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Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology

The Biola Counseling Center Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology trains 4 full-time interns each year. Interns are an integral part of the BCC staff providing services to Biola University undergraduate and graduate students as well as serving individuals and couples from University faculty/staff and local community residents. These services include: short and long-term psychotherapy; group therapy; psychological assessment; on-call/crisis services; supervision of practicum students; and campus outreach and consultation.

BCC's doctoral internship program is Accredited by the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation at the following address.

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org


Intern Admissions, Support, and Outcome Data


Biola Counseling Center Internship Program Admissions
Date Program Tables were updated: July 31, 2020
Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:
The Biola Counseling Center offers a wide range of psychotherapeutic and psychological testing services to Biola University undergraduate and graduate students as well as serving adult individuals, couples, families and children from the University’s faculty/staff and community residents in its surrounding cities. BCC’s internship training program focuses on the development of all profession-wide competencies, required for independent practice in health service psychology, while fully integrating a Christian understanding of God and humanity. Intern training at BCC emphasizes the integration of scientific findings, existing empirical literature, evidence-supported treatments, etc. into clinical practice, and places high value on the importance of self-reflection, critical thinking, ethics, and spiritual integration in the practice of professional health service psychology. BCC trains four full-time doctoral interns each year. BCC’s internship positions are partially affiliated with the Rosemead School of Psychology doctoral programs. Qualified Rosemead candidates are given preference in ranking for two of the four positions. Qualified candidates from other doctoral programs are also considered and ranked and are encouraged to apply.
Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:
Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours: 300 (recognizing the impact of COVID-19, applicants whose hours fall short of this number, but who meet all other minimum requirements noted below, are encouraged to apply.)
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours: 50 (recognizing the impact of COVID-19, applicants whose hours fall short of this number, but who meet all other minimum requirements noted below, are encouraged to apply.)
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:
Applicants MUST meet the following minimum requirements:
- Candidate in an APA or CPA accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology that requires internship training
- Certified as ready for internship by their doctoral program
- Successful completion of all comprehensive and/or professional qualifying examinations prior to the ranking deadline for the APPIC Match
- Dissertation or PsyD Paper proposal approved/accepted PRIOR TO APPLICATION FOR INTERNSHIP
- Dissertation or PsyD Paper COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE START DATE OF INTERNSHIP
- Completion of all required coursework and supervised practicum prior to the start date of internship
- Ability and willingness to demonstrate a spiritual attitude and a Christian lifestyle consistent with the beliefs, methods, and goals of Biola University (see Biola's Mission Statement)
- Ability and willingness to affirm agreement with the Biola University Articles of Faith and Biblical Principles (see Articles of Faith and Biblical Principles)
- Ability and willingness to uphold all Biola Community Standards of Conduct (see Employee Handbook Section 3.1 and 3.11)
- Ability and willingness to submit to and pass a prospective employee background check (see Conditions of Employment)

In addition to the minimum requirements outlined above, the Intern Selection Committee takes the following preferred qualifications into consideration:
- Completion of more than 300 direct contact clinical/psychotherapy practicum hours prior to the start date of internship
- Dissertation or PsyD Paper COMPLETED or DEFENSE SCHEDULED PRIOR TO THE APPIC MATCH PHASE I RANKING DEADLINE, applicants should provide verification of completion or scheduled defense date to the BCC Internship Training Director no later than January 29, 2021.  
- Strong interest in and commitment to serving a university community
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team of university health, mental health, and student development professionals
- Strong initiative and ability to independently complete tasks and projects
- Strong commitment to self-reflection and personal growth (e.g. having participated in individual psychotherapy)

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming Training Year*

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns

$30,763     

Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns

n/a

Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?

Yes

If access to medical insurance is provided:

Trainee contribution to cost required?

Yes

Coverage of family member(s) available?

Yes

Coverage of legally married partner available?

No

Coverage of domestic partner available?

No

Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation)

220

Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave

40

In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave?

Yes

Other Benefits (please describe): Interns have access to optional, discounted Vision and Dental insurance through payroll deduction. BCC also provides funding to support intern professional development activities including professional association student membership dues (CPAGS, APAGS), professional liability insurance, and conference registration fees (approved by the Director of Internship Training).

*Note. Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table

Initial Post-Internship Positions

(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)

2017-2020

Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts

12

Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree

0

“PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position

PD

EP

Community mental health center

1

0

Federally qualified health center

0 0

Independent primary care facility/clinic

0 0

University counseling center

3

0

Veterans Affairs medical center

0 0

Military health center

0 0

Academic health center

0 0

Other medical center or hospital

0 0

Psychiatric hospital

1 0

Academic university/department

0 0

Community college or other teaching setting

0 0

Independent research institution

0 0

Correctional facility

0 0

School district/system

0 0

Independent practice setting

3

4

Not currently employed

0

0

Changed to another field

0 0

Other

0

0

Unknown

0 0
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