Internship in Health Service Psychology
2016-2017 Interns Sarah Paul and Andie Pusser with previous practicum student Alyssa Roberson, staff member Ms. Angela Landers, and Assistant Director/Training Director Dr. Katie Bigalke at the GCCA Conference.
2017-2018 Interns Mae Adams Shirley and Rachael Rogers with staff members Ms. Angela Landers, Dr. Terri Duck, and Assistant Director/Training Director Dr. Katie Bigalke at the GCCA Conference .
Dear Intern Applicant,
The Georgia Southern University Statesboro Campus Counseling Center is proud to offer two internship positions each year through our APA-Accredited Internship in Health Service Psychology. As training is a treasured and highly valued aspect of our center, we work to cater our internship to the individual goals of each intern. We do this through various opportunities which include: optional rotations, a wide variety of topics for weekly training seminars, provision of supervision to practicum students, and meeting with different individual and rotation supervisors throughout the internship year. I hope this information helps you in finding an internship site that will fit your goals and needs. Please let me know if you have any questions about our training program!
Katie Bigalke, Ph.D.
Assistant Director/Training Director
About the Internship
Our 2000-hour APA-Accredited internship program includes opportunities for individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, outreach, couples counseling, research, and participation in campus-wide committees. The following optional rotations are available and allow interns to tailor their experiences to meet their future career goals/ interests: Group Therapy, LGBTQ+, Outreach and Consultation, Research, Sexual Assault, Assessment, and Supervision. Interns are also required to supervise Practicum students and provide eight outreach presentations throughout the year. Currently in our eighth year, we are an APPIC-member internship program. The Counseling Center is accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, and is a member of the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies (ACCTA). Our training staff adhere to the ethical principles of the American Psychological Association, and are committed to meeting the needs of all individuals regardless of culture, race, gender, ability, or sexual orientation. No single theoretical orientation characterizes the program, with staff utilizing a variety of theoretical approaches. We strive to model integrative eclecticism and the application of the practitioner-scholar model to a practice setting. The program has training seminars based on interests of the interns and expertise of staff and have included information on clinical and professional issues, multiculturalism, varying theoretical orientations and populations of interest, and more!
The mission of the Internship Program is to offer high quality training in the practice of health service psychology. Psychologists who work in a variety of health care settings, including university counseling centers, are recognized as Health Service Providers “…if they are duly trained and experienced in the delivery of preventative, assessment, diagnostic and therapeutic intervention services relative to the psychological and physical health of consumers based on the following: 1) having completed scientific and professional training resulting in a doctoral degree in psychology; 2) having completed an internship and supervised experience in health care settings; and 3) having been licensed as psychologists at the independent practice level” (APA, 1996; HSPEC, 2013, August 5). The GSU Counseling Center adheres to the principals of the Health Service Psychology Education Collaborative (HSPEC, 2013, August 5). For more information please visit: Health Service Psychology: Preparing Competent Practitioners
Number of Available Internship Positions: 2
Internship Start Date: August 1, 2019
Location: Statesboro Campus
The Counseling Center is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and adheres to APPIC policies for intern selection. The site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. For the 2019-2020 internship year, the application process will be completed via the APPIC MATCH, which is scheduled for February of 2019. Please visit the APPIC Website for more information on the Match process.
The application deadline is November 16, 2018 at 11:59pm.
For further information or questions about the internship program, contact Katie Bigalke, Ph.D., Director, Counseling Center, Georgia Southern University, P.O. Box 8011, Statesboro, GA 30460-8011, 912-478-5541, or email@example.com.
Applicants will be notified by phone if they will be offered an interview on or prior to December 10, 2018. Interviews will be held in early January 2019. Candidates will have the option of either an on-site interview or a Skype interview. The Skype interview is a two-hour interview with up to three members of the training committee. The on-site interview is a combination of group/individual interviews and lasts three hours. On-site interviewees are given the option to have lunch with the current interns, if desired. Up to four applicants will be present for the welcome by the training director, and then each applicant will meet individually with members of the training committee. Should applicants wish to meet with a specific staff member, we will try to accommodate the request. However, not all staff will be present during the week of interviews, as this is during the University’s holiday break.
Internship Program Tables
Date Tables are Updated: June 2018
Initial Placement Data
Mae Adams Shirley, Psy.D. (George Fox University)
Rachael Rogers, M.S. (Mercer University)
Sarah Paul, Ph.D. (Carlow University)
Andie Pusser, M.S. (Mercer University)
Arika Wadley, Ph.D. (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
Maggie James, Ph.D. (University of Central Arkansas)
Jennifer Headrick, Psy.D. (Georgia Southern University)
Aimee Var, Ph.D. (University of South Alabama)
Neil Martin, Psy.D. (Georgia Southern University)
Amanda Rickard, Psy.D., Psy.S., NCSP (Georgia Southern University)
Brian Carlson, Psy.D. (Georgia Southern University)
Amanda D’Angelo, Ph.D. (UNC Charlotte)
Jocelyn Sweeney, Ph.D. (UNC Charlotte)
J.P. Garrison, Psy.D. (Argosy University-Atlanta)
J.J. Jimenez, Psy.D. (Florida Institute of Technology)
Stefanie Rodriguez, Ph.D. (Florida State University)
Jennifer Speisman, Psy.D. (Nova Southeastern University)
Multiculturalism and diversity, in all forms, are highly valued by the Georgia Southern University Counseling Center staff and comprise a core part of our training and mission. Our internship program emphasizes acquisition of knowledge and skills related to multiculturalism, and we believe these facets of clinical practice are essential in order to provide ethical and competent services to the diverse University community. Interns are frequently asked to reflect on their own diversity, to expand their self-awareness regarding cultural diversity and multiculturalism, and to incorporate this into their clinical work and professional identity. Training seminars and supervision meetings will incorporate various aspects of diversity in hopes of improving cultural competency and promote the understanding that becoming a multiculturally sensitive psychologist is a lifelong process. Staff will model the lifelong process of increasing cultural competence through their participation in discussions and trainings on diversity issues. In addition, individual clinical supervision will provide a safe, non-judgmental environment for interns to reflect on their awareness, knowledge, and skills related to diversity as well as to process their reactions to multicultural trainings and discussions that occur within the Center. In the spirit of continual programmatic improvement related to diversity training, interns will be asked to evaluate both their supervisors and the training program in general in terms of how well these diversity training goals are met.
The Counseling Center staff and trainees adhere to the Counsel of Counseling Psychology Training Programs’ (CCPTP) Counseling Psychology Model Training Values Statement Addressing Diversity.
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All University employees are expected to comply with the Institution’s equal opportunity policy and practices and to demonstrate commitment to the University’s equal opportunity objectives. All members of the staff, faculty, and student body are expected to embrace this policy and ensure that the Institution’s commitment to nondiscrimination is followed and upheld.
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Last updated: 7/20/2018