Program Requirements

SAPIC is an APA Accredited Internship Program

Primary Rotation: up to 25 (3 days/week)
Secondary Rotation/Writing: 8-10 (1 day/week)
Training and group supervision: 5-7 (1 day/week)

This yields approximately 40-42 scheduled hours per week. Any extra time (this is a 45 hour/week internship) should be used flexibly to cover time spent writing comprehensive assessment reports, preparing presentations, trainings, conducting local clinical research, etc.

*the Primary and Secondary rotation each include no less than 1 hour of 1:1 supervision time for that component.

Training goals:  Intern individual training goals and objectives will be turned in within the first month. Progress toward individual training goals will be assessed quarterly. Once individual training goals are approved (we will do this in your first 2-3 weeks of internship), please email your Training Director a copy of 2-3 goals. Also, interns will bring copies of training plans to these evaluation meetings.

Empirically Supported Treatment Evaluation Project (ESTEP): Increasingly, providers are expected to implement interventions of known efficacy and to document their effectiveness. Each Primary rotation will include implementation and evaluation of an empirically supported treatment (EST), which should be selected based upon clinical need at the site (in discussion with clinical teams/supervisors) and intern knowledge/interest. For example, EST’s for persons with serious mental illness or co-occurring disorders include Family Psychoeducation, Supported Employment, and Social Skills Training.  Interns will present anticipated projects during group supervision in September, so that all can help problem solve and/or fine-tune. The intern is asked to collect quantitative and qualitative data utilizing outcome measures throughout the year (September through May), analyze the data, and to write a summary

(i.e. Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions, Lessons Learned) and present, using PowerPoint, to the SAPIC group at the end of the internship year.

Case presentations:   In addition to informal case presentations made in individual supervision, interns are required to present in group supervision one psychotherapy/counseling case every 7 weeks, with either an audio or video tape, for a total of 4 case presentations. Interns shall provide no fewer than 8 audio/video tapes throughout the year, to be presented in either individual or group supervision (the same tape can be shown in both) and no fewer than 2 of the tapes should be video (or live observation). The interns are responsible for keeping a written record of their tape presentations. If relevant, as part of each case presentation, the intern should review and discuss research literature relevant to that case. Lastly, each intern should seek the opportunity to present no fewer than 4 case conceptualizations during the year to a clinical team including but not limited to: ART, CFT, professional staffing, team staffing, referral meetings, etc.

Seminar presentations:  Several seminars are scheduled on a biweekly or monthly basis to provide didactic information to enhance your clinical practice.  These include Assessment Seminar and Supervision Seminar.  It is expected that interns will attend all seminars, participate actively, and occasionally prepare informal group presentations on relevant topics.

Provision of training by interns:

  • Interns will develop and present their ESTEP outcomes (more information on ESTEP below) the behavioral health community, and/or the clinical team/site in which they are embedded.
  • The intern will present no less than one “Minor” 1.5-hour presentation to the SAPIC group (e.g. presentation of a topic of interest). 

Assessments: In addition to the psychological evaluations completed as part of the assessment-focused secondary rotation each intern shall complete at least six assessments that incorporate a comprehensive test battery and one extended intake to be completed on a therapy client. Interns may elect to conduct one adult assessment of the six required (for the Child Interns) or a one child assessment (i.e. under 18, for the Adult Interns).

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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