Pediatrics-Psychology Internship

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The University of Minnesota Medical School Psychology Internship celebrates 50 years of APA accreditation June 1, 2015.

Preparing interns to meet the mental health needs of children

William Robiner

The University of Minnesota Medical School Psychology Internship is a stimulating educational environment that is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. A long tradition of academic excellence ensures high quality preparation  for a broad range of career choices. Our faculty are committed, accomplished, and enthusiastic role models for careers in clinical practice and research. They are available  to facilitate interns' learning and refinement of professional skills. Our interns are partners with our faculty in a shared educational endeavor.

The aim of the University of Minnesota Medical School Psychology Internship is to prepare interns to meet the mental health needs of children and to function as psychologists in academic health centers or other clinical contexts. Interns provide clinical assessments and care for children and their families in a broad mix of clinical settings within a teaching hospital. In addition to extensive supervised clinical experiences, interns participate in a blend of didactics, conferences, and team meetings to further their professional development. The internship year provides ample opportunities for interns to collaborate closely with faculty and develop collegial relationships with our faculty, staff, and each other.

The Pediatrics-Psychology Internship is a stimulating program designed to prepare interns for professional practice. The aim of the internship is prepare psychologists with the requisite knowledge and skills for post-internship career activities, entry to the profession, and into the practice of health service psychology. By the conclusion of the internship, interns are expected to demonstrate competence in each of the APA Profession-Wide Competence areas. The Internship combines the extensive resources of the Division of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Pediatric Neuropsychology, and Pediatric Psychology) creating a comprehensive program for training and psychologists.

The internship provides a robust didactic series and supervision to promote interns' professional development and prepare them for professional practice as health service psychologists in medical schools and other diverse settings.  Interns obtain supervised clinical experiences with diverse patient populations.

The Internship has been continuously accredited since 1965 by the American Psychological Association making it the longest APA-accredited internship in this region, and is known for its quality assessment and improvement activities.  It was awarded full accreditation for seven years in 2010 by the APA Commission on Accreditation. William Robiner, PhD, ABPP, is the Internship Director.

Together with the rest of the University of Minnesota community, the Medical School is dedicated to providing a high-quality education for students of all backgrounds. The Medical School upholds an environment of inclusiveness, equal opportunity, and respect for the similarities and differences in our community.

Our track numbers are as follows:

38112: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Pediatric Neuropsychology
138113: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Pediatric Psychology
138114: Pediatric Psychology - Pediatric Neuropsychology

The Internship begins each year on July 1 or on the first working day thereafter. The Internship is divided into two six-month periods with interns changing full-time rotations at mid-year. Although there are many opportunities within the AHC for exploration of clinical research interests and for attendance of seminars and conferences, the top priority is the clinical work and training directly related to the Internship. As long as interns responsibilities to their patients are fulfilled, interns are welcome to explore the broader opportunities throughout the AHC as their clinical schedules and workloads allow. The activities of the Internship are organized by the Internship Director and the Training Committee with input from interns. One of the interns serves as a liaison to the Training Committee. A PDF version of the Internship Handbook is available for review by contacting Dr. Robiner.

Accreditation Status

The doctoral internship at the University of Minnesota Medical School is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The next site visit will be during the calendar year 2017.

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 20002

Phone: (202) 336-5979 Email: apaacred@apa.org Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation