Well, sometimes one would need something to fall back on in Texas if one's gun failed. Oil, guns, cowboy hats, football, the Bush family, and now APA accreditation. Texas has gone too far!Can someone please explain to me the advantage of attending an APA accredited PhD program in Texas?
Is accreditation even required for licensure as a psychologist in Texas?
I'm sure there are those on this board who know more about this subject than I do, but I'll give it a shot. Getting an APA accredited internship is important because, once again, it is required for certain licenses and also certain jobs. I think there are states beyond Oklahoma and Mississippi that require an APA accredited internship for licensure, but I'm not entirely sure about that. Definitely if you want to work for the government in any capacity, you would need an APA accredited internship. Beyond that, I know there are many states that require you to prove that your internship site and program provided approximately equivalent training to those accredited by the APA. Demonstrating this can be logistically difficult and require a lot of jumping through hoops (in some cases, not all).I agree. The online doctorate doesn't make any sense to me either. I was looking at SMU and I dont think they are accredited at this time.
So as I understand it thus far the advantages of APA accreditation (in Texas) are:
1. If you want to be licensed in a state (other than Texas) which requires an APA accreditation one would need to attend an APA accredited program.
*and the states that require APA accreditation are Missippi and Oklahoma
*don't most (all?) states have reciprocity after a certain number of years of lisensure and full time practice
2. Some specific employers require a degree from an accredited program
3. respect from your peers
4. places you higher up the rankings for APA internship match
*APA accredited internship is important why?
What else? What impact does any of this have on those entering private practice?
people who do not match enroll in something called clearinghouse. it is basically one day wherein everyone is scrambling to find an internship, applying, to sites, making calls, faxing, etc. again, there are more students than sites.
if that fails, then the individual is put in a position to wait a year before they can apply again.
i would imagine that if the individual did not match a 2nd time he/she would run into time limits on program completion. i guess if he/she ran out of time for completing the program he/she would leave with an MA...
Wait, and reapply the next year. Some take unpaid internships (which shouldn't be allowed), lower accredited internships, and/or go for MA/MS level licensure (not available in many states) and forego licensing as a psychologist.With a shortage of internships, what do the people who do not get internships do? Again, just curious.
i've known great people too who have not matched, but i've never seen thier transcripts or applications. what do you think are the main factors that can lead a qualified applicant to not match? or the other side, what factors do you think make one more likely to match?Psychmama, I take it the counseling center is APPIC but not APA? And it's true that good applicants from good programs with excellent credentials can end up unmatched (like our amazing mod, for example... I'm still a bit shocked about that one, honestly!)
I've often asked myself that. In the interests of full disclosure, I should say that I'm currently applying to internship programs and want very much to match -- so I definitely appreciate the anxiety around this whole process.i've known great people too who have not matched, but i've never seen thier transcripts or applications. what do you think are the main factors that can lead a qualified applicant to not match? or the other side, what factors do you think make one more likely to match?
1. Geographic restrictions (this happens a lot to NYC'ers and/or other people who only apply to a region...many of which are super competitive).what do you think are the main factors that can lead a qualified applicant to not match?