Counseling and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Internship Advising & Coaching
Why pay for advising services for internship applications?
APAGS has shared its view on paying for match services – their answer is it’s “probably not” necessary, which I mostly agree with. There are many resources through APAGS and APPIC to support students in navigating the internship application process. I am also trying to contribute to the resource pool with the free information on my website and posts.
However, I am also aware that not all students have access to hands-on support in their doctoral programs, and some of my former students encouraged me to offer my advising services more broadly (currently I work with only the Palo Alto University Ph.D. program, which offers a unique individual internship advising program). You can think of this along the lines of psychotherapy to a certain extent – sometimes having information is sufficient to help you make change or know how to proceed; other times you may need interpersonal interactions and support to help you reflect, access a stronger sense of self, and address challenges that arise in the process.
I am offering psychology internship advising services for a limited number of students for a fee – keep reading for details. (All students are welcome to use the resources on my website for free.)
What I cover in internship advising and coaching:
- Discussion of program-sanctioned (practicum) hours and competencies.
- Identification of professional goals and professional identity (and how to talk about them)
- Review of the four internship essays – I provide feedback during advising meetings and do not copy edit the essays. Essay discussions will explore personal and professional concerns related to each essay. All essays are important, but I focus on making the theoretical orientation and diversity essays the strongest.
- Discussion of internship site selection.
- Review of CV content and format.
- Support in navigating the APPIC Application for Psychology Internship (AAPI), including responses to professional conduct questions.
- Currently enrolled in an APA-accredited counseling or clinical psychology Ph.D., Ed.D. or Psy.D. program.
- Approved by doctoral program’s Director of Clinical Training (DCT) to apply to APPIC doctoral internships.
- Commitment to the advising and coaching process, which includes a minimum of 6 meetings.
- Openness to and engagement with feedback process.
- Proactive communication about challenges (e.g., procrastination, writers’ block, dissertation stress, attendance).
Students who have worked well with me:
- welcome constructive feedback and are generally non-defensive.
- like a straightforward approach (I am direct but kind).
- generally work within my suggested timeline.
- are authentic about who they are and why they are in the field of psychology.
- have a sense of humor.
I have advised students applying to the following types of internship sites (adults and lifespan):
- college and university counseling centers
- VA internships
- forensic settings
- integrated health and hospital settings
- community mental health
I am less of a fit for students applying for primarily child/family programs or neuropsychology-focused programs.
Contact me for a free 15-minute consultation to see if internship advising and coaching is the next step for you: