Arlington, VA, February 28, 2011 – This year’s “Match Day”
of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)
was a very exciting one for students and faculty at
the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS).
100% of the
doctoral students who applied for internships were “matched” with a
pre-doctoral internship site in Phase I.
APPIC’s annual “Match day” –
held last Friday, February 25 for this year -- provides
applications for internships to connect appropriately trained and interested intern
applicants with internship sites.
The pre-doctoral internship refers to a
one-year, advanced skill training internship/residency to further develop students’ hands-on
experience using psychological interventions, and is a key step toward
graduation and licensure as a psychologist.
According to the APPIC
website, of the 4,199 students from the USA and Canada
who applied, 75.6% matched in Phase I.
IPS students were
placed at Aspenpointe Health Services in Colorado Springs, CO; the
Cornerstone Counseling Center, Chicago Area Christian Training in Carol Stream,
IL; the Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services in
Warsaw, IN, and Catholic Social Services, part of the Nebraska
Two of these training sites are APA-accredited and
two meet APPIC standards.
“Our students competed with applicants from
the very best universities and professional schools in America and
Canada, most of which have long-standing traditions in clinical psychology,”
noted Dr. Philip Scrofani, Ph.D., IPS Director of Clinical Training.
He continued, “This represents another remarkable milestone for the Institute
for the Psychological Sciences and is a tribute to our
supporters, faculty, administration and most of all to our students.
We praise God for his Divine Providence.”
In IPS’ 11-year
history, all 14 doctoral students who have applied for internships
have been selected by APA-accredited or APPIC-recognized programs (APA 8;
IPS President Charles Sikorsky reflected, “We are very
proud of these achievements of our students. It is a
joy to see them rewarded for the hard work and
sacrifice they have put in during their time of study
and training at IPS.”
“It is also a recognition of
the scientific quality of our program, a tribute to the
dedication of our dean and faculty. We are very grateful
to God for this wonderful news,” concluded Fr. Charles.
Lee, one of the students who’d just received word of
her match at the Chicago site, said, “It is such
a gift to be able to progress through my clinical
training by being matched with an internship position. The fact
that all of us who ranked in the first phase
this year were matched is testament to the robustness of
the training we receive at IPS.”
The students will begin
their internships in August.