Accreditation Typical Weekly Schedule
How to Apply Stipend and Benefits
Program Goals Timeline
Training Experience Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data
Specialty Rotations Former Interns

Accreditation


As of July 19th, 2020, Mississippi State University Student Counseling Services (SCS) internship is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).  SCS' current status with APA is "Accredited, on contingency."  More information about the program's status can be found here. Questions related to the program's accreditation status should be directed to the Commission of 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

How To Apply


SCS is not recruiting interns for the 2022-2023 internship year or currently participating in the Match. We hope to be able to participate in the 2023-2024 internship year.  

In active years, applications to the internship must consist of:

  • Completed APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI) form. More information can be found here
  • A "cover letter" or "letter of interest," should describe your qualifications and professional experience that you believe make you a good match with SCS. It also should highlight your specific goals for the internship.
  • A curriculum vita.
  • Official transcripts for all graduate work.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two from supervisors familiar with recent clinical work.

All applicants who follow these guidelines will be considered. 

As an APPIC member, our information is also available in the APPIC directory of internship sites. The SCS program code is 2482.

Program Goals


Our program aims to complete the training of broadly-trained health service psychologists. The internship seeks to build on interns’ previous training experiences to further develop their knowledge and skills in order to successfully find a career in the field of psychology. This internship aims for interns to achieve the level of functioning expected of an entry-level psychologist. Specifically:

  • The provision of high-quality psychology services to clients in a similar, outpatient setting, including:
    • Practice multi-modal psychotherapy (Individual and group)
    • Perform clinical interviews and assessments
    • Be able to conduct programs, presentations, and consultations
    • Provide appropriate crisis services and response
    • Deliver clinical supervision
    • Integrate research into practice
    • Be aware of, and responsive to, culture and diversity including using culturally-appropriate assessments and treatments
       
  • Development of healthy professional identity, including:
    • Practice in accordance with APA ethics and the legal guidelines in their jurisdiction
    • Consult and collaborate with and integrate into multidisciplinary teams to provide quality care to clients as well as institution level interventions
    • Identification of long-term goals plans related to a career in psychology
    • Self-awareness of cultural considerations, diversity, and address biases which may affect their work in psychology

Our Policy and Procedure Manual (including grievance procedure) can be found here

Additionally, our Policy and Procedure Manual - Telehealth Addendum can be found here

Training Experience


The specific training areas covered in the SCS program are aligned with APA Standards of Accreditation and will provide a broad range of generalist training that highlights the incorporation of science and practice within a collegial and collaborative environment. Training components will cover areas such as those listed below:

Required Training Experiences
  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Emergency and walk-in coverage
  • Supervision of practicum students
  • Outreach programming
  • Intake
  • Assessment
  • Multi-week seminars on important areas such as: Group Therapy, Assessment, Outreach, Ethical and Legal Issues, Diversity, Crisis Assessment and Intervention, and Risk Management, Case Presentation, Career and Job Search
  • Major Specialty Rotations (see below for greater detail)
  • Optional Minor Rotations (see below for greater detail)

Specialty Rotations


SCS provides experience in specialty rotations which are intended to provide an opportunity for interns to get exposure to treatment modality/populations with which interns may not have previous experience or in order to gain further experience in an already established specialty area.  

Typical Weekly Schedule


SCS is open from Monday-Friday from 8am- 5pm. Typically, interns are expected to work 40 hours per week whenever the University is open. University holidays can be found here.

Direct Services

  • Individual therapy- 12-14 hours per week
  • Group therapy- 1-1.5 hours per week
  • Walk-in/Emergency Coverage- 4.5 hours per week
  • Provision of Supervision- 1 hour per week
  • Assessment- as needed
  • Outreach- as requested, typically 2-4 hours in the Fall and Spring semester
  • After-Hours on-call rotation - Approx. 3 weeks per year

Training Activities

  • Individual supervision - 2 hours per week
  • Group Supervision - 1 hour per week
  • Supervision of group therapy - .5 hour per week
  • Rotation supervision (if selected) - 1 hour per week
  • Supervision of Supervision - 1 hour per week
  • Staff Meeting - 1.5 hours per week
  • Clinical Case Conference - 1.5 hours per week
  • Seminar/Didactics - 2 hours per week

Other Activities

  • Documentation- 5 hours per week
  • Case Management- 4.5 hours per week
  • Research/Dissertation/Job Search- 1 hour per week
  • Lunch- 5 hours per week

Stipend and Benefits


Each intern receives a yearly salary of $36,457, paid bi-weekly. Additionally, interns receive full benefits including: health insurance, life insurance, personal and sick leave accrual, and retirement. Additional details regarding benefits can be found at the Mississippi State Human Resources Website. Interns are eligible to participate in the Mississippi State University faculty housing program.

Timeline


Below is the timeline we used to seek APA-accreditation. 

  • May 2, 2018 - "Intent to Apply" application submitted to APA
  • July 22, 2018 - "Intent to Apply" application materials reviewed by APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA)
  • August 2018 - Feedback for Intent to Apply application received from APA and integrated into training program
  • Fall 2018 - Inaugural Year in the APPIC Match Participation
  • Spring 2019 - First Internship cohort hired
  • Summer 2019- Submission of APPIC membership application and APA-Accreditation application
  • September 2019- Approval for site visit given by APA.
  • November 2019- APPIC Membership approved 
  • February 11th and 12th, 2020 - APA Site Visit
  • July 19th, 2020-  "Accreditation, on Contingency" status achieved! 
     

Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data


Internship Program Admissions
Date Program Tables are Updated: 07/28/2021
Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:

SCS’ internship is a generalist training that includes conceptual and experiential training focusing primarily on outpatient care. SCS is a dynamic, interdisciplinary setting at a rural university with a student body from diverse and often underserved populations.  Interns should value diversity and social justice.  SCS looks for interns who are flexible, open to feedback, value training, and who are willing to engage in multiple types of service delivery, including: individual therapy, group therapy, psychoeducational workshops, crisis and after-hour experience, outreach, and supervision.

Additionally, SCS offers a variety of specialized rotations (8 hours a week) where interns can be expected to work in one of our partner offices in Athletics, Disability Support Services, or College of Veterinary Medicine. Minor rotations are also available, including specialized experience and supervision with LGBTQ+ issues, sexual assault and trauma work, international students, grief, and perinatal concerns. Interns will be asked to actively engage in self-reflection and dialogue about those reflections to improve clinical service delivery and promote professional development.

Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:
Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours No n/a
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours No n/a
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:

Applicants must have passed comprehensive exams by time of application and must be planning to complete all coursework prior to the start of internship. Although not a requirement, applicants with experience within outpatient setting, particularly university counseling centers, and applicants that have proposed their dissertation will receive greater consideration. 

Internship Program Admissions
Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-Time Interns $36,457
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-Time Interns n/a
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern Yes  
Trainee contribution to cost required? Yes  
Coverage of family member(s) available? Yes  
Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes  
Coverage of domestic partner available?   No
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and / or Vacation): 12 hours accrued per month
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave 8 hours accrued per month
In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave? Yes  
Other Benefits (please describe):

In addition to the above described leave, applicants will receive all benefits of a full-time employee.  This includes time-off for all university holidays (listed here), access to dental and vision insurance, disability insurance, and state retirement plan. Further details of these benefits and others can be found here.  

Interns also receive 1 hour of professional development time per week and 5 days of additional professional leave a year, to be used for research/dissertation, job search, etc.

Initial Post-Internship Positions
  2019 - 2021
Total # of Interns who were in the 2 cohort 6
Total # of Interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program / are completing doctoral degree 0
  PD EP
Community mental health center 0 0
Federally qualified health center 0 0
Independent primary care facility / clinic 0 0
University counseling center 1 2
Veterans Affairs medical center 0 0
Military health center 0 0
Academic health center 0 0
Other medical center or hospital 0 0
Psychiatric hospital 0 0
Academic university / department 0 1
Community college or other teaching setting 0 0
Independent research institution 0 0
Correctional facility 0 0
School district / system 0 0
Independent practice setting 0 1
Not currently employed 0 0
Changed to another field 0 0
Other 1 0
Unknown 0 0
Note: "PD" = Post-doctoral residency position; "EP" = Employed Position

Current and Former Interns


Current Interns
2021 - 2022    
  Breigh Jones-Coplin Clinical Psychology, University of Denver
  Kirbi Kidd Counseling Psychology, Springfield College
  Kristin Tew Clinical Psychology, Chicago School of Professional Psychology-New Orleans
Former Interns
2020 - 2021    
  Colin Iwanski Clinical Psychology University of Illinois at Chicago
  José Padilla Segarra Clinical Psychology, Ponce Health Science University
  Shayla Tumbling Counseling Psychology, Tennessee State University
2019 - 2020    
  Suzanne Amadi Clinical Psychology, Mississippi State University
  Ashley Coleman Clinical Psychology, Mississippi State University
  James Morell Clinical Psychology, Ponce Health Science University

 

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