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Arizona Psychology Training Consortium

 

A subsidiary of the

Arizona Psychological Association

www.azpa.org

 

Consortium Overview

The Arizona Psychology Training Consortium (AZPTC) is a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) non-profit subsidiary corporation of the Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA). The AZPTC was created by the Arizona Psychological Association to develop predoctoral internship and postdoctoral residency training opportunities in the state. Being a consortium, our faculty is drawn from the psychological community in the state of Arizona. Thus, the Consortium utilizes the resources of academic departments, community agencies, and independent practitioners in providing organized and sequential training for interns and residents. Our training sites reflect the breadth of client populations and intervention modalities available in the state of Arizona. We take pride in providing intensive training in culturally responsive clinical practice. The Consortium will not be offering internship positions after the 2016-2017 training year.

 

Training Model

The Arizona Psychology Training Consortium provides opportunities for full-time and part-time internships and postdoctoral residencies.  Predoctoral and postdoctoral supervisees spend either one or two years, depending on their full-time or part-time status, at their primary training site. Through our training model, we aim to provide predoctoral interns with exposure to different sites, settings, and professional roles within applied psychology. The postdoctoral residency is developed to provide greater specialization and increased professional responsibilities preparing the trainee for independent practice.

 

The practitioner training model emphasizes culturally responsive clinical practice, assessment and psychotherapy, and independent practice. In addition, trainees receive Consortium training in ethics, research, and consultation. For two full days each month all interns are required to meet together for didactic and experiential training. Trainers and supervisors provide exposure to a broad range of theoretical orientations and intervention strategies.

 

Stipends

The individual training sites determine stipends and benefits, and many are listed along with other information about the sites later in this document. The minimum stipends are $20,000 for full-time interns and $30,000 for full-time postdoctoral residents. The Consortium does not accept training sites that offer unfunded training positions. The cost of living in Arizona is roughly equal with most other parts of the country.

 

Travel

Extensive driving is required to attend the training events held at training sites across the state. Interns and residents will be driving to Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, and other locations. Overnight lodging at the trainee’s expense is occasionally required.

 

Licensure Requirements in Arizona

In September 2009, the State of Arizona implemented legislation that allows for multiple ways for applicants to fulfill the requirements for licensure. One of the major changes is that Arizona adopted the APA guideline that a postdoctoral residency is not a requirement for licensure in this state. All applicants for licensure must complete an internship of at least 1,500 supervised hours. The remaining 1,500 supervised hours may be obtained through either pre-internship supervised experience, obtained through practica or externships, or postdoctoral residency supervision. The complete requirements for licensure in Arizona are described in the Statutes and Rules section of the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners website. The website of the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners is www.psychboard.az.gov. The safest course of action for interstate mobility is to complete a postdoctoral residency.

 

APPIC Membership

The AZPTC is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). The predoctoral internship program and the postdoctoral residency program are both APPIC-member training programs. Therefore, the Consortium participates in the National Matching Service for internship selection.  A primary goal of AZPTC is to assist trainees in becoming licensed psychologists; therefore, it is important to ascertain whether an APPIC-member internship or residency program meets the requirements for licensure in your state.

 

The Consortium strictly adheres to all APPIC selection procedures, including the following:

 

1.    This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility shall solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. Thus, internship applicants may not make any selection arrangements with internship sites. It must be a level playing field for all applicants.

 

2.    All of the internship and postdoctoral residency training sites are committed to policies of non-discrimination in selection and hiring on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, physical disability, or other forms of diversity. The Consortium training program avoids any actions that would restrict program access on grounds that are irrelevant to success in graduate training. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

 

Further Information

For postdoctoral residency information, please contact Dr. John Stapert at jstapert@ix.netcom.com.

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The Psychology Intern Training Agreement and the Psychology Postdoctoral Resident Training Agreement on the website describe the expectations, roles, and learning opportunities within the Consortium training program in greater depth. The Affiliation Agreement outlines the relationship between the training sites and the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium.

 

There is an article on the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. The citation is Hogg, A. & Olvey, C. (2007), State psychological association creates a postdoctoral residency and internship training program. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 38, 705-713.

 

 

Revised 3/16/17

 

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