by Michele Guzman

We are pleased to announce that Travis County Juvenile Probation Department’s psychology internship program has just received accreditation from the American Psychological Association. In 2011, the department received a five-year grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to fund its internship program, which enables students to get the year of supervised training and experience required for a doctoral degree in psychology.

A key goal of the Texas Psychology Internships initiative is to attract doctoral students in psychology to careers as mental health providers in Texas by expanding the number of high-quality internship programs that enable them to proceed with the education and training required for state licensure and professional practice. In receiving the grant, organizations agree to seek national accreditation for their internship programs from the American Psychological Association.

Since being awarded the Texas Psychology Internships grant, Travis County Juvenile Probation Department has created four internship positions and has added a psychologist position. The department is able to train psychologists who are gaining invaluable experience working with youth from diverse backgrounds who are facing a variety of mental health challenges.

We’ll have more on this exciting development in the days to come. Stay tuned!