Predoctoral Internship Program Frameworks
The Predoctoral Internship Program is intended to support the professional identity development of its interns and to provide training in skills that would prepare them as a university counseling center psychologist. This encompasses developing ethically informed judgment, professional identity development, multicultural competencies, and competence working in a university counseling center. In addition to details about the training model and goals, prospective applicants should be aware of the following underlying values as well:
Accreditation by the American Psychological Association
The Predoctoral Internship Program has been accredited program by APA since 1989. The staff is committed to adhering to the standards therein, in addition to all legal and ethic codes of the professions represented among the staff. Verification of our status and more information can be found at:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979
TDD/TTY: (202) 336-6123
Fax: (202) 336-5978
You may also view information about our program on the APPIC website: http://www.appic.org
USC Non-Discrimination Policy
Student Counseling Services is proud of its vibrant, diverse community and is committed to serving all of its students and communities. In training and with each other, staff strive for a work environment that promotes openness, contemplation, accepts differences, and recognizes that multicultural competencies exemplifies lifelong learning rather than a static standard to achieve. Student Counseling Services expects self-awareness, attitude of openness to learning, maturity, support, and mutual respect and dignity in all dialogues and interactions with staff and students.
The Non-Discrimination policy, in part, reads, “The University of Southern California is an equal opportunity employer and educator. Proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding men and women of every race, creed and background, the University of Southern California strives to build a community in which each person respects the rights of other people to be proud of who and what they are, to live, work and learn in peace and dignity, and to have an equal opportunity to realize their full potential as individuals and members of society. To this end, the university places great emphasis on those values and virtues that bind us together as human beings and members of the Trojan Family. The university enthusiastically supports this policy in its entirety, and expects that every person associated with the university will give continuing support to its implementation.”
Student Disclosure of Personal Information
The internship is committed to provide opportunities to support the personal and professional development of the interns. Seminars, trainings, and supervision offer numerous opportunities for self-reflection on current and prior learning and life experiences. Students will be invited, but not required, to reflect on the development of their own world view, including personal data or experiences, in order to understand their impact on case conceptualizations, interventions, multicultural awareness, therapeutic relationships, and functioning within their roles at Student Counseling Services. Staff are professional and respectful of the intern’s privacy, and in addressing clinical performance and client welfare.
When appropriate, interns are encouraged, but not required, to explore historical influences and personal data which may affect subsequent clinical practice. The Internship Training Program functions in a manner consistent with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (2002, including 2010 amendments), Standard 7.04: Student Disclosure of Personal Information.
Communication with Home Departments
We follow the Council of Chairs of Training Councils’ recommendations on communications with home graduate programs referred to as the “Voluntary Guidelines for Communication between Graduate Programs and Internship Programs.” These guidelines are to enhance communication between Student Counseling Services and the graduate program, and to facilitate successful completion of the training year. To this end, the Training Director (TD) will be in contact with the faculty of the graduate program throughout the year, and copies of the formal evaluation will be sent to the graduate program at the end of each semester. Interns will be consulted about communications in the spirit of openness and support for professional development.