The Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services predoctoral internship program at West Virginia University has received a prestigious, seven-year reaccreditation from the American Psychological Association.

The center �€with programs and services designed to contribute to WVU students’emotional well-being and success in school �€has one of only three such accredited programs for psychology training in the state. The other two are in the WVU departments of behavioral medicine and psychiatry in Morgantown and Charleston .

�€?This is the longest accreditation period the APA grants, which speaks to the commitment of the Carruth Center staff and University administration to maintain the best quality education and training in psychology,�€? said Dr. Lynda Birckhead Danley, internship program training director.

Reaccreditation was based on a review of a comprehensive self-study report and a two-day site visit by an APA accreditation team in November.

�€?The makeup of the staff appears to provide the best of both worlds,�€? wrote Drs. Irvin W. Brandel and D. Kim Fuller in their report. �€?There are experienced senior staff who have been at the center for a long time and have deep roots in traditional counseling and clinical psychology, while at the same time, there are young, vibrant staff with contemporary training and ideas.�€?

Brandel and Fuller also commended the WVU training program for its �€?extremely impressive record�€? of graduates securing professional positions after the internship.

Danley noted Carruth Center interns have gone on to successful careers as psychologists at the University of Florida , Gainesville ; Florida Atlantic University Counseling Services; Bureau of Prisons in New York ; and private practices in Washington D.C. and other major cities.

In its summary, the accreditation team concluded, �€?This program is, in almost all respects, state of the art.�€?

The Carruth Center’s 12-month, 2,000-hour program provides training to students from counseling and clinical psychology. Interns gain invaluable experience in individual psychotherapy and counseling, crisis intervention, learning disabilities and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder assessment, providing clinical supervision, consultation and outreach, and career and couples counseling.

Specialization opportunities include hypnosis, training program administration, trauma treatment, and psychoeducational or therapy groups.

The Carruth Center predoctoral internship training program is one of 472 nationwide accredited by the APA . Its next review will be in 2012.

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