The American Psychological Association once again fails the country

The internship imbalance continues

Two days after the NY Times published the article ‘Nobody Has Openings’: Mental Health Providers Struggle to Meet Demand this year’s APPIC internship match took place and there were 624 more prospective interns than there were APA-accredited internship positions available for them. There also weren’t enough slots in general regardless of whether they were APA-accredited or not. APA has been pushing hard to make it hard on any psychologist who didn’t have an APA-accredited internship, however it continues to be an expensive, lengthy and time-consuming process for organizations to host an intern– someone who they likely may not actually be able to get a lot of reimbursement for and may end up losing money on in relation to their training requirements (and then the intern will probably only be there for one year total before leaving the organization altogether). When you look at the results of this year’s internship match is there no wonder why the country continues to be in dire need of psychologists? While there were some improvements in recent years, it is clear that many issues at the heart of the internship imbalance have not been fixed, and APA continues to fail the country as we fail to meet the country’s need for psychologists.