Texas Psychology Internships Initiative

Program Summary

Through the Texas Psychology Internships grant initiative, the Hogg Foundation committed almost $2.2 million to three sites and one consortium to develop new APA-accredited psychology internship programs over five years.

Background

For 70 years, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has focused on improving and promoting mental health in Texas. Supporting the education and training of the mental health workforce in Texas can be an effective way to improve access to and quality of mental health services, leading to recovery and wellness for more Texans with mental illness.

Each grantee will develop a new internship program that enables doctoral psychology students to get the year of supervised training and experience required for their degrees. The four programs combined will train an estimated 62 interns by 2017.

As a condition of the grant, the organizations have agreed to seek national accreditation for their internship programs from the American Psychological Association.

The primary goal of this initiative is to attract doctoral students in psychology to careers as mental health providers in Texas. Expanding the number of high-quality internship programs enables these students to proceed with the education and training required for state licensure and professional practice. A secondary goal is to increase the availability of psychological services in Texas communities that are underserved with respect to mental health services.

Texas-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and governmental entities were eligible to apply. Private practices and established unaccredited internship sites were not eligible to apply. This grant program will not fund additional intern positions at established internship programs, regardless of their accreditation status.

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