"NICPP Orientation Day!" Photo by Jeff Snell /QLI
"NICPP Training Directors lunching together at the Flippin' Sweet in Kearney, NE" Photo by Alisa Kushner/ Educational Psychology
Alisa Kushner, Coordinator of the NICPP, on the UNL Campus in spring / Educational Psychology
Consortium visit to NET/NPR on UNL's East Campus Photo by Alisa Kushner/ Educational Psychology
NICPP Interns end of year party. It was a great year! Photo by Alisa Kushner / Educational Psychology
Alana Schriver discusses challenges experienced by refugees coming to Omaha. Photo by Alisa Kushner / Educational Psychology
NICPP Interns having lunch at Playa Azul in Beatrice during our BSDC Seminar Photo by Alisa Kushner / Educational Psychology
Sandhill Cranes at Sunrise on the Platte on the way to MMI-Kearney Consortium Photo by Alisa Kushner/ Educational Psychology
Sleep disorder specialist, Brett Kuhn, PhD, speaks to the NICPP Interns at our MMI Consortium Photo by Alisa Kushner / Educational Psychology
Interview Day At Boys Town Photo by Alisa Kushner / Educational Psychology
Sandhill Cranes migration in flight on the way to Kearney consortium Photo by Alisa Kushner / Educational Psychology
NICPP interns take the time to relax together after a good year of work and learning Photo by Alisa Kushner / Educational Psychology
Graduation! Time to relax! Photo by Annamari Maaranen / Educational Psychology
"Help! I am losing my mind!" Lawyers speak at BSDC Seminar Photo by Alisa Kushner / Educational Psychology
Help! I am losing my mind!" Lawyers speak at BSDC Seminar Photo by Alisa Kushner / Educational Psychology
NICPP Interns ready to greet our Prospective Interns on Interview Day at Boys Town Photo by Alisa Kushner/ Educational Psychology
Interview Day at Boys Town! Photo by Alisa Kushner / Educational Psychology
Donna Stewart, PhD, speaks about Multicultural Considerations at our Boys Town Seminar Photo by Alisa Kushner / Educational Psychology
NICPP Board of Supervisors / Beth Doll, NICPP Director, PhD, UNL, Peter Martin, PsyD, Catholic Social Services, Tricia Besett-Alesch, PsyD, CAPS; Amanda Zangrillo, PhD, Munroe-Meyer Institute; Cecilia Poon, PhD, Nebraska Medicine Psychology Department; Jeff Snell, PhD, QLI; Tessa Swoboda, PhD, Department of Health and Human Services; Kim Haugen, PhD, Boys Town; Allison Grennan, PhD, Munroe-Meyer Institute; Rebecka Tompkins, PhD, Creighton, Alisa Kushner, NICPP Program Coordinator, UNL.
Handbook and Forms
- APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct
- NICPP 2022-2023 Intern Handbook
- Operational Definitions for Log
- Case Presentation Schedule
- Goal Attainment Scale (GAS)
- 2022-2023 NICPP Mid-Year Intern Evaluation fillable form
- 2022-2023 NICPP Final Intern Evaluation fillable form
- 2022-2023 NICPP Mid Year Evaluation of Supervisor Qualtrics Link
- 2022-2023 NICPP Site Visit Form
- NICPP Competency Rubric Form
- Site Visit Evaluation Form
- Counseling and Psychological Services Site Visits
- Nebraska Medicine Psychology Department Site Visits
- Boys Town Omaha Site Visits
- Boys Town Grand Island Site Visits
- Munroe-Meyer Institute iABA Site Visits
- Catholic Social Services Site Visits
- QLI Site Visits
- Student Counseling Services-Creighton Site Visits
Things to do in Nebraska
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2022-2023 doctoral internship class! We have 46 interns in the Nebraska Internship Consortium in Professional Psychology from Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology programs located from across the United States. We are looking forward to working with all of you this year!
Email is our primary form of communication among our Consortium sites and between the sites and the NICPP administrative office located in the Educational Psychology Department of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Please make sure the administrative coordinator always has your current email address.
Check the website frequently. It provides a number of valuable resources. Here you will find the most current versions of the intern handbook and the various you need to fill out throughout the year. We post seminar agendas, information on training opportunities, and invitations to social events. Check the calendar for seminar and site visit dates. We have also assembled some links to resources for evidence-based practice that you may find helpful. Join our Facebook group and share your thoughts on your NICPP internship experience as well as see all of the current post doc positions listed. Check out our Spotlight page to see what your fellow interns and the members of the NICPP faculty have been doing.
NICPP Intern Handbook
The NICPP Intern Handbook provides a roadmap for your internship year. It tells you what we as a consortium do and why we do it. It lays out our expectations of you and what you can expect from us. Our policies and procedures and our ethical principles are found in its pages. You will also find examples of the forms you are expected to complete and turn in during the year to document your fulfillment of internship requirements. These requirements include setting goals for yourself (Goal Attainment Scale), putting in your hours of client contact and supervision (Intern Monthly Activity Log), attending consortium seminars, and visiting and learning about the variety of sites across the Consortium (Site Visit Evaluation).
Please also read The Impact of Microaggressions - An Introductory Training , by Brea M. Banks, PhD.
- A minimum of 2,000 hours completed during a 12-month period (at least 50 working weeks), documented in monthly logs submitted to the NICPP administrative assistant. A minimum of 25% of hours (500) in face-to-face psychological services to patients and clients. A minimum of 2 hours per week in individual supervision.
- Two (2) Psychology Intern Evaluations, one midyear, one yearend, completed by the primary supervisor, with comments and signatures of the supervisor and the intern, and the signature of the UNL co-director. The evaluation form is found in the NICPP Intern Handbook. Interns need to average 4 or above in each area summary on their yearend evaluation to successfully complete internship.
Competency Scale 1-6
1 = Pre-internship/Deficient
2 = Beginning Internship
3 = Midyear Competency Minimum
4 = Yearend Competency Minimum
5 = Yearend Competent
6 = Post-internship/Exceptional
The competency scale of 1 to 6 is intended to represent the typical range and course of development during the internship year. It is expected that for most interns in most areas ratings will be between 2 and 5, 2-3 at the beginning of internship and moving, as competencies develop, to 3-4 at midyear and 4-5 at the conclusion of the internship. Supervisors are asked to explain specifically in the comments any ratings that fall in the 1-2 pre-internship/deficient and/or 5-6 post-internship/exceptional ranges of the scale.
- Three (3) Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) forms, initial, midyear, and yearend, reviewed and signed by the intern, supervisor, and UNL co-director. At the beginning of the year, interns work with their supervisors to establish specific professional goals for their training year in the initial GAS form. Interns assess and score their progress on the goals at midyear and again at yearend, reviewing their progress with their supervisors. Goals may be revised as necessary.
- One (1) clinical case presentation at a Consortium seminar day.
- Two (2) site visit evaluations completed and submitted to the NICPP administrative coordinator.
The NICPP espouses a scientist-practitioner approach to psychological practice within an ecological-developmental framework. A crucial part of our training philosophy is an emphasis on evidence-based practice. The American Psychological Association defines an "evidence-based practice" as one in which someone looks at the best available research and then combines that with his or her own expertise to develop a treatment that meets the unique needs of the client. We encourage interns to consult resources such as the Evidence-Based Behavioral-Practice website, which is dedicated to bridging the gap between behavioral health research and practice. American Psychiatric Association practice guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for the assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders. This page links to the complete text of all APA practice guidelines published on PsychiatryOnline , which provides additional tools and resources for each guideline: http://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/search-directories-databases/publications . The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has published over 30 Practice Parameters. The Parameters are published as Official Actions of the AACAP in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry . Links to the complete text of all published parameters are available at https://www.aacap.org/aacap/Resources_for_Primary_Care/Practice_Parameters_and_Resource_Centers/Practice_Parameters.aspx .
We appreciate all those who share their expertise with us during our NICPP seminars. We particularly thank those who permit us to post their presentations:
- The "Job Talk" – Keith Allen, Ph.D.
- Bullying Prevention – Susan M. Swearer, Ph.D.
- Assessent and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders – Thomas M. Reimers, Ph.D.
- Licensure and the EPPP – Aaron C. Stratman, Ph.D.
Shane Lopez, Ph.D., Senior Scientist in Residence at Gallup and Research Director for the Clifton Strengths School, presented an NICPP seminar session on the topic of Positive Psychology. He kindly provided several articles on the importance of hope: Beyond the DSM-IV: Assumptions, Alternatives, and Alterations ; Impact of Positive Psychological Capital on Employee Well-Being Over Time ; and Longitudinal Effects of Hope on Depression and Anxiety: A Latent Variable Analysis .
- Training opportunities will be posted here.
Research Participation Requests
- Requests for intern participants in research surveys will be posted here.