Schedules, Seminars, and Research

Appalachian Regional Healthcare Psychology Internship


TYPICAL INTERN SCHEDULE

Although each intern's daily/weekly schedule may vary, the following chart represents a hypothetical approximation of how time might be allocated. All interns will spend the largest portion of their time on an inpatient unit and will spend about one day per week at an outpatient medical setting. Work hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with occasional evening support groups for the outpatient sites.

Client Contact...................

30%

Charting/Paperwork..........

30%

Training/Supervision..........

20%

Meetings...........................

15%

Research...........................

5%

SEMINARS AND ADDITIONAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Didactic Seminars and Presentations - Training seminars are an integral part of the internship experience and provide interns with opportunities to interact with peers and professional staff. Topics are determined by intern interest, areas of staff expertise, consultant specialization, and identified areas of concern. As interns progress, they will participate in and facilitate training seminars by offering a case presentation, research presentation, and group topic/clinical presentation.

When appropriate, interns are provided continuing education leave time for attending Kentucky Psychological Association sponsored presentations, presentations by local community colleges, hospital or other mental health centers, and meetings of professional associations.

RESEARCH

While research is not a required component of the internship program, interns are encouraged to explore their own research ideas and interests as time permits. Interns are afforded access to a number of valuable resources to assist in literature searches, such as the hospital library (subscribing to various research databases), interlibrary loan services, and hospital no-cost internet access. The Hazard Community College also offers use of its library media to community patrons. Prior to graduation, interns complete a research presentation demonstrating their ability to formalize research questions, gather/analyze data, and apply/present their findings. Both original data obtained during the internship year or data utilized in each intern’s doctoral program (e.g., dissertation) may be used to satisfy this requirement.