The National Psychology Training Consortium (NPTC)…
a doctoral psychology internship, is a collaborative consortium consisting of psychological service centers throughout the United States focused on provision of services with rural and underserved patients. NPTC was founded in 2003 through a collaboration of The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute and Royal Oaks Hospital to create new internship positions in underserved areas. Since 2003 NPTC has trained and prepared over 200 interns and residents – all in a rural or underserved context.
NPTC is an innovative internship program that provides psychology interns the opportunity to take substantial responsibility for fulfilling major professional and psychological functions in the context of appropriate supervisory support and professional role modeling.
NPTC also partners with various organizations including academic programs, community agencies, private hospitals, and independent practitioners to provide a sequential, cumulative, and graded training environment. The objective of the internship is to prepare entry-level practitioners to function effectively in a variety of mental health settings and to provide services to a variety of populations in rural health care.
The Central Region of NPTC – consisting of sites in Missouri and Arkansas was founded in 2003. The Great Lakes Region of NPTC – consisting of sites in Indiana, was founded in 2013 based on the model of the original Central Region. The Cascades Region of NPTC – consisting of sites in Washington, was founded in 2017 and consists of primary care sites. The Central Region is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the America Psychological Association for seven years (as of 2013) and the Great Lakes Region has been granted full accreditation for an additional three years (as of 2017) with a site visit review in 2020. The Cascades Region has been accredited on contingency by the Commission on Accreditation of the APA since April 15th, 2018. This program is required to provide outcome data to the Commission by January 2020 and upon receipt of those data, the Commission will review the data to determine if it is sufficient to grant full accreditation status.
More information regarding our accreditation status is available here.