The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest psychological association in the United States. It is also the national accrediting authority for training and education in psychology. It accredits doctoral graduate programs, intern programs and postdoctoral residency programs. Three universities in Alabama are accredited by the APA. Additionally, three facilities offer internship programs that are accredited by the APA.
1. Auburn University
Auburn University was established in 1856 and today, is one of the largest universities in the South, with roughly 20,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students. Students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree that’s accredited by the APA can earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology or a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology. This program follows a scientist-practitioner model that allows students to explore the science of counseling and gain experience as a practitioner who is equipped to meet an individual’s mental health needs. Although the program doesn’t have any formal specializations, students can informally pursue a track that emphasizes the scientist or practitioner aspect of training that appeals to them most. Students may also participate in the Association of Counseling Psychology Students as well as offerings through the College of Liberal Arts. Course cover social psychology, cognitive behavior therapy, experimental design in psychology and ethical issues. To complete the degree, students must participate in an internship and pass the general Doctoral Examination, which includes both a written paper and oral defense of their thesis. PhD Candidates must also complete an internship in counseling or clinical psychology. Although the university doesn’t offer any specialization options, students are able to take additional courses in any area that interests them in order to focus their studies.
For more about Auburn University’s APA Accredited Program, go here.
2. University of Alabama at Birmingham
The University of Alabama at Birmingham began as an extension school. In less than forty years, it’s become an academic medical center and a doctoral research university. The university offers an APA-accredited Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology as well as an accredited internship program available through the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology. Students interested in pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology can select from a specialization in behavioral neuroscience, lifespan development psychology or medical clinical psychology. The medical clinical psychology specialization is approved by the APA. Through the degree program, students have the opportunity to conduct research, teach and provide psychological services. The hospital has a Center for Psychiatric Medicine, where students can acquire real-world experience working with patients and applying their skills as practitioners. Students must also complete a written paper and oral defense in order to complete the degree process.
For more about the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s APA Accredited Program, go here.
3. University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa
The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa is the state’s flagship university. It’s student-centered and emphasizes research. Founded in 1831, it was the first public college in the state. Students who are interested in pursuing APA-accredited psychology programs can earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology. The program has been accredited since 1959. The clinical psychology degree program prepares graduate for the research and the practitioner aspects of clinical psychology. Students can select from four specializations: psychology and law, clinical child, clinical health and clinical geropsychology. Through the course of their studies, learners have the opportunity to participate in the university’s psychology clinic and community training facilities. Together, these allow students to meet the required hours of supervised psychology work to become licensed psychologists. Students begin their clinical coursework their first year and complete research and practicums in subsequent years to attain their goal of completing their PhD.
For more about the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa’s APA Accredited Program, go here.
4. Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System
Located in Montgomery, Alabama, the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System also offers an APA-accredited internship. Eleven full-time psychologists are accepted into the internship program every year. Any individuals who’ve completed an APA-accredited doctoral degree program are eligible. Students complete pre-doctoral training that allows them to acquire experience in several specialized settings. Psychology rotations are available in post traumatic stress disorder, primary care, neuropsychological testing, sexual trauma therapy, outpatient mental health clinic, rehabilitation psychology and Veteran’s industries. The Psychology Service also provides practicum training to students at Auburn University who are earning their doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.
For more about Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System’s APA Accredited Program, go here.
5. Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center offers an internship program that’s accredited by the APA. Located only a short distance from the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, it has a has a Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Program that allows veterans to receive rehabilitation and treatment. The center is also affiliated with the University of Alabama Birmingham, allowing students from both universities are able to complete the required internships.
For more about Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center’s APA Accredited Program, go here.