Due Process

Internship Process Information 

Please refer to the full MU SCS Internship PDF for complete details on criteria for admission, successful completion, and due process information.

Entrance Criteria

To be considered a qualified candidate for the MU SCS Internship, applicants must:

  • Demonstrate consistency between candidate's interests and the goals of the MU SCS doctoral internship.
  • Be a registered student, in good standing, at or beyond the third year in a doctoral level program in clinical or counseling psychology.
  • Have completed supervised practicum and clinical placement experience with a minimum of 500 total intervention hours (including individual, group, etc.).
  • Have successfully completed all preliminary or qualifying exams required by the home program before internship ranking submission in February. 
  • Have successfully proposed dissertation by internship ranking submission in February.
  • Have completed all doctoral coursework by July 31 of the entering internship year.
  • Be willing and able to commit to a busy, full-time, twelve month internship.
  • Be willing to engage in self-reflection and personal disclosure within the bounds of supervisory and training relationships, as necessary to assure ethical and appropriate clinical practice.
  • In accordance with MU hiring procedure, interns must:
    • Be able to pass the Employee Background Check.
    • Be able to represent and warrant, by completing a Declaration Regarding Material Assistance/Non-Assistance to a Terrorist Organization form (supplied by the University), that the applicant has not provided any material assistance, as that term is defined in ORC Section 2909.33 C, to an organization that included on the United States Department of State Terrorist Exclusion List and that the applicant has truthfully answered no to every question on the form.

Exit Criteria

In order to be granted a Certificate of Completion from the MU SCS Internship, interns must:

  • Attend a minimum of 80% of individual supervision meetings
  • Attend a minimum of 80% of group supervision meetings
  • At minimum, present an average of three outreach/preventive/psychoeducational programs to the community per semester
  • At minimum, complete 15 hours of clinical service time (includes individual and group clinical hours, emergency and on-call crisis interventions, and clinical consultations) per week during the academic year. During the summer months, complete hours as designated by needs of the center.
  • Complete 440 direct service hours as comprised of individual, group, clinical consultation, and emergency services (totalling 500 hours including direct service hours and outreach and supervision provided).
  • Complete of all described responsibilities of the full-time, twelve-month internship.
  • By the final Spring End of Semester Feedback Form, earn T (on target) ratings for 70% of items, listed within Goals #1 through #4, including Objectives #1 through #13. No intern will be passed with any ratings of A (attention needed) at the time of the Spring End of Semester Feedback Form.

Evaluation and Feedback Policy

SCS interns receive feedback both informally and formally throughout the year, and they are asked to evaluate the internship program both during the year and after they complete the internship. Feedback from the interns is important and guides the changes we make to the internship.

  • Interns are formally evaluated by their individual supervisor mid-semester and at the end of each semester, and by their group co-facilitator at the end of each semester.
  • The Training Director provides a written letter of progress to the intern's program midyear and then again at the end of internship.
  • The MU SCS Internship does not complete any outside evaluation forms.
  • If formal remediation becomes necessary the intern will be informed, in writing, of the concern, and of a remediation plan. (see Due Process information below for more details)
  • The MU SCS Doctoral Internship Program uses the following rating scale on feedback forms that evaluate intern performance:
    • A = attention needed (below acceptable standards)
    • M = improvement needed (growth area)
    • T = on target for expected standards
    • S = strength area (beyond expected standards)
    • E = area of expertise (level of established professional skills)

Due Process Statement

Interns' Conflicts or Grievances with Staff

  • Conflicts and grievances that may occur during the training year are typically resolved through informal mediation and discussion.
  • The next step in conflict resolution would be to talk with the intern's individual supervisor, followed by the Training Director, and then the Director.
  • If this does not resolve the conflict or grievance, a formal complaint may be initiated.

Staff Conflicts or Grievances with Intern(s)

  • Staff concerns about intern performance are typically resolved informally through mediation.
  • If conflicts cannot be resolved in this manner, interns will be informed of grievances in writing. The intern may respond to grievance discussions with formal written notice of disagreement with the staff evaluation and recommendations.
  • Intern "Professional Competence Problems" are defined at the MU SCS as significant and continuing inability to achieve basic requirements of the internship at a minimal "On-Target" level ("T" on evaluation forms), as evaluated by training staff in formal written evaluations.
  • Interns may be found to have professional competence problems before periods of formal written evaluation if their deficits are seen as posing the risk of damage to themselves, their clients, the counseling environment, and/or other staff.