Miami University announces that its student counseling service (SCS), a department of student affairs, has received the highest level of accreditation available for its pre-doctoral internship program by the American Psychological Association's Commission on Accreditation (APA-CoA) until 2018. APA-CoA is the accrediting authority for professional education and training in psychology.
The accreditation process involves a thorough review of all aspects of the internship program including eligibility; philosophy, objectives and training plan; resources; cultural and individual differences and diversity; intern-staff relations; self-assessment and quality enhancement; outcome data; and public disclosure.
A one-year full-time internship program at Miami provides interns with training in professional psychology by providing a broad range of clinical services such as individual and group therapy and emergency consultation and assessments to students, and outreach services to students, faculty, staff and parents.
The APA-CoA specifically commended the program for its systematic and long-term efforts to attract and retain interns from diverse ethnic, racial and personal backgrounds. From 2003 to 2010, 57 percent of the interns have represented diverse groups.
“The staff of the SCS are very proud of this level of accreditation as it affirms the high quality of services that the SCS works very hard to provide on a consistent basis,” said Kip Alishio, director of the SCS.