General Information

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According to the Assembly Committee on Health and Human Services Committee Brief (Nevada Research Division Legislative Counsel Bureau, 2021), more than 25% of adults in Nevada have a mental health disorder and in almost 5% of adults the disorder is so severe that it causes major impairments in daily living activities and the overall quality of life. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, the state of Nevada is designated as a health-care professional shortage area. This includes nearly every type of health care professional. Although the number of providers has grown in recent years, it has not kept pace with increases in demand for care. Nevada’s health care workforce rankings, as compared to the nation, have not changed significantly over the past 20 years, and the number of health care providers per 100,000 population remains significantly below the national average. For example, according to the Health Workforce in Nevada: A Chartbook, the state would need an additional 728 psychologists to meet the nationwide average number of psychologists per 100,000 population. Even though the state has taken steps to improve mental health services in recent years, Mental Health America’s most recent analysis of Adult Data ranked Nevada as low for access to care (ranked 46 of 51) despite having a high mental illness prevalence rate (ranked 51 of 51). 

The Nevada Psychology Internship Consortium (NV-PIC) represents the collaborative effort of training sites at two state agencies, within the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH), to share resources and faculty for the purpose of providing a diversified educational program for psychology interns. One of the reasons why the NV-PIC was developed is to increase the mental health workforce and ultimately help the public access mental health services. NV-PIC offers a one-year, full-time doctoral internship beginning and ending in August each year. The 4-digit general APPIC Program Code for NV-PIC is 2323. Training takes place at two training sites in or around Las Vegas and Carson City. The consortium sites are:

  • Rural Clinics – Carson City (RCCC): The APPIC Program Code for CCRC is 2323-14.
  • Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services (SNAMHS): SNAMHS offers two internship tracks, a clinical-general track and a clinical-forensic track. The tracks are described further in the NV-PIC brochure (below) and on the SNAMHS page.
    • The APPIC Program Code for SNAMHS “general” track is 2323-12.
    • The APPIC Program Code for SNAMHS “forensic” track is 2323-15.
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Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadline:

November 15, 2020

Interview Notification Deadline:

December 15, 2020

Virtual Interview Dates:

January 2021 – Virtual open house will align with the interviews.

2021-2022 Cohort Start Date:

August 9, 2021

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Applying to NV-PIC

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The consortium currently offers 3 full-time internship positions. Applicants may apply to as many sites within the consortium as they wish. Each consortium site has its own unique Match number, including a unique Match number for each track at SNAMHS, so applicants are able to rank sites or tracks according to their preference.

NV-PIC participates in APPIC’s online AAPI procedure. Please visit www.appic.org for more information about the process and to submit an online application. Applications for the 2021-2022 internship year are due by November 15, 2020. Applicants will be notified regarding their interview status on or before December 15. Please see the Application Procedures page for more information.

Contacting NV-PIC

Questions regarding NV-PIC or the application and interview process may be directed to Dr. Emily Slife, NV-PIC’s Training Director [DPBHNVPIC@health.nv.gov, (702) 486-0711]. Site-specific information also can be directed to the Site Directors, whose contact information can be found on the NV-PIC Faculty page.

Accreditation Status

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NV-PIC is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. NV-PIC has been accredited since May 18, 2017. Questions related to the program’s accreditation 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: 
apaaccred@apa.org

NV-PIC is a proud member of APPIC and participates in the APPIC match (#2323). This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. Member information through the APPIC online directory can be found here.