Didactic Component

SAPIC is an APA Accredited Internship Program

The primary focus of the training process at SAPIC is the development of professional identity from “intern” to “psychologist.” This is accomplished by challenging interns to develop confidence and trust in their own clinical judgment and abilities. While this approach is demanding, particularly in the early stages of the internship year, the emphasis on the intern’s attainment of professional confidence results in substantial benefits.

Internship Training Goals

  • To help interns develop a “psychologist” identity that includes success in integrating knowledge, skills, and attitudes for competence in professional conduct and ethical and legal matters.
  • To further develop the intern’s clinical knowledge and skill to an advanced level commensurate with completing a doctoral degree in psychology (with regards to assessment, interventions, and monitoring outcomes).
  • To train interns in an advanced level of competence regarding individual and cultural diversity (applied to knowledge, skill and attitude).
  • To further develop the intern’s knowledge and skills in psychological testing with varied cultural and clinical populations.

APA Commission on Accreditation contact information:

American Psychological Association
Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(202) 336-5979




Liz Dampsey, PhD

(520) 306-6922


EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center, La Frontera center, La Frontera Mariachi and La Frontera Partners all are members of La Frontera Arizona

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