APA’s council takes
Earmarks $3 million
to increase the
number of accredited
internship slots and
adopts a resolution
BY RHEA K. FARBERMAN
Monitor Executive Editor
Recognizing the growing imbalance between the number of psychology graduate students who need a clinical internship to complete their degree requirements
and the availability of those internships, APA’s Council of
Representatives voted to fund a $3 million internship stimulus
program to increase the number of accredited internship
positions. The funding is expected to help as many as 150
programs move from non-APA accredited to accredited status
and create 520 new accredited internship positions over the
next three years.
The council’s decision at its meeting in Orlando, Fla., in
August commits APA to provide up to $1 million a year for
three years to internship programs seeking APA accreditation.
The money will help offset program expenses in such areas as
application and site visit fees, program consultation fees and
intern stipends and benefits. The typical maximum grant to an
individual program will not exceed $20,000. Funding will be
available starting this fall through an application process.
APA has called on the entire psychology graduate education
community to work together in the face of the imbalance
problem. The association’s goal, in addition to ensuring that
all students are able to complete their graduate training, is to
ensure quality in all facets of that training. APA is particularly
concerned that students who complete unaccredited internships
limit their future career opportunities.
In other action, the council adopted a resolution designed
to increase the public and allied health professionals’ awareness