2009). Cultural adaptation of treatments: A resource for considering culture in evidence-based practice. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 40(4), 361-368. doi:10.1037/a0016401

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

Crisp, R. J., & Turner, R. N. (2011). Cognitive adaptation to the experience of social and cultural diversity. Psychological Bulletin, 137(2), 242-266. doi:10.1037/a0021840

Holbrook, C., Sousa, P., & Hahn-Holbrook, J. (2011). Unconscious vigilance: Worldview defense without adaptations for terror, coalition, or uncertainty management. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101(3), 451-466. doi:10.1037/a0024033

Interian, A., Martinez, I., Rios, L., Krejci, J., & Guarnaccia, P. J. (2010). Adaptation of a motivational interviewing intervention to improve antidepressant adherence among Latinos. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(2), 215-225. doi:10.1037/a0016072

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

Kiang, L., Grzywacz, J. G., Marín, A. J., Arcury, T. A., & Quandt, S. A. (2010). Mental health in immigrants from nontraditional receiving sites. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(3), 386-394. doi:10.1037/a0019907

Kotov, R., Schmidt, N. B., Zvolensky, M. J., Vinogradov, A., & Antipova, A. V. (2005). Adaptation of Panic-Related Psychopathology Measures to Russian. Psychological Assessment, 17(2), 242-246. doi:10.1037/1040-3590.17.2.242

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

Lee, C. S., López, S. R., Hernández, L., Colby, S. M., Caetano, R., Borrelli, B., & Rohsenow, D. (2011). A cultural adaptation of motivational interviewing to address heavy drinking among Hispanics. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17(3), 317-324. doi:10.1037/a0024035

Nicolas, G., Arntz, D. L., Hirsch, B., & Schmiedigen, A. (2009). Cultural adaptation of a group treatment for Haitian American adolescents. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 40(4), 378-384. doi:10.1037/a0016307

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

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

Saghafi, N., Asamen, J., Rowe, D., & Tehrani, R. (2012). The Relationship of Religious Self-Identification to Cultural Adaptation Among Iranian Immigrants and First-Generation Iranians. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, doi:10.1037/a0028822

Yi, J. (2009). Cultural influences on the survivorship of families affected by childhood cancer: A case for using family systems theories. Families, Systems, & Health, 27(3), 228-236. doi:10.1037/a0017150

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