Best Practices in Networking in Psychology Training: maapic: a model

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Best Practices in Networking in Psychology Training: MAAPIC: A Model


  • Introductions
    • What is MAAPIC
    • MAAPIC institutions
  • How and why was MAAPIC started?
  • What does MAAPIC do and how do we do it?
    • Joint trainings - Advocacy/empowerment
    • Shared seminars - Mentorship/support
    • Consultation/collaboration - Celebrations
  • Discussion/questions
  • Ideas/plans for implementation

Objectives and Expected Outcomes

  • Participants will identify professional advantages of training director mentoring, from local and regional to national involvement.
  • Participants will understand the MAAPIC model of local internship networking and will learn practical strategies for implementation.
  • Participants will identify topics that are more easily shared in a collaborative model and will generate options for collaboration in training.

Sometimes Training Directors Need

What is MAAPIC?

  • Minnesota APA-Accredited Psychology Internship Centers
  • Bridging Minnesota internships

History of MAAPIC

  • Then
  • Founders 1995
  • Myra Barrett, Ph.D.
  • Glenace Edwall, Ph.D., Psy.D.
  • Dani Jakubowski, Ph.D.
  • Kathy Harowski, Ph.D.
  • Ada Hegion, Ph.D.
  • Jane Levin, Ph.D.
  • Geri Rockett, Ph.D.
  • William Robiner, Ph.D.

History of MAAPIC

  • And Now
  • Sarah Armstrong, M.B.A., Psy.D.
  • Sharon Berry, Ph.D.
  • Cheryl Buechner, Ph.D.
  • Pamela Henderson, Psy.D.
  • Monica Mandell, Ph.D.
  • Salina Renninger, Ph.D.
  • Bill Robiner, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
  • Wayne Siegel, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
  • Jim Wojcik, Ph.D.

History of MAAPIC

  • How has it developed, changed and grown?

MAAPIC Member Institutions

  • Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
  • Hamm Clinic
  • Hazelden Foundation Mental Health/Recovery Services
  • Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Human Services Inc.
  • Minneapolis VA Medical Center
  • University of Minnesota Medical School
  • University of Minnesota Counseling and Consulting Services
  • University of St. Thomas Personal Counseling and Testing Center

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

  • 7th largest children’s health care
  • organization in the US
  • 332-bed tertiary care hospital
  • with two primary campuses
  • Named one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” by US News and World Report
  • 4 Intern positions; clinical child internship with specialty training available in both pediatric psychology and neuropsychology
  • Accredited since 1976
  • Sharon Berry, Ph.D.
  • Training Director since 1996

Hamm Clinic

  • Non profit community mental health center for adult population – individual and group psychotherapy
  • Mission since 1954 to serve the underserved – sliding fee scale
  • Multidisciplinary approach
  • Staff of psychologists, social
  • workers and psychiatrists
  • Accredited since 2006
  • Pamela Henderson, Psy.D.
  • Training Director since 2004

Hazelden Foundation Mental Health/Recovery Services

  • Only accredited chemical dependency internship program
  • 14 full-time faculty
  • 4 interns
  • Accredited since 2002
  • Cheryl Buechner, Ph.D.
  • Training Director since 2006

Hennepin County Medical Center

  • Level 1 Trauma Center
  • and safety net hospital
  • 9 core training faculty
  • 4 interns (2 child, 2 adult) and 2 fellows
  • Accredited since 1985
  • Monica Mandell, Ph.D.
  • Training Director since 2001

Human Services Inc.

  • 10 faculty in a 200 FTE staff
  • Range of clinical and forensic services
  • 2 adult and 1 child intern annually
  • Accredited since 1987
  • James Wojcik, Ph.D.
  • Training Director since 2000

Minneapolis VA Medical Center

  • VA’s Upper Midwest Tertiary Care Center
  • 59 supervising psychology staff
  • 8 interns (2 neuropsychology, 6 general)
  • 4 postdoctoral residents
  • Accredited since 1985
  • Wayne Siegel, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
  • Training Director since 2000

University of Minnesota Medical School

  • Medical School
  • 16 primary faculty
  • 6 interns
  • Accredited since 1965
  • William Robiner, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.
  • Training Director since 1993

University of Minnesota Counseling and Consulting Services

  • Primarily serve students
  • 12 primary staff
  • 4 interns
  • 8 practicum students
  • (4 beginning, 4 advanced)
  • Accredited since 1972
  • Salina Renninger, Ph.D.
  • Training Director since 2002

University of St. Thomas Personal Counseling and Testing Center

  • Medium-sized private, religiously-affiliated university
  • 5 licensed psychology
  • faculty
  • 3 career specialists
  • 3 interns
  • Accredited since 1995
  • Sarah Armstrong, M.B.A., Psy.D.
  • Training Director since 1996

What Does MAAPIC Do and How Do We Do It?

  • Joint Trainings
    • Diversity and Multiculturalism
    • Supervision and Ethics
    • Other (e.g. credentialing workshop)

Shared Seminars

  • University of Minnesota and University of St. Thomas Counseling Centers’ intern seminar series
  • MAAPIC institutions opening internal professional development opportunities to other MAAPIC institutions (interns and staff)
  • MAAPIC training directors and training staff presenting seminars to other programs


  • Liaisons With Other Training Organizations:
    • APA Commission on Accreditation
    • APA Site visitors
    • APPIC Board (Chair-Elect)
    • Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies Treasurer (past Board members)
    • Chair of VA Training Council
    • Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs
    • Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs
    • Association of Psychology Academic Health Centers (President-Elect)
    • Minnesota Psychological Association Education and Training Committee (past secretary)
    • University of Minnesota and University of St. Thomas Counseling Psychology Training Programs

Scholarship Activities of Directors

    • Authorship of articles, tests, and book chapters
    • Editorial Boards
      • Clinical Psychology Review
    • Ad hoc reviewers for Peer-reviewed Journals
      • Professional Psychology: Research and Practice
      • Training and Education in Psychology
      • Journal of Pediatric Psychology
      • Journal of Clinical Psychology
      • Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
      • Journal of Behavioral Medicine
      • Journal of Psychological Assessment
      • Mayo Clinic Proceedings
      • Disease Management and Health Outcomes
      • Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved

Collaboration – cont. Professional Affairs/Social Responsibilities:

    • VA National Standards Board for Psychology
    • VA Medical Center Academic Excellence Council
    • Minnesota Board of Psychology
    • Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
    • Minnesota Psychological Association
      • Annual Meeting Poster Presentation Coordinator
      • Various committees, Executive Council
    • Division 54 Board
    • Internal organizational committees (e.g. multicultural diversity committees, institutional review boards…)

Other Consultative/Collaborative Activities:

  • Peer Consultations
    • APA Self Studies
    • Licensing regulations
    • Ethical Questions and Ethical Dilemmas
    • Training or Clinical Questions
  • Sharing articles and other training resources
  • Scheduling intern interviews the same week(s)
  • Vetting each others interns for local and national post-doc positions and employment
  • Mini-Clearinghouse supplements APPIC Clearinghouse
  • Sharing financial resources
  • Grant-writing (BEA grant...)


  • Advocacy for clinical, counseling, adult MH, child MH, counseling center, medical center, county mental health center, addiction and recovery center, CMHC clinics
  • Federal Advocacy
    • FEDAC representatives

Advocacy/Empowerment – cont.

  • Using information from MAAPIC sites to advocate to administration for financial support (e.g. to attend training conferences, raise internship stipends and benefits)
  • Joint letter-writing:
    • to doctoral programs (e.g. re: limitation of number of applicants from program)
    • to state psychological association newsletter
    • APA CoA Call for Comments


  • Mentorship of APPIC programs interested in accreditation
  • Integration and support of new training directors
  • Training director meetings 4-5 x/year
    • Emotional/psychological support
    • Trouble shooting/problem solving
    • Systems support
    • Check-ins, updates, problem-solving, sharing in depth about our experiences, mistakes, learnings, program development and documentation, how we accomplished tasks and created opportunities
  • MAAPIC Training director listserv

Mentorship/Support – cont.:

  • Sharing relevant information from individual training listservs re:
    • Supervision issues
    • Coping with generation Y and millennial interns
    • Facebook and social networking privacy concerns
    • Videoconferencing
    • Positions for each other’s graduates
    • Recruitment for online research studies


  • Match Day Wine and Cheese Party
  • Mid-Summer Pot Luck


  • How to get started!
    • Grass roots (start with anything)
    • Informal consultation with area TDs
    • Lunch or dinner with area TDs
    • Sharing didactics among area programs
    • Joint trainings among area programs
    • Could use video conferencing if programs are not close


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