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The brief history of APPIC provides an historical perspective on the development of APPIC and how it emerged as a need for psychology training and educational programs to provide quality training experiences in health service psychology.

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The Association of Psychology Postdoctoral & Internship Centers (APPIC) provides a directory of psychology internships and postdoctoral programs in the United States and Canada. The history of APPIC recognizes leaders in psychology education and training and provides a brief history of the development of health service psychology internships and postdoctoral training programs.


The history of APPIC acknowledges the many stages of the development of quality health service psychology training positions. Most doctoral trained psychologists have completed an internship and/or postdoctoral training program that was a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral & Internship Centers (APPIC). It is interesting to read about the major changes that have evolved in response to the need for mental health providers in the United States and Canada.

Jeff Baker
Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers

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This page is a summary of: A brief history of the association of psychology postdoctoral and internship centers: Trends and directions for the education and training of health service psychologists., Training and Education in Professional Psychology, December 2021, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/tep0000401.
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