Update on the internship crisis: Advocacy, policy and accountability
Since there have been some significant updates related to the internship crisis, I once again focused my gradPSYCH Chair's Corner on the issue. Here's an excerpt:
APAGS partnered with the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) and the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) in a successful effort to restore funding for New York psychology interns. On Sept. 28, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) fired 3,000 temporary and contract workers in state psychiatric facilities due to a labor dispute. This included 22 psychology interns who would have been forced to leave their positions and reapply for internships for the following academic year. APA and APPIC spoke with Cuomo's staff and explained the contractual agreement among internship sites, students and their doctoral programs, the financial hardship and stress of reapplying for another internship, and the importance of psychology interns to public health. APAGS rallied New York graduate students to deluge the governor's office with letters and phone calls. As a result of our combined efforts, Cuomo reversed his decision and restored full funding for the psychology interns. I'm proud of the difference we made for these students and the people they serve, many of whom wouldn't be able to afford mental health care otherwise.
Read more about the progress we have made on the internship crisis by reading the full article.