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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 Initial Placement Data


Date Program Tables were updated: July 23, 2023
Biola Counseling Center Internship Program Disclosures

Does the program or institution require students, trainees, and/or staff (faculty) to comply with specific policies or practices related to the institution’s affiliation or purpose?     YES

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 (see Biola's Mission Statement). Candidates who match with the Biola Counseling Center internship program must affirm that their personal theological beliefs and church practices are in agreement with Biola University's Articles of Faith, as well as agree to abide by the University's Standards of Conduct while employed by Biola. Beyond this, matched interns are asked to assert that they desire to work in an educational community where the Biblical Principles and Eschatology Teaching Position are embraced and taught.
Biola Counseling Center Internship Program Admissions
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?     YES
Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours Required: 300
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours Required: 50
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 that their personal theological beliefs and church practices are in agreement with Biola University's Articles of Faith
- Ability and willingness to uphold all Biola Community Standards of Conduct (see Employee Handbook Section 3.1 and 3.11)
- Ability and willingness to assert that they desire to work in an educational community where the Biblical Principles and Eschatology Teaching Position are embraced and taught
- Ability and willingness to submit to and pass a prospective employee background check (see Conditions of Employment)

The Intern Selection Committee takes the following preferred qualifications into consideration as well:
- 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 30th.  
- 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*

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

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns

$36,669     

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)

232

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).

Initial Post-Internship Positions

(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)

2020-2023

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

2

0

Federally qualified health center

0 0

Independent primary care facility/clinic

0 0

University counseling center

2

0

Veterans Affairs medical center

0 0

Military health center

0 0

Academic health center

0 0

Other medical center or hospital

0

2

Psychiatric hospital

0

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

2

Not currently employed

0

1

Changed to another field

0 0

Other

0

0

Unknown

0 0
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