The internship shortage is seemingly
isthe link to
an article from the New York Timesby Joseph Berger
outlining the problem, and following is the abstract from a
think-piece by Bob Hatcher, published in the most recent
edition of TEPP.
Intern Gap Frustrates
Clinicians in Training Joseph Berger
Robert L. Hatcher City University of New York The
shortfall in internship positions available through the
Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers’
matching process has left doctoral students in professional
psychology in a painful bind: take an internship outside the
match, or fail to graduate. The quality of education suffers, as
does the quality of the profession as a whole. This crisis has
worsened as the years go by, and no effective remedy has been
found. A widely celebrated literature on the management of scarce
but renewable resources has developed over the past 25 years, and
it offers a path toward understanding and solving this problem.
This literature points to the need, and helps conceptualize the
methods, for the educational community in professional psychology
to take greater responsibility for the quality of the internship
in particular, and for the quality of our graduates’ education and
competence more generally.