The Pittsburgh Psychology Internship Consortium’s mission is to train doctoral psychology interns dedicated to serving children and their families. P-PIC is designed to prepare interns for independent practice, in addition to meeting state requirements for certification as a school psychologist.
The Pittsburgh Psychology Internship Consortium (P-PIC) represents the collaborative effort of three agencies to share resources and faculty for the purpose of providing a range of clinical and didactic experiences that represent the necessary depth and breadth required for future professional psychological practice. The P-PIC training program is a year-long, full-time doctoral internship experience, beginning August 1st of each year. Across training sites, interns will complete an average of 15-20 hours per week of face-to-face direct service delivery. Interns are expected to complete 2000 hours of training during the year. Interns are also expected to achieve the goals and objectives of the internship program, to abide by the APA Code of Ethics, the requirements of the P-PIC training program, and the rules and regulations of the training site that employs them.
The Consortium will offer 6 full-time positions during the 2023-2024 internship cycle:
1. Clinical Diagnostics/School Psychology Track. The internship position with Wesley Family Services will allow the psychology intern to gain experiences in both a clinical setting and school setting. The psychology intern will work within both the diagnostic evaluation program, which is a diagnostic and service planning program committed to providing comprehensive evaluations to children and adolescents experiencing mental/emotional/behavioral health needs. The intern will also gain experience within a local Public School District and the Wesley Schools (K-12th grade), which includes acute hospitalization, partial hospitalization, and approved private school programs, providing consultation to teachers and therapists, completing FBAs, psychoeducational evaluation, observations, and implementing group and/or individual therapy. Psychology interns within the Diagnostic Testing/School Psychology track will work directly under the supervision of two licensed psychologists, as well as among a cohort of interns and post-doctoral residents.
2. School Psychology/Clinical Outpatient Track. The intern will rotate through Wesley Family Services in which they will work with children and adolescents with social-emotional, neurodevelopmental, and behavioral disorders within a school-based acute partial, partial hospital, and an outpatient clinic. Primary activities include psychological/psychoeducational evaluations, autism assessments, individual and group therapy, as well as school psychology related activities such as IEP Team meetings, student staffing review and parent consultation.
3. School Psychology/Neuropsychology Outpatient Track. The intern will have their main rotation at an outpatient community clinic, The Psychology and Learning Center, as well as a one day weekly rotation through local contracted public schools to provide school psychology services and consultation. Primary activities include neuropsychological and psychological assessment and school psychology related activities.
4. Community Mental Health/ School Psychology Track. There are two internship positions available at this site. The intern will have their main rotation at Fallon Psych, a community mental health private practice with an emphasis on training experiences that include a strength based, systems approach to provide individual therapy, group therapy, social skills training, family therapy, parenting consultation, and comprehensive psychological evaluations. In addition, consultation with local schools and school districts will be heavily emphasized.
5. Hospital-Neuropsychology/ School Psychology Track. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Department of Transplant Psychology focuses on providing psychological services as part of the multidisciplinary assessment and management of psychosocial functioning among solid organ transplant candidates and recipients. Transplant psychologists serve as liaisons to all solid organ and related transplant teams, including kidney, liver, small bowel, heart, lung and multi-visceral. Program faculty have expertise across a broad range of behavioral medicine domains, including psychological assessment, medication adherence, chronic pain, and cognitive impairment within chronic disease populations. Activities include pretransplant psychological evaluations, collaboration and consultation with schools and community treatment team members, individual therapy, and assisting the transition back to education setting process for patients.
Download the P-PIC Handbook for more information