Field Education & Training
Become a PsyD Field Site
Internship training occurs in Years III and IV on a half-time basis, (typically 25 hrs/wk) while the student completes academic requirements at the school. A student may either remain at the same internship agency for both years, upon approval from the MSPP Field Education Advisory Committee, or be at two different agencies. Whichever option is chosen, MSPP faculty work with students and field sites to ensure that this advanced training is singular in nature, with a common understanding of the School’s and student’s overall educational plan and learning objectives.
The recommendation of the American Psychological Association that a student complete a 2,000 hour internship is reflected in the MSPP requirement of two part-time experiences of 1,000 hours each. In both years III and IV interns will spend approximately 25 hours per week, from September through June, at their training sites. Minor individual variations in hours are acceptable, e.g., 20 hours per week for 12 months, subject to the approval of a MSPP Field Education Director of Training.
In addition to the MSPP requirements stated above, sites identified as internships must meet the following criteria:
- Training must occur in an organized training program in contrast to on-the-job training. It must be designed to provide the trainee with a planned, programmed sequence of training experiences consistent with learning goals.
- The training program must have a clearly designated staff psychologist who is responsible for the integrity and quality of the training program.
- The internship agency must have two or more licensed psychologists/health service providers on staff as supervisors.
- Supervision must be provided by a staff member of the training agency who carries legal and clinical responsibility for the cases being supervised. At least half of the required supervisory hours must be provided by one or more psychologists who are licensed as health service providers.
- The internship must provide training in a range of assessment and treatment interventions conducted directly with patients seeking health services.
- A minimum of 25% and a maximum of 60% of trainee’s time must be in direct contact with clients seeking assessment or treatment.
- The internship must include a minimum of two (2) hours (or 1 hour of individual and 90 minutes of group supervision with 3 students maximum) per week (regardless of whether the internship is completed in one year or two years) of regularly scheduled, formal, face-to-face individual supervision with the specific intent of dealing with health services rendered directly by the intern. There must also be at least three (3) additional hours per week in structured learning activities such as: case conferences involving a case in which the intern is actively involved; seminars dealing with clinical issues; additional group supervision or additional individual supervision. In accordance with the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Psychology, effective July 1996, the program must also have provided at least four (4) hours (total) in structured learning activities on issues related to racial/ethnic bases of behavior with a focus on people of color.
- The training must be a post-clerkship, post-practicum, post-externship level.
- The internship agency must have a minimum of two interns at the internship level of training to satisfy the requirement for professional socialization.
- Trainee has title such as “intern”, “resident”, fellow”, or other designation which indicates his/her training status.
- The internship agency must have a written statement or brochure which describes the goals and content of the internship, states clear expectations for quantity and quality of trainee work, and which is made available to prospective interns by the site or through the MSPP Field Education Office.