To apply to our site, please complete the AAPI Online. The details are available at the APPIC website at www.appic.org. This internship site agrees to abide by APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant. Our deadline for internship application is Friday, November 19, 2021, 11:59PM Eastern Time.
Please include all essays, a cover letter specific to our site, CV, and graduate transcripts. Include 3 letters of recommendation - at least TWO letters must be from DIRECT CLINICAL SUPERVISORS who can speak to your clinical skills. This better helps us assess how well your skills and goals match with our training opportunities. Please do not include any assessment reports or other extra materials.
Our minimum intervention hours of 300 are flexible, given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the availability of practicum experiences for many trainees. We will consider other aspects of the application for goodness of fit in addition to hours. IF YOU DO NOT MEET MINIMUM INTERVENTION HOURS, please include in your cover letter a brief description of the circumstances that prevented you from completing your expected clinical training and a description of what you did instead. We welcome applications from all applicants who feel strongly about completing their training with us.
Interview Process Description
Invitation to Interview: Following a review of online application materials, applicants whose training, experience, and professional goals most closely parallel the training opportunities available at PAWS will be invited to participate in a telephone interview. The Training Director will email applicants who are invited to interview and will connect them with the Program Coordinator who will assist applicants with scheduling on a first-come, first-served basis.
Phone Interviews: The phone interviews will take place Dec. 13-17, 2021. Typically two staff members are present (according to their schedules) for the 45-50 minute phone interviews and take turns asking questions. We meet as a team at the conclusion of the interviews to discuss the candidates and all staff contribute to the rankings. The Training Director submits and certifies the rank list before the ranking deadline and before the optional open house. See below for information about the open house and rationale for this process.
Commitment to Equity: Our site is committed to implementing practices in the intern application and interviewing process that are as free from bias as possible. We recognize the socioeconomic impact of traveling for interviews, and thus do not conduct on-site interviews. We also acknowledge that bias can impact interviews in which candidates are visible to the interviewers. While there is no way to avoid bias completely, we hope that by offering telephone interviews, we are inviting candidates to participate in a process that is thoughtfully and equitably designed.
Optional Open House
We offer an entirely optional open house for those candidates who feel strongly about in some way visiting a site before making their decision. The open house occurs after we have submitted and certified our rank order list, and before candidates are required to submit theirs. Even in making plans to attend the open house (while staff are still involved in ranking), applicants communicate exclusively with the Program Coordinator. The Training Director and staff are only informed of the total number of expected attendees, not the names of who will be attending. We welcome candidates to learn as much as they can about us to decide about best fit without concern that their visit (whether virtual or in-person) may influence our rankings of them. The open house is typically held in January with sufficient time for candidates to input their ranking decisions. Candidates are welcome to contact the Training Director, other staff members, and current/former interns at any time with questions. The Training Director is happy to forward email inquiries to the staff/trainees for their responses directly to you.
Background Check: If a candidate matches with our site, UW Tacoma will conduct a national criminal conviction background check (at no cost to the candidate) along with a self-disclosure questionnaire that will be submitted to UW Human Resources. The background check typically occurs within one month of the internship start date. While hiring is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to being hired at CAPS. Eligibility for hiring will be determined by the CAPS administration in consultation with UW Human Resources. Applicants who match to our program but do not successfully pass this background check will not be hired as doctoral psychology interns. See RCW 43.43.830 for relevant Washington state regulatory guidelines/definitions.
In order to protect the health and safety of our community, the University of Washington is requiring all students and personnel to be vaccinated against COVID-19, with certain exemptions allowed. In addition, masks are required to be worn inside all campus buildings and when unable to distance at least 6 feet outdoors. PAWS is currently providing clinical services according to a hybrid model, whereby students can be seen via Zoom or in-person. Interns are currently working from home one day per week. Each office has an air purifier and all clients and providers must wear masks, socially distance when possible, and not eat or drink during sessions. If clients or providers are sick with any illness, they must stay home, even if fully vaccinated. Enrollment in the Husky Coronavirus Testing program is available for free to all members of the campus community. Please visit https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/chancellor/covid-19 for updated COVID-19 related information.