The Western Kentucky Psychology Internship Consortium (WKPIC) is an APA-Accredited internship composed of two major treatment centers located in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The Pennyroyal Center is a private, not-for-profit mental health center founded in 1967. The center serves eight counties in Western Kentucky, offering comprehensive care across five clinics, including integrated health care, full spectrum mental health treatment for children and adults, full spectrum substance abuse treatment, and full spectrum services for persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Western State Hospital (WSH), founded in 1854, is one of the oldest continually-operating mental health hospitals in the United States. Today, the hospital is an acute care adult psychiatric facility operated by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and accredited by The Joint Commission and certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Western State Hospital serves the 34 westernmost counties in the state, providing inpatient crisis stabilization through recovery-oriented practices.
The internship consortium is under the supervision of a committee composed of a licensed psychologist appointed by the Executive Director of the Pennyroyal Center and the Facility Director of Western State Hospital. Our program stresses the progressive development of foundational skills needed for the professional practice of psychology across an integrated community health spectrum, and includes a broad range of settings, populations, and challenges.
The program is designed to prepare clinicians for assuming the role of an independent, innovative, recovery-focused, and competent practicing professional. Through intensive supervision, direct client contact across a variety of mental health settings, consortium-wide didactic seminars involving multiple disciplines, and consortium-wide leadership training, interns are provided with gradually increasing responsibilities as they progress toward greater autonomy over the course of their 12 months of training. WKPIC strives for the development of clinical competence, multicultural competence, and strong professional identity.
The internship utilizes a practitioner-scholar model, and emphasizes integrating supervised clinical hours and didactic experiences, with strong emphasis on fostering multicultural and ethical competence. Interns are expected to develop strong clinical skills with patients from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, gain a secure understanding of mental health care across a spectrum reaching from hospital-based services to traditional outpatient care with an integrated healthcare component, outreach, and consultation with other clinical and community-based professionals and organizations. Interns also gain experience with supervision of doctoral-level practicum students.
The internship year begins September 1st and it is a 12-month, full-time program for three interns. The stipend for each intern will be $23,670. In addition, there is an attractive benefit package including health, dental and life insurance, professional liability insurance, holiday leave, paid time off and other appropriate benefits. Boosters and vaccinations, including yearly flu and pneumonia shots, are offered at no cost to interns through Western State Hospital.
WKPIC accepts applicants for three positions from APA-accredited clinical psychology and counseling psychology programs. Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis, if documented clinical coursework and intervention hours are comparable to those from an accredited clinical/counseling program. Applicants from university clinical and counseling programs on an accreditation track will be considered as well, with prior contact from the university training director explaining the school’s training elements and stage in the accreditation process. In 2016 WKPIC added a fourth internship slot that is exclusively affiliated with the doctoral program at Western Kentucky University (WKU). WKU fully funds this internship position, while WKPIC provides the selected WKU intern with the same intern experience that our three at-large interns receive. As such, we have three (3) regular Match slots, and one (1) exclusively affiliated Match slot, for a total of four (4) interns.
The application deadline is November 15th. A select number of applicants will be invited for interviews. Practicum requirements must have been completed, with at least 400 hours of AAPI Intervention Hours recorded or projected by the beginning of internship, and at least 100 AAPI Assessment Hours. The doctoral program must certify that the applicant is ready for internship. Due to state policies and regulations governing patient contact in state facilities, we cannot accept applicants with previous felony convictions, or misdemeanor convictions other than traffic offenses. WKPIC follows the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s non-discrimination policies. Pursuant to Executive Order 2008-473 and relevant state and federal laws, it is the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, ancestry, age (40 and over), disability, veteran status or genetic information. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad and diverse spectrum of people, including minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
WKPIC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation [Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation/American Psychological Association/750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 2002/Phone (202) 336-5979/E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org/Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation].