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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, couples, families and children 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 on Contingency 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

BCC Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data

Biola Counseling Center Internship Program Admissions
Date Program Tables were updated: August 30, 2017
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 order 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
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours: No
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 Psy.D. paper proposal accepted/approved prior to application for internship
- Dissertation or Psy.D. paper completed prior to the start date of internship
- Completion of all required coursework and supervised practicum prior to the start date of internship
- Completion of at least 300 direct contact clinical/psychotherapy practicum hours with adults 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
- Ability and willingness to affirm agreement with the Biola University Doctrinal Statement
- Ability and willingness to uphold all Biola Community Standards of Conduct
- Ability and willingness to submit to and pass a prospective employee background check

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
- 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


Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns


Program provides access to medical insurance for intern?


If access to medical insurance is provided:

Trainee contribution to cost required?


Coverage of family member(s) available?


Coverage of legally married partner available?


Coverage of domestic partner available?


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


Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave


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?


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 (APAIT), conference registration fees (CPA, OCCDHE) and travel expenses (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)


Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts


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


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



Community mental health center

Federally qualified health center

Independent primary care facility/clinic

University counseling center


Veterans Affairs medical center

Military health center

Academic health center

Other medical center or hospital

Psychiatric hospital

Academic university/department

Community college or other teaching setting

Independent research institution

Correctional facility

School district/system

Independent practice setting



Not currently employed: Returned to country of origin to pursue university teaching position


Changed to another field



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