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Wisconsin Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology

Program Expectations

The primary mission of WICPP is to offer advanced professional training for psychology interns. The program includes the following characteristics:

  • Interns are expected to participate in seminars and other training experiences that are an integral part of WICPP.
  • Interns are responsible to specific licensed psychologists across the various WICPP-affiliated training programs.
  • Each intern will receive at least 5 hours of supervision per week, at least 3 hours of which will be individual supervision.
  • Interns are also encouraged to participate in ongoing research activities within their training sites.
  • Interns are expected to receive satisfactory performance evaluations on the Intern Evaluation Form as completed by their respective consortium- affiliated site supervisors. Satisfactory performance is defined as an evaluation of 3 or higher on all dimensions of a particular competency. An evaluation below 3 on a competency dimension may require immediate remediation, additional supervision, or application of the WICPP due process procedures.
  • Interns will document distribution of their time in log format for review by the Director of Training on a monthly basis.

Requirements of WICPP

The internship rotation begins August 15 and ends August 14 of the following year.

The internship provides experience in a range of assessment, direct intervention, and consultation activities conducted with children, adolescents, adults, families, and/or school personnel. Additional activities may include research, supervision, education, and administrative functions.

The following are minimum required guidelines for distribution of the intern’s time, as operationalized by APA, APPIC, and the Wisconsin’s Department of Regulation and Licensing.

Typical Weekly Schedule


Internship Activity CR/NA Dean Adult Dean Pediatric UW Oshkosh  UW-
Whitewater
Waisman Center
Clinical Services
Individual Counseling 2-3 1-2 1-2 12-15 10-12
1-2
Group Counseling n/a n/a n/a  1.5  1-2 1-2
Intakes 1-2 3-5 1-2  2  3-4 1-2
Assessment 12-14 8-10 10-12  3-4  1 8-10
Consultation 1-2 4-6 4-6  1-2  1 4-6
Subtotal: Clinical Services 16-20 16-20  16-20 16-20 16-20 16-20
Supervision
Individual 3.0  3.0  3.0 3.0 3.0  3.0
Group 2.0
 2.0  2.0 2.0 2.0
 2.0
Subtotal: Supervision 5.0  5.0  5.0 5.0
5.0
 5.0
Seminars
Multicultural Seminar .5  .5  .5  .5  .5   .5
 Supervision of Supervision Seminar
 .5  .5
 .5
 .5
 .5
 .5
Professional Practice Seminar 1.5  1.5  1.5 1.5 1.5  1.5
Subtotal: Seminars 2.5  2.5  2.5 2.5 2.5  2.5
Administrative Activities
Research/Professional Development 2.0  2.0  2.0 2.0 2.0  2.0
Documentation/Paperwork/ Administration 16  16  16 16 16  16
Cohort Meetings .5  .5  .5 .5 .5  .5
Subtotal: Administration
18.5   18.5  18.5 18.5 18.5  18.5
Total Hours/Week 40-45  40-45  40-45 40-45 40-45  40-45


Clinical Services

Per Wisconsin Statute, at least 25% of the intern’s time must be face-to-face direct contact with clients. The type of clinical services provided to clients varies depending on the WICPP-affiliated training site, but ultimately all WICPP-interns must provide at least 25% (500 hours) of direct clinical services.

Individual Counseling

Intern’s client caseload for individual counseling varies across sites. Most clients seeking individual counseling receive brief (2-6 sessions) treatment about a particular issue.

WICPP Site Individual Counseling
CR/NA Interns may provide individual therapy for various clinical issues, as well as intensive family-based treatment interventions for children and/or adolescents experiencing behavioral and emotional problems. Clients at Clearview Brain Injury Center receive supportive therapy.
Dean Adult Interns develop and implement rehabilitation and behavioral counseling interventions with select patients and their families.
Dean Pediatric Interns develop and implement counseling interventions with children and adolescents and their families. Counseling tends to be short-term, solution-focused, and behaviorally-based.
UW Oshkosh Interns provide individual and some couples therapy to college students within a brief counseling model. Therapy includes working with adjustment issues, personality disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, career issues, and multicultural issues. 
 UW-Whitewater Interns work in a brief therapy model, providing individual and couples counseling guided by treatment planning and a five-axis diagnosis. Individual counseling occurs after a thorough biopsychosocial initial consultation process.
Waisman Center Interns use short-term behavioral interventions to help children and adolescents with developmental disabilities and their families. Interns provide these intervention services in both the Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities and Feeding Clinics.


Group Counseling

Interns provide group counseling to clients at UW Oshkosh, UW-Whitewater, and Waisman Center.

At UW Oshkosh, interns can co-facilitate one of several groups, including
  1. Gender-themed groups
  2. General process groups
  3. DBT-themed group
  4. Grief and loss group
  5. Multicultural-themed group (e.g., LGBTQ or Hmong Support Group)


At UW-Whitewater, interns can co-facilitate one of several groups offered each semester:

  1. General process groups
  2. Gender-specific groups
  3. Student-athlete support group
  4. AA meetings
  5. Sexual assault survivors' group
  6. Questioning
  7. Body image groups

At Waisman, interns co-facilitate a group that provides social skills training to adolescents with autism, and/or a group that provides emotional support and behavioral strategies for parents with children who have autistic behaviors.


Intakes

All WICPP interns engage in intake assessment, although the population served varies. Interns gather experience with intake assessments and writing intake reports, which include information about presenting concerns, relevant individual, family, and cultural histories, previous treatments, safety/risk assessment, client goals, working conceptualizations, and recommended treatment plans.

Assessment

Interns gain experience in assessment in several ways.

WICPP Site Assessment
CR/NA Interns typically provide neuropsychological assessment and psychological evaluations, including assessment of general intelligence, higher-level executive skills (e.g., sequencing, reasoning, problem solving), attention and concentration, learning and memory, language, visual-spatial skills (e.g., perception), motor and sensory skills, and mood and personality for an outpatient population. Interns also provide neuropsychological assessment at Clearview Brain Injury Center.
Dean Adult Interns conduct assessments for dementia, closed-head injuries, stroke, attention deficit disorders, multiple sclerosis, specific learning disorders, seizure disorders, and psychological disorders.
Dean Pediatric Interns assess for developmental disorders (e.g., brain formation disorders, chromosomal disorders, syndrome disorders), perinatal and postnatal developmental disorders (e.g., head injuries, seizure disorders, toxic-metabolic disorders), pervasive developmental disorders, and complex symptoms affecting mood, attention, and learning.
UW Oshkosh Interns learn and apply assessments in career, personality, intercultural development, and diagnoses/treatment. Assessments also include structured interviews for ADHD and substance abuse. 
UW-Whitewater Interns conduct brief assessments using the Beck Depression and Anxiety Inventories, as well as the Rorschach, MMPI-II, WAIS, and Millon Personality Inventory.
Waisman Interns assess children and adolescents who may have developmental problems (such as cognitive or other developmental delays), needs for educational programming, challenging behaviors, or disorders of communication, motor, or social-emotional development.


Consultation

In the Group Supervision Seminar, interns serve as consultants to one another about such issues as assessment and therapy considerations, ethical challenges, and client management. Interns also gain experience in providing different types of mental health consultations at their sites. The table below summarizes those experiences.

WICPP Site Consultation
CR/NA Interns engage in numerous consultation activities, including return-to-work consultation with employers; school consultation with teachers and school psychologists; consultations with families, and expert testimony (e.g., discussing the impact of injury on the functional outcome of the individual, competency assessment, adoption and/or child custody assessment). Additional consultative collaborations may occur with vocational specialists, physicians, social workers, corrections personnel, attorneys, and others who are important to the patient’s well-being. Finally, interns rotate through Clearview and work with occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, psychiatrists, nurses, and case managers.
Dean Adult Interns consult with families, employers, and school personnel (e.g., teachers, school psychologists) regarding patient well-being.  Consultative collaborations also frequently occur with neurologists, neurosurgeons, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, and psychiatrists.
Dean Pediatric Interns provide consultation to children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental, psychological, or learning disabilities and their families, and other supports (e.g., school psychologists, teachers, therapists, physicians), offering knowledgeable perspectives and recommendations about intervention, treatment, support, and care. Interns and their site supervisor often travel to Madison-area school systems to advocate for clients and their families in the school system.
UW Oshkosh Interns consult with parents, students, university faculty, staff, and administrators. Consultations may involve assessing the needs of students who are in distress, crisis, or struggling with mental health or behavioral problems. Interns will have the opportunity to work closely with the Students At Risk Response Team and Victim Services. Consultation also involves collaborations with student organizations and residence life staff to develop programs. Interns serve as a liaison with a Residence Hall Director to consult on mental health concerns in that particular hall.
UW-Whitewater Interns provide consultation services about mental health issues to faculty and staff, students, outside providers, and family members of students. Specific consultations involve collaborations with student organizations and residence hall staff as well.
Waisman Interns provide consultation to children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, their families, and other supports (e.g., school psychologists, teachers, social service agency staff, residential and vocational providers, therapists, physicians), offering knowledgeable perspectives and recommendations about intervention, treatment, support, and care.


Supervision

Individual Supervision

Each intern spends a minimum of three hours/week in face-to-face, regularly-scheduled one-on-one individual supervision with at least one licensed psychologist who is at least three years post-licensure. Supervision focuses on the intern’s professional and personal growth, including clinical skills, case conceptualization, multicultural competence, case documentation, and case management. Individual supervisors explore interns’ goals, regularly evaluate progress, and renegotiate training goals with the interns as needed. Interns are evaluated each quarter by their individual supervisor using the Intern Evaluation Form.

Group Supervision

Interns meet 2 hours/week with the Director of Training for the Group Supervision Seminar. Group Supervision is a forum for interns to seek consultation about complex or difficult cases. Given that the interns often come from different training programs (e.g., clinical, counseling, rehabilitation, or school psychology), Group Supervision is an amazing process for interns to learn and grow from one another. Interns also present a sample of their clinical work in Group Supervision during the Fall and Spring semesters. In particular, interns are expected to

  1. Demonstrate how their treatment goals/approach are informed by the current research literature.
  2. Integrate diversity considerations into their presentation. Interns are evaluated each quarter by their group supervisor using the Intern Evaluation Form.

Seminars

Multicultural Seminar

The Multicultural Seminar provides an opportunity for interns to develop and refine their competencies (knowledge, awareness, and skills) around multicultural and diversity issues in counseling. The seminar is experiential and didactic (emphasizing applications of theory and research to practice), with an emphasis on interns developing and understanding their cultural self-awareness and identity in the context of their clients and the counseling process. The pedagogy is typically an experiential exercise to promote cultural identity and self-awareness in the first half of the seminar hour, followed by debriefing in the second half of the hour. The debriefing and processing of the experiential exercise is generally guided by three questions:

  1. What did you learn about yourself as a function of the exercise?
  2. How does this awareness apply to understanding others (i.e., clients) who are culturally different?
  3. What are the treatment, counseling, or assessment implications of this awareness?

The Multicultural Seminar is offered every other week for an hour.

SUPERVISION OF SUPERVISION SEMINAR

The Supervision of Supervision Seminar helps interns in their personal and professional development as a supervisor- and psychologist-in-training. The primary objective of the seminar is to help interns develop knowledge, understanding, and application of supervisory skills, and ultimately develop their professional identity as an ethically and multiculturally competent supervisor. The seminar helps interns integrate supervision theory and research to inform and guide professional supervision practice with supervisees. The fall semester is didactic and conversational about seminar content, and interns participate in role plays to put theory into practice. The spring semester is practice-focused, as interns supervise a trainee and use the seminar to process their experiences and contextualize the research literature. Interns also watch the Goodyear supervision tapes. Similar to the Gloria tapes, Dick Hackney provides counseling to a client (Ina) and then receives supervision from Ellis, Rogers, Kagan, Polster, and Ekstein.

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE SEMINAR

The Professional Practice Seminar exposes interns to a series of content areas related to theoretical, scientific, applied, and professional aspects of clinical practice, and is intended to shape interns’ clinical and professional development. Seminar presentations are conducted by faculty in UW-Madison’s Counseling, Rehabilitation, and School Psychology departments and programs, psychologists and other staff from UW-Madison’s counseling center, and supervisors from the WICPP-affiliated training sites. Modular topics include ethics, multicultural counseling, evidence-based interventions and practices, consultation, program evaluation, licensure and the EPPP, and the job search process. Presenters are instructed to integrate evidence-based practice and multicultural considerations into their presentation such that interns can understand clinical implications from the material presented. The Intern Seminar occurs 1.5 hours/week.

Administrative Activities

Research/Professional Development

Research/professional development and other training opportunities emerge throughout the year at UW-Madison (e.g., EPTC Speakers Series, presentations in different departments), at some of the WICPP-affiliated sites (Waisman Center’s Wiley Seminar Series), as well as in Madison and Wisconsin (e.g., Wisconsin Psychological Association-sponsored training). Interns also use this time to work on dissertations or doctoral projects (if they have not already completed this work prior to the start of internship), or other research experiences with faculty and staff from their department or their consortium-affiliated training sites.. In the Intern Seminar in the summer semester, interns present the efforts of their research, professional development, or dissertation work to their intern cohort. WICPP interns generally spend two hours/week conducting research.

Documentation/Paperwork/Administration

Per Wisconsin Statutes, interns spend at least 40% (approximately 800 hours, distributed across more than one secondary activity) of their total time in other direct service hours for the purposes of providing psychological services. These hours include time for case notes, chart review, readings and research for a case, report writing, tape review, studying test results, case consultation, and other similarly relevant experiences. WICPP interns spend 16-20 hours/week satisfying this requirement.

Cohort Meetings

Every other Monday morning the interns have breakfast together at a local restaurant prior to joining the Director of Training for group supervision. These breakfasts are time for the interns to connect as a cohort without the Director of Training present, and to share their internship experiences with one another.

Additional Learning Experiences

There are a number of other educational opportunities available to interns on campus, as well as in the Madison and surrounding areas. Examples of these learning experiences include the Wisconsin Psychological Association Conference, education opportunities available through the Madison Education Extension Office and EPTC Speaker Series, and presentations offered by different departments on campus.

Comparison of Internship Requirements

Provided here is a Comparison of Internship Requirements for APA, APPIC, the state of Wisconsin, and WICPP.

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