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Application and Selection Process

APPIC Guidelines

Launched August 1, 2014, the Biola Counseling Center Doctoral Internship was approved for APPIC Membership on October 7, 2014 (member #2263) and received initial APA Accreditation on Contingency November 6, 2015. Our intern selection process follows all guidelines of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and we abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. Information about the National Match process and details regarding registration procedures can be found at www.natmatch.com/psychint.

Our Program Code Number for the APPIC Match is 226311.


Eligibility

Applicants for our APA Accredited Doctoral Internship 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
  • Dissertation or Psy.D. paper proposal accepted/approved prior to application for internship
  • Successful completion of all comprehensive and/or professional qualifying examinations prior to the ranking deadline for the APPIC Match
  • 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)
External Training Contracts

Some doctoral programs require their students to have additional training contracts and evaluations completed by their internship programs. The Biola Counseling Center internship does not enter into training contracts with academic training programs, and BCC supervisors do not complete evaluations developed by academic training programs. Our training program's evaluation procedures are extensive and comprehensive, and copies of completed evaluations are provided to doctoral programs. If you are enrolled in an academic training program that requires such training contracts and evaluations, you are strongly encouraged to consult with your Director of Clinical Training as to whether or not you are eligible to apply to our program.

Application Instructions

The BCC Doctoral Internship utilizes the uniform psychology internship application (AAPI Online) developed by APPIC and only accepts applications that are submitted electronically via the APPIC "AAPI Online" service. Please access the AAPI Online through the APPIC website (www.appic.org).

A complete application for our internship program includes the following materials:

  • Cover Letter (please explain why you believe you would be a good fit with the BCC internship program, as well as the Rosemead School of Psychology and Biola University missions; be specific about your goals for the internship year and how you believe our training program would help you meet your goals)
  • Curriculum Vita (up-to-date and complete, including descriptions of experience and content, location and hours of all clinical training)
  • Transcripts of all graduate coursework
  • Three Letters of Recommendation from professionals: two of whom are previous clinical supervisors familiar with your clinical skills, and one who can speak directly to your fit with the Rosemead/Biola community and missions
  • A Treatment or Case Summary*
  • A Psychological Evaluation Report*

*Per the APPIC AAPI Online supplemental materials policy, only these supplemental materials should be submitted by internship applicants, and all clinical work samples must be stripped of client/patient identifying information. (For Phase II applicants only, these supplemental materials should not be uploaded to the AAPI Online. Applicants should have these materials ready, and be prepared to submit them via email when requested.)

Deadline and Interview Notification Date

Our application deadline for Phase I of the 2018 Match is November 13, 2017. Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by email no later than November 27, 2017. We believe that a face-to-face interview is essential for arriving at a mutual decision about selection; however, if it is not possible to interview in person, a VSee interview can be arranged. Our interview period for Phase I of the 2017 Match will be December 4-20, 2017 and January 3-12, 2018.

Selection Process

The following is a summary of our selection process:

  • Applications should be received by our deadline of November 13, 2017.
  • The Internship Training Director reviews all applications to identify those that meet minimum requirements.
  • Members of the Intern Selection Committee review every complete application identified as meeting minimum requirements.
  • Upon review of all eligible applications, the Intern Selection Committee discusses applicants and determines which to invite for an interview.
  • Applicants will receive an email indicating whether or not they have been selected to be interviewed by November 27, 2017. In accordance with APPIC policies, we notify all applicants of their interview status if they submit a complete application.
  • Applicants selected to be interviewed will be contacted to schedule an interview.
  • Interviews will be conducted between December 4-20, 2017 and January 3-12, 2018.
  • Applicants meet with the Internship Training Director and with members of the Intern Selection Committee.
  • Interviews consist of structured questions, responding to a case vignette, and an opportunity for applicants to ask questions.
  • Opportunities to dialogue with current BCC interns and a tour of BCC facilities are also provided.
  • Please feel free to contact the Internship Training Director if you have any questions at any time throughout the process.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Biola University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, age, or physical or mental disability. However, as a private religious institution, the university reserves the right to exercise preference on the basis of religion in all of its employment practices and student admissions.

Conditions of Employment

Candidates who match with the Biola Counseling Center internship program must complete a university employment application in which they commit to uphold all Biola community standards of conduct and affirm that their personal theological beliefs are in agreement with the Biola University Doctrinal Statement. From its inception, Biola’s theological position has been and remains Christian, Protestant, and theologically conservative. As full-time employees of the University, BCC interns must demonstrate a spiritual attitude and a Christian lifestyle consistent with the beliefs, methods, and goals of the university. Candidates may also be required to submit to and successfully pass a background check. Match result and employment decisions are contingent on adherence to all of these conditions.

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