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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 30, 2004

University Counseling Service Internship Again Receives Accreditation

A long-time counseling internship offered by the University of Iowa's University Counseling Service has again received national accreditation, making it one of the oldest internships in a university counseling center to earn such a stamp of approval.

The American Psychological Association recently granted a seven-year accreditation to the Counseling Service's Professional Psychology Internship for doctoral students. The internship has been accredited continuously every year since it was developed in 1978. Sam Cochran, director of the University Counseling Service, said UI was one of only a handful of universities to offer such an internship at the time. Today, there are 86.

"This program is very visible and well known in the profession, and we have a solid track record of training excellent counselors," said Cochran. "We're proud of the results, and we're proud of our continuing accreditation."

The one-year internship is the final step that psychology doctoral students must complete before receiving their degrees and becoming licensed. The UI program hires three interns every August from universities across the country who provide such traditional staff duties as therapy, counseling, outreach and education. In addition, the counseling service's professional staff provides the interns with additional educational opportunities of their own.

The internship is overseen by Julie Corkery, the counseling service's director of training.

The University Counseling Service is the primary mental health agency for students at UI. It provides short-term individual, group, and couples counseling to students, and also provides consultation, psychoeducational programs and training.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.