Application Procedures

Pine Rest computer match numbers: 137011


We have been pleased with the electronic application system and again look forward to receiving applications via the standardized, electronic AAPI.  We have confirmed with APPIC that the following specific requests are permissible:

  • In your cover letter, please write a detailed description of why Pine Rest would be a good fit for your internship training.  Identify some of your professional strengths and areas for growth.
  • Please specify the number of hours you worked at each of your practicum/externship sites.  This may done on your uploaded vita or within your cover letter.
  • We require 3 supporting letters: Please include supporting letters from at least 2 supervisors, each from a different training site.  We prefer that one letter come from a training program faculty member (e.g. Director of Clinical Training or faculty advisor).  If you simply cannot meet our request for the above-noted letters, we still welcome your application, although you may wish to include the reason(s) why such letters were not available.

 

Pine Rest accepts applications from doctoral psychology students in both clinical and counseling psychology, with preference to those from APA-accredited programs. To be competitive in the selection process, you should have received substantial training in psychopathology, psychotherapy, and psychological assessment.  You should also be interested in how to integrate clinical practice with personal faith. Interns do not need to be of a certain faith, but do need to be able to approach matters of spirituality with respect, sensitivity and a desire to learn.

Pine Rest is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and pledges to adhere to APPIC and the National Matching Services selection and notification procedures.

As an organization and program striving to increase diversity, we welcome applications from persons of varied backgrounds.

Because of the number of applications received, only those who have been pre-selected are invited to schedule in-person interviews.  The program notifies applicants of selection or non-selection for an interview well before the APPIC December 15 interview notification deadline. In-person interviews are strongly preferred.  Interview days occur on Fridays in December and January.  Individual interviews take place with the Training Director and the Assistant Training Director at the Psychological Consultation Center on Pine Rest’s Main Campus, followed by a group lunch with other applicants and current interns. After lunch there is a group interview at the main campus with select supervisors and training committee staff. Interviews conclude with a group tour of the Pine Rest Main Campus, including residential and inpatient rotation sites and the Campus Clinic. The tour is given by current interns and provides a further opportunity to ask questions of the current interns.

After the interviews are completed and before the February notification date, the training committee ranks candidates. Because of Michigan's licensure laws, only interns who have a formal master's degree in clinical or counseling psychology or social work can be licensed. Licensure is necessary for interns to receive third party reimbursement for outpatient services. Intern candidates should ensure that they are eligible for Michigan Temporary Limited License Psychologist (TLLP) certification.  The state requirements are found in detail in the link below. The core of the requirements is that the applicant has completed a Masters Degree in Clinical or Counseling Psychology and that the applicant has completed a practicum experience - supervised by a licensed psychologist - with a minimum of 500 hours. Interns are reimbursed for the cost of obtaining the license.

Interns are reimbursed for expenses related to licensing in Michigan.

The Pine Rest internship most recently conducted a self study and site visit in 2009. Following a review by APA's Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, we were re-accredited, with our next self study due in 2016.

*For additional information on Pine Rest's APA Accreditation, please contact:

APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington D.C. 20002-4242
(202) 336-5979

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