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2004 APPIC Member Survey: APPIC Predoctoral Internship Members

June 14, 2004

This survey of APPIC Predoctoral Members was conducted via the Internet between May 6 and June 7, 2004. All members who have an email listing on file at Central Office were invited to participate.

Results of the survey are presented below. A total of 269 APPIC Member sites (48%) completed the survey. A total of 564 member sites were contacted, 361 sites (64%) opened the survey and 269 (48%) completed the survey.

Some of the more interesting findings from this survey include:

  1. Eighty-nine percent (N=239) of sites use the term "psychology intern". Only 6% (N=17) use the term "psychology resident". See 12 other responses to Q1.
  2. Thirty-eight percent (N=102) of internship sites stated it would be okay to change the name to "psychology resident" but the majority 48% (N=128) wanted to leave it "psychology intern". Many expressed the opinion it did not matter but wanted consistency. Some said it was appropriate for medical settings to change the name to resident. View 36 other responses to Q2.
  3. Thirty-nine percent (N=101) of internship sites bill for psychology intern services that are only supervised by the licensed psychologist. View 56 comments to Q3.
  4. Fifteen percent (N=40) of internship programs require a masters degree and state it is primarily so they are eligible for billing regarding a state's requirement to bill for services such as medicaid. View 48 comments to Q4.
  5. When asked the "sufficient" number of hours considered for an applicant's practicum hours, the range was 200-2080, with a median of 1000 hours. View 245 responses to Q5.
  6. The overwhelming majority (89%) of training sites had no unfunded interns, while five sites had more than 5 unfunded interns.
  7. Ninety-four percent of sites (N=254) had no unfunded interns expected for 2004-2005 but five sites again had more than 5 unfunded interns coming for 2004-2005.

  8. Twenty-five percent (N=67) of training sites restrict the number of applicants that are accepted from any one single program, while 75% (N=199) do not hold this restriction. View 75 written responses to Q8.

  9. Only 2% (N=6) reported their psychology interns having trouble deferring loans while on internship. View 7 written responses to Q9.

  10. Thirty-four percent (N=91) of training sites require a work sample such as a written report or videotape of a client session. View 91 written responses to Q10.

  11. Seventy-five percent (N=201) of training sites have been required to complete an intern evaluation submitted by the home university. See 54 comments to Q11.

  12. For the 2003-2004 training year, 22% (N=58) of training sites were contacted to sign a contract related to intern training by the students' doctoral program. See 51 comments to Q 12.

  13. Ninety-seven percent (N=258) training sites do NOT have interns sign a statement about personal behavior. See 17 additional written responses for Q13.

  14. Forty-one percent of training sites offered formal training in supervision to staff psychologists.

  15. Sixty-one percent suggested keeping the written newsletter and adding an online version. Twenty eight percent suggested doing away with the written newsletter and only having an online version available.

  16. Fifteen percent (N=40) of training programs stated they have not checked their materials to see if they duplicate materials requested by the AAPI. Read 46 written responses to Q16.

  17. Fifty-seven programs wrote responses related to the 2004 clearinghouse. Many sites liked the changes that limited applicant materials. Many sites reported still being overwhelmed and not prepared for the task.

  18. Three percent of respondents indicated they never went to the APPIC website. Eighty percent reported visiting the APPIC website between 2-10 times in the last 12 months.

  19. A question about supply and demand sought suggestions for reducing the problem. Many respondents stated they thought the graduate schools should limit the number of students. Read the 137 responses.

  20. Fifty-six percent of respondents want to keep the printed directory. This is down from 64% in 2003.

  21. Thirty-three percent of members reported reading at least some of the APPIC Newsletter, while 56% report reading most or all of it. Only 2% report not reading any of it. Click here to see what most members read.

  22. The majority of members report they are satisfied or very satisfied with the decisions of the APPIC Board of Directors on all areas assessed except the relationship with academic program directors which was 41%. Only 2% or less of members were dissatisfied or very disatisfied with decisions made by the APPIC Board of Directors.

  23. The majority of members wanted the following topics addressed at future APPIC membership meetings or workshops: Supervision (78%); Ethics (60%; Problem Interns (60%); and Competencies (55%).

  24. Fifty-one percent of APPIC respondents have served as Training Director for 5 years or less. APPIC has one TD that has served in that role for 33 years.

    For Questions or comments on this survey please contact Dr. Jeff Baker at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

    See the entire survey (questions and percentages) in PDF format.

    3 April 2004

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