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AAPI Supplemental Materials Policy

APPIC Mission

To facilitate access, foster development, and support implementation of quality education and training in Health Service Psychology

 

APPIC Policy on AAPI Online Supplemental Materials

Effective July 1, 2012
Revised December 2020

 

The AAPI was originally developed, and continues to be revised and updated, through ongoing consultation and feedback provided by APPIC members, students, and various psychology training organizations.  It is intended as “a universal application” to address the vast majority of needs that internship Training Directors have identified as most helpful in facilitating their decision-making processes.

APPIC understands the desire for additional (optional) information by a number of its member programs, while simultaneously recognizing the hardship that applicants experience given the growth of requests for supplemental materials.  For years, APPIC has strongly discouraged (but not prohibited) sites from requesting any supplemental materials, highlighting the importance of a “universal application.” However, despite these efforts, the requests have multiplied and are currently perceived as a hardship for applicants and their graduate programs.

The following policy is effective as of July 1, 2012, and governs internship applications that are submitted during both Phase I and Phase II of the APPIC Match as well as the Post-Match Vacancy Service.

  1. The AAPI Online is a universal application, designed to capture the “universe” of information required for decision-making by internship programs.
  1. The only supplemental materials that may be requested by internship programs or submitted by internship applicants are:
     
    1. A treatment or case summary (up to two reports if No evaluation report).
    2. A psychological evaluation report (up to two reports if No case summary).
  1. No additional application materials should be requested of applicants at any time during the application and selection process, including testing protocols, additional essay questions, transcripts of therapy sessions, video/audiotapes, and undergraduate transcripts (though these will often be included with graduate transcripts for students who attend the same university). Applicants are not allowed to send any prohibited application materials to sites, even if requested to do so.
     
  2. All clinical material submitted to internship programs must have identifying information redacted according to HIPAA guidelines.

http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/coveredentities/De-identification/guidance.html#standard

  1. Any requests for materials other than the materials outlined above (#2) should be reported immediately to the graduate Director of Clinical Training and to APPIC via the Informal Problem Consultation service. APPIC will then follow-up with sites, without identifying the student or graduate program, to provide education and to request compliance with the policy (see https://www.appic.org/About-APPIC/APPIC-Policies/Policies-and-Procedures-for-Responding-to-Training-Program-Nonadherence).
     
  2. Matched interns may be subject to additional requirements after the Match (e.g., eligibility paperwork, application forms, HR clearances, background checks, drug screenings, etc.).

 

APPIC Board of Directors
December 2020