Successful completion of the internship requries:
- Demonstrated competence as assessed by the intern's supervisor.
- Completion by the intern of 2000 hours of training.
Supervisor evaluations: The Nevada Psychology Internship Consortium (NV-PIC) requires that interns demonstrate minimum levels of achievement across all training elements, as outlined in the NV-PIC Training Competencies. Interns are expected to achieve an intermediate to advanced level of skill on each element and competency by the conclusion of the internship year. Interns are formally evaluated by their primary supervisor 3-months into the internship year (approximately November), 7-months into internship (approximately March), and at the conclusion of internship year (approximately July). Evaluations are conducted using a standard rating form, which includes comment spaces where supervisors include specific written feedback regarding the interns’ performance and progress. The evaluation form includes information about the interns’ performance regarding all of NV-PIC’s expected training competencies. Supervisors review these evaluations with the interns at each time interval and provide an opportunity for discussion if the intern has questions or concerns about the feedback.
Demonstrations of competence are essential. The minimum level of achievement for successful completion of internship is defined as intermediate competence for each training element, rated “3”. The rating scale for each evaluation is a 6-point scale, with the following rating values:
- 1=Needing Improvement
On the first formal evaluation (3-months), a score of 2 on any competency or training element will result in close monitoring by program supervisors.A rating of unsatisfactory/fail, or of needing improvement, 0 or 1, on any training element at the first evaluation will initiate the program’s Due Process procedures.
On the second formal evaluation (7-months), a rating of 0, 1, or 2 on any training element or any other significant concern by the supervisor about the student’s performance or progress, will initiate the program’s Due Process procedures. The Due Process guidelines can be found on www.nv-pic.org and in the Intern Handbook.
By the conclusion of the internship year, interns are expected to achieve an intermediate to advanced level of skill on each element and competency. Thus, all interns must receive a rating of 3 or above on all training elements by the final evaluation to complete the program successfully.
Hours requirement: In addition to demonstrated competence, all NV-PIC interns are expected to complete 2000 hours of training during the internship year.
Feedback to the intern’s home doctoral program is provided at or near the mid-point and at the culmination of the internship year. If successful completion of the program comes into question at any point during the internship year, or if an intern enters into the formal review step of the Due Process procedures due to a grievance by a supervisor or an inadequate rating on an evaluation, the home doctoral program will be contacted within 30 days. This contact is intended to ensure that the home doctoral program, which also has a vested interest in the intern’s progress, is kept engaged to support an intern who may be having difficulties during the internship year. The home doctoral program is notified of any further action that may be taken by NV-PIC secondary to the Due Process procedures, up to and including termination from the program.
Meeting the hours requirement, including attending required training experiences (e.g., didactic seminars), and obtaining sufficient ratings on all evaluations demonstrates that the intern has progressed satisfactorily through and completed the internship program. Doctoral programs are informed within one month following the end of the internship year that the intern has successfully completed the program.
Evaluations by interns: In addition to the evaluations described above, interns complete a self-evaluation form three times during the internship year: at the beginning of the internship year, 7-months into internship (March), and at the conclusion of the internship year. Additionally, interns complete an evaluation of their supervisor and a program evaluation concurrent with the evaluations done by their supervisors (November, March, and July) to provide information supporting changes or improvements in the training program. All evaluation forms can be located on www.nv-pic.org and in the Intern Handbook.
Record maintenance procedures: Information about interns’ training experiences, evaluations by supervisors, attendance at required training activities, and certificates of completion are maintained indefinitely in a secure digital file by the NV-PIC Training Director for future reference and credentialing purposes.