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Psychology Internship

Our interns are prepared for entry-level positions in the field of professional psychology or for post-doctoral supervised professional experience required for licensure.

The Baylor Scott & White Health Psychology Internship Program in Health Service Psychology is a one-year, APA-accredited program affiliated with Texas A&M College of Medicine. Our program is designed to provide interns generalized clinical training in a multispecialty health care environment in preparation for careers in health service psychology.

Our program's goal is to provide interns with clinical experience, supervision, didactic learning and exposure to research so they may develop the profession-wide competencies considered crucial for entry to practice in health service psychology.

We accept two interns per year in adult training tracks.

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Curriculum

Clinical training over the course of the internship year proceeds in two parallel arenas: work in the outpatient mental health center and focal experiences in four three-month rotations.

Approximately two days per week are spent delivering psychological assessment, psychometric testing, consultation, and psychotherapy to clinic outpatients. Given our patient volume and the range of medical subspecialists practicing at Baylor Scott & White Health, interns have the opportunity to evaluate and treat problems that are less common in more restrictive settings.

Interns spend approximately 24 hours per week in clinical contact between their work at the outpatient mental health center and their rotation assignment.

Two rotations are required: inpatient psychiatry and clinical health psychology. During orientation, interns will have the opportunity to learn more details about their options for selecting two additional rotations:

  • Neuropsychology
  • Supportive and palliative care
  • Primary care psychology
  • Research

This system allows interns some latitude to customize their training sequence to best fit their professional goals and anticipated career trajectory.

For in-depth rotation descriptions and schedules, download our full program brochure.

Interns receive four hours per week of clinical supervision. Two hours come from individual, face-to-face supervision, and two additional hours come in the form of proctored case presentations and group supervision provided weekly during didactic time.

Additional supervision is integrated into daily participation in rotation activities, such as debriefing after group therapy on the psychiatric inpatient unit or discussing a case consultation from the medical-surgical hospital.

Interns are closely supervised in every aspect of the skills pertinent to professional psychology, including assessment, intervention, consultation and ethics. Supervision includes discussion of theoretical, conceptual, clinical, ethical, empirical and practical dimensions of work with patients.

Interns are expected to regularly present videotaped examples of their evaluation and therapy sessions during supervision. This practice enables supervisors to make an accurate appraisal of the intern’s skill level and provide the most helpful, in depth suggestions for improvement. Supervisors allow interns more independence and self-direction as their skills develop.

Case presentations are made by a designated faculty member or intern and allow the non-presenting interns to function as a simulated supervisor or consultant to help build important competencies in these domains.

Group supervision allows for a wide-ranging discussion of pertinent professional topics and permits flexibility for interns or the training staff to introduce a variety of issues, including clinical matters, ethics, professional practices and multi-cultural awareness. Typically, group supervision is jump-started with a challenging case or by identification of an ethical or practice dilemma encountered in the course of everyday clinical work. The spontaneity and richness of these exchanges prove to be stimulating both for faculty and interns. Group supervision is intended to foster an attitude of curiosity and inculcate a habit of seeking peer consultation that will serve interns well in their subsequent professional endeavors.

Didactic training occurs weekly on Monday afternoons when interns and their faculty mentors meet for four hours of training. Training includes a clinical case presentation with discussion, group and a didactic seminar topic.

Our program holds routine didactic seminars to convey information pertinent to professional practice over a broad spectrum of topics, including:

  • Psychological assessment
  • Evidence-based treatment protocols
  • Professional ethics
  • Recovery and wellness
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Under-served populations
  • Group psychotherapy
  • End-of-life/grief/bereavement
  • Managed care
  • Health psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Primary care psychology
  • Pain management
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Spirituality
  • Supervision
  • Confidentiality
  • Management of a private practice

Toward the end of the training year, interns present a topic of their choice as an exercise in teaching psychology. In addition, the schedule can accommodate topics according to the specific training needs/requests of the current intern class.

The psychology staff – including training faculty, postdoctoral fellows and interns – meets once a month for a vertically integrated psychology case conference. Faculty and trainees take turns presenting a case with some unique or challenging aspects for the entire group to process and discuss. Special efforts are made to include a faculty member from a training site beyond the outpatient mental health center on the Temple campus to provide a more diversified discussion. This forum offers interns the opportunity to hear senior staff members actively formulate case understanding, utilize theory and offer suggestions as to the most effective treatment strategies. Because theoretical conceptualizations can differ and alternate treatment courses can be charted, interns are exposed to multiple approaches to a single problem.

Interns are required to attend Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Grand Rounds, typically scheduled biweekly from September through May. Interns also attend multidisciplinary training conferences associated with their clinical rotations such as journal club, consultation-liaison case conferences, quality improvement initiatives and ethics conferences. Other selected training opportunities may occur as well, such as continuing medical education conferences.

Clinical activities by faculty of the Baylor Scott & White Health Psychology Internship Program in Health Service Psychology occur against a backdrop of active participation in ongoing research and scholarly investigation aimed at contributing to the scientific basis of psychology.

In addition to the option for a research rotation, some provision is made for interns to spend time on dissertation-related research during the training year. Interns who have already completed their dissertation and who demonstrate an aptitude for empirical research may choose to become involved with faculty projects or conduct pilot studies under the aegis of the training staff.

Interns have access to Baylor Scott & White Health’s computers for clinical as well as research purposes. In addition, our campus features the Richard D. Haines Medical Library, an extraordinary collection of print and electronic materials which, through its affiliation with the Texas A&M University, affords access to almost any medical and/or social sciences-related material.

  • Train at one of U.S. News & World Report's top 10 hospitals in Texas

    Scott & White Medical Center - Temple, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is a 640-bed teaching and research hospital with a Level I trauma center and nationally ranked specialty services.

How to Apply

Our program is a member of the Association for Psychology Postdoctoral and Psychology Internship Centers (APPIC). We participate in the annual match coordinated through APPIC (appic.org).

Interested applicants must register for the APPIC Match and obtain a unique 5-digit Applicant Code Number to participate. Applicants must complete an online APPI (APPIC Application for Psychology Internships) together with two samples of psychological evaluations with all private health information (PHI) removed, letters of recommendations, dean’s letters, transcripts, and other credentials directly from your school.

Deadline for applications is November 6, 2018.

Visit APPIC to apply


Application Prerequisites

The program accepts applications from doctoral psychology candidates (PhD, PsyD) who are enrolled in APA/CPA-accredited clinical or counseling graduate programs. It is the policy of the program to provide equal educational opportunity to all persons regardless of race, ethnic background, gender, religion, or creed. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Prior to starting the internship year, candidates must have:

  • Completed all graduate course work
  • Completed all comprehensive examinations
  • Proposed their dissertation/clinical research project
  • Verified in good standing in their graduate program as evidenced by their DCT letter of recommendation
  • Maintained a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0
  • Completed a minimum of 500 total combined intervention and assessment practicum hours
  • Received their master's degree by the start of the internship year

Interviews

In person and phone interviews are conducted by invitation only. Two in-person interview dates will be held: Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, and Friday, Jan. 25, 2019.

Applicants not selected for interview will be notified in writing.


Learn more about Baylor Scott & White's housestaff appointment eligibility, including guidelines for international medical graduates.

Contact Us

Tina Miller
Phone: 254.724.3874
Fax: 254.724.9928
Tina.Miller@BSWHealth.org

Psychology Internship
Baylor Scott & White Health
2401 S. 31st. St.
Mailstop: MS-22-103E
Temple, TX 76508

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Compensation and Benefits

The stipend for full-time interns is set at $25,099 paid in 24 installments over a 12-month period. In addition to a competitive stipend, we offer our interns a full menu of employee benefits. We help offset the cost of many of these benefits; others are options you can choose to pay for yourself.

Life in Temple

Temple uniquely offers a combination of access to big-city conveniences while maintaining a small-town atmosphere. Temple has also been ranked among the Top 20 Fastest Growing Cities in Texas and one of America's most affordable places of 2015.

Why Baylor Scott & White

As the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States, Baylor Scott & White Health includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians and more than 40,000 employees.

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