The Alaska Psychology Internship Consortium (AK–PIC)
AK-PIC will conduct on-site interviews only; no video-conferenced interviews will be conducted for the 2018-2019 cycle.
Current Interns, click here to download the AK-PIC Internship brochure: 2017-2018 Brochure
Click here to download the 2018-19 AK-PIC Internship brochure: 2018-19 Brochure
General Information: The Alaska Psychology Internship Consortium (AK-PIC) represents the collaborative effort of five Alaska agencies to share resources and faculty for the purpose of providing a diversified educational program for doctoral psychology interns. The consortium was designed to prepare interns to meet the unique challenges of practicing psychology in rural and remote settings and to ensure clinical competency in working with Alaska’s various cultural groups.
Accreditation: AK-PIC is accredited by the APA. Accreditation was awarded in June, 2012 and is effective for a period of 7 years. AK-PIC is a member of APPIC and participates in the National Internship Match.
Questions specifically related to the program’s accreditation
status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
All sites will offer three major training emphases:
Psychotherapy: Each consortium site provides opportunities for interns to work in inpatient and/or outpatient settings to provide individual, group, family and/or couples therapy to people from a diverse range of age groups (children, adolescents and adults), ethnic groups, and socioeconomic levels.
Psychological Assessment: Assessment experience is provided at each consortium site. Interns at every site will be expected to administer, interpret, and provide written synthesis of psychological test batteries. Assessments may include intellectual, achievement, personality, and competency-based measures. Interns will have opportunities to write reports and make recommendations that convey meaningful information to clients. While each site varies on the number and type of referrals, most interns will complete 5 or more batteries throughout the course of the year.
Addictions: All interns will have experience working with clients with drug and alcohol comorbidities. The clinical experiences within this major training emphasis will vary from site to site and may involve: outpatient treatment, inpatient treatment, brief screening/intervention, referral, assessment, consultation, psychoeducation, and/or work within a court setting.
Required Alaska Specific Experiential Activity (AK-SEA)
Every intern will complete an AK-SEA at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute in Anchorage in order to gain clinical exposure in both civil and forensic inpatient settings. Every intern will additionally participate in an AK-SEA with Norton Sound Health Corporation in one of its 15 outlying Native communities or with Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association and one of their Native communities. The purpose of this AK-SEA is to gain village-based experience with Alaska Native culture. Participation in this activity requires transportation in small aircraft (2-12 seats) and may also require transportation via all-terrain vehicles and small boats to very remote locations. At times, cellular services will not be available. All interns will complete an AK-SEA focused transcultural medicine at Providence Family Medicine Center/Alaska Family Medicine Residency in Anchorage. The purpose of this experience is to learn about the role of culture in medicine and its application focused on the diverse needs of Alaska’s population. AK-SEAs are intended as opportunities for exposure and shadowing and may or may not involve the opportunity for provision of clinical services.
All sites offer elective opportunities, which differ across sites. Please refer to the individual site descriptions for more information. Elective opportunities will be determined based upon supervisor approval, the resources available within each training site, and the specific interests and experience of the intern.
Required Intern Travel
All interns will be required to travel in order to complete the training requirements of the internship. In addition to travel for the required minor rotations listed above, interns will complete a group orientation together at the start of the internship and a Commencement Ceremony in Anchorage at the end of the training year. All expenses for required internship travel are covered by AK-PIC.
Topics for didactic seminars may include:
- Professional Ethics, AK Legal Issues, Practice Issues
- Suicide Assessment
- Alaska Indigenous People
- Cross Cultural Communication
- AK Mental Health System Issues/Laws
- Substance Abuse and Addictions
- Motivational Interviewing
- Personality Disorders
- Biopsychosocial Framework for Treatment
- Integrative Care
- Medical Diagnoses
- Pain Management
- Trauma and PTSD
- SPMI and Recovery
- Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse
- Dissociative Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Gender and Sexual Development
- Parent-Child Interactional Therapy
- Program Evaluation
- Grief and Loss
- Conflict Resolution/ Personnel Management
- Intern presentation of research
Life in Alaska
Alaska is a geographically beautiful and culturally-rich state. It is the largest state in the U.S and has more coastline than all of the other states combined.
The climate in Alaska varies greatly by region. The southeast panhandle is both the wettest and warmest part of Alaska with milder temperatures in the winter and high precipitation throughout the year. This is also the only region in Alaska in which the average daytime high temperature is above freezing during the winter months. The climate of Anchorage and south central Alaska is mild by Alaskan standards due to the region's proximity to the seacoast. While the area gets less rain than southeast Alaska, it gets more snow, and days tend to be clearer. Summers in this area tend to be brief and cool. The climate of Western Alaska is determined in large part by the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska. The temperature is somewhat moderate considering how far north the area is. The climate of the interior of Alaska is subarctic. Some of the highest and lowest temperatures in Alaska occur around the area near Fairbanks. The summers may have temperatures reaching into the 90s°F, while in the winter, the temperature can fall below −60 °F. The highest and lowest recorded temperatures in Alaska are both in the Interior.
Things to Do
The geography and culture of Alaska offers something for everyone. Amazing wildlife viewing and sightseeing opportunities are available year-round. The mountains, lakes, and coast offer hiking, kayaking, fishing, skiing, and more. Alaska’s unique Native culture can be experienced through many activities including totem carving, Native dancing, traditional music, crafts and festivals as well as cultural and historical museums, heritage centers and academics.