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San Juan Internship Program in Clinical Psychology Consortium

San Juan Internship Program in Clinical Psychology Consortium

The San Juan Internship Program in Clinical Psychology Consortium (SJIPCPC or Consortium) is a doctoral internship program offering a variety of professional training experiences to doctoral students in their transition to becoming clinical psychologists. The expectation is that, by the end of the training year, interns will be capable of functioning competently and independently in core competencies. The program consists of 2,000 hours of internship training to be completed in a period of 12 months.

Albizu University (AU) provides administrative support to the Consortium, which is an exclusively affiliated internship program with AU, through the Internship Program in Psychology. Given its affiliated status, the Consortium reserves its seven (7) internship positions for qualified graduate students of Albizu University.

The Consortium consists of four (4) major training sites: in a Metro Pavía Health Services Systems hospital (Hospital Pavía Hato Rey, Hospital Metropolitano de la Montaña, Utuado, and Hospital Pavía Arecibo); Iniciativa Comunitaria: Clínica Pitirre; Clínica de la Albizu, Inc., in Mayagüez; and Professional Consulting Psychoeducational Services, Inc., in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. A total of seven (7) fully funded interns participated in the Consortium for the 2018-2019 training year.

The SJIPCPC is designed to provide interns with practical experiences intended to refine the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for doctoral level positions in psychology. It also provides interns with increased supervised training in areas such as psychotherapy, clinical assessment, supervision, consultation, and research, among others. Administration, supervision, and didactic training areas play a key role in the internship program at AU.

The Consortium is a member (program code: 1550) of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Its administrative office is located at Albizu University in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Consortium has non-discriminatory policies and provides equal opportunity to all applicants regardless of race, gender, creed, color, origin, disability, or lifestyle. These policies apply to all aspects of the internship program. It is the intern’s responsibility to become acquainted with these norms and procedures and stay informed of all changes.

The SJIPCPC provides a unique opportunity for interns to increase and refine their clinical knowledge, skills, and competencies as they are applied to a culturally diverse group of clients with multiple mental health needs in a variety of clinical settings where emphasis is placed on social responsibility and cultural sensitivity. The clinical training within a bicultural context, such as Puerto Rico, provides valuable opportunities for our interns to broaden their clinical vision and experience the richness of a multicultural background.

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