APPIC Activity Types
The APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI) states that it is your responsibility to choose which activity type best describes your experience. One of the most frequent questions we get is "Which activity type do I choose?" Since APPIC does not provide definitions for their activity types, we've put together some guidelines of our own.
Please let us know if you feel that any of the below information is inaccurate, or if there is anything else that we should include.
This document is provided as a tool to help you find the category of best fit for your hours. Keep in mind that these should be used as guidelines, not APPIC-sanctioned definitions. If in doubt, don't take our word for it – always consult with your DCT or supervisor as they may have specific ways that they prefer you to categorize your hours. Time2Track is not responsible for mis-categorization or misrepresentation of hours.
Intervention: Activities involving direct face-to-face contact with a client.
Career Counseling: Providing direction or guidance on career opportunities.
Client Consultation: Interview to assess the client, their needs, and goals for treatment.
Co-Therapy: Psychotherapy conducted with more than one therapist present.
College Prep / Guidance: Assisting students with college preparation activities.
Couples Therapy: Helping couples resolve conflicts and improve their relationship.
Crisis Intervention: Emergency psychological care assisting individuals in a crisis situation.
Family Therapy: Involves a whole family, or several family members, all meeting with a therapist together.
Group Counseling: Involves one or more therapists working with several people at the same time.
Individual Therapy: Working one-on-one with a client.
Intake Interview: The first appointment with a therapist, in which the therapist asks questions in order to understand the client’s situation and presenting problem.
Structured Interview: An interview with a client in which all questions are presented in the same order to ensure that answers can be reliably compared between individuals or groups.
Medical/Health Related: Medical or health related psychological interventions.
Milieu Therapy: Form of therapy in which patients are part of a therapeutic community.
Outcome Assessment of Programs or Projects: Assessing the outcome of any programs or projects.
Program Development / Outreach Programming: Create and offer programs or outreach activities designed for the education and prevention of psychological concerns.
School (Direct Intervention): A direct intervention in a school setting.
School (Other): Other activities in a school setting.
School Consultation: Interview to assess the client, their needs, and goals for treatment in a school setting.
Sport Psychology / Performance Enhancement: Therapy that helps athletes or other performers with performance enhancement.
Substance Abuse Intervention: Process involved in confronting an addict about the impact of his or her negative habit.
Supervision of Other Students: Supervising other students.
Systems Intervention / Organizational Consultation / Performance Improvement
Systems Intervention: Eliminate system limitations by prioritizing needs, specify outcomes, and design an intervention program.
Organizational Consultation / Performance Improvement: Consult with an organization in order to improve the performance and well-being of its employees.
Treatment Planning with Client: Planning a course of treatment with a client.
Assessment: Administering psychological tests or assessments.
Neuropsychological Assessment: An assessment of how a client’s brain structurally functions. Include intellectual assessment in this category only when it was administered in the context of neuropsychological assessment involving evaluation of multiple cognitive, sensory and motor functions.
Psychodiagnostic Test Administration: Using oral, written, or projective methods as a diagnostic procedure. Include symptom assessment, projectives, personality, objective measures, achievement, intelligence, and career assessment. Include symptom assessment, projectives, personality, objective measures, achievement, intelligence, and career assessment. Also includes providing feedback to clients/patients.
Support: Activities involving indirect, or non-face-to-face, contact with a client.
Assessment Report Writing: Writing reports on administered assessments.
Case Conferences: Bring together key parties in order to mutually agree upon goals and strategies to achieve them.
Case Management: A collaborative process of assessment, care planning, facilitation, and advocacy for options and services to meet an individual’s mental health needs.
Chart Review: Reviewing patient or client charts.
Clinical Writing / Progress Notes: Writing treatment progress notes, or other clinical writing.
Coordinate Community Resources: Assisting a client in locating and/or securing community resources.
Grand Rounds: Presenting the medical problems and treatment of a particular patient to an audience.
Observation: Observing other trained individuals perform therapeutic activities.
Phone Session: Psychotherapy conducted over the phone.
Professional Consultation: Consulting with another professional regarding a case or client.
Psychoeducational Group / Workshop: Group that focuses on educating clients about their disorders and ways of coping.
Psychological Assessment Scoring / Interpretation: Scoring and/or interpreting psychological assessments.
Seminars / Didactic Training: Any training involving seminars or lectures.
Video-Audio-Digital Recording Review: Reviewing video or audio recordings.