The Tennessee Internship Consortium in Psychology (TIC) was founded in 1994 with the goal of preparing future school psychologists for successful and rewarding careers. TIC consists of cooperating agencies that offer a broad range of field experiences for qualified doctoral students in school psychology. During their time at TIC, interns will work in school, clinical, and/or community settings and complete 2000 internship hours within a 12 to 24 month period. Interns will also take part in didactic seminars, supervision, staff meetings, and additional learning experiences. TIC follows all rules and regulations set by the Tennessee Department of Education, APPIC-member internship programs, and APA-accredited programs.
The philosophy of the Tennessee Internship Consortium in Psychology is based upon the "Data-Based Problem Solving Model" of implementing psychological strategies to improve learning and behavioral outcomes. The "Data-Based Problem Solving Model" is a variant of the more general scientist-practioner model.
The function of the Tennessee Internship Consortium in Psychology's is to provide a professional training experience in the specialty area of school psychology. This training experience is of the highest quality expected of an APA accredited program and is in full compliance with the rules and regulations set by the Tennessee Department of Education. The Consortium is dedicated to providing vital experiences to insure the interns' success in their chosen profession. Utilizing both school based and professional supervisors, the internship provides students with intensive supervision and comprehensive regular and special education program experiences with children across the age spectrum.
TIC is a joint venture between the University of Tennessee School Psychology Program; Little Tennessee Valley Educational Cooperative; the Korn Learning, Assessment, and Social Skills Center; Cherokee Health Systems; Lenoir City Schools; Sweetwater City Schools; and Anderson County Schools.
The University of Tennessee Educational Psychology and Counseling Department and the Little Tennessee Valley Educational Cooperative play central roles in administration, supervision, and training seminars. As a program affiliated with the University of Tennessee, TIC reserves one internship position for a qualified University of Tennessee School Psychology Program doctoral student who applies to the consortium through the APPIC match process.
The Tennessee Internship Consortium in Psychology is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, D. C. 20002-4242, phone: 202-336-5957, website: www.apa.org.
The Tennessee Internship Consortium in Psychology is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). TIC agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.
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At the Consortium, we know finding an internship that will help you achieve your specific training goals is an essential step in beginning your career as a professional school psychologist. To provide you with the information you need to make this import decision, we are happy to answer your questions and talk about what TIC has to offer.
Brian Wilhoit, Ph.D.
Brian Wilhoit, Ph.D. is a clinical professor in the University of Tennessee Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, training director of the Tennessee Internship Consortium in Psychology, and the director of the Korn Learning, Assessment, and Social Skills Center. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in School Psychology in 2000. Dr. Wilhoit is also a licensed psychologist in the state of Tennessee.
Prior to joining the university, Dr. Wilhoit was the director of School Psychology Services at Cherokee Health Systems where he provided direct services in both clinical and school settings.
Carolyn Blondin, Ph.D.
Carolyn Blondin is a licensed psychologist at the Korn Learning, Assessment, and Social Skills Center at the University of Tennessee. She obtained a B.A. in psychology at Elon University in North Carolina. After graduating, she worked two years as a psychological assistant in Gainesville, Florida. Starting in 2008, she attended the University of Tennessee’s School Psychology Ph.D. program. She received her doctorate in 2013, following a year-long internship with the Tennessee Internship Consortium in Psychology. At the KLASS Center, Dr. Blondin provides assessment, intervention, and consultative services to children and adults as well as training for pre-doctoral interns and graduate students. She also provides services as a school psychologist for a rural school district. Her research interests include early academic interventions at the college level and class-wide behavior management.
Internship group Supervisor
Ron Carlini, Ph.D.
Ron Carlini, Ph.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Tennessee Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling and the Group Supervisor for the Tennessee Internship Consortium in Psychology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in School Psychology in 1981. Dr. Carlini is a licensed psychologist in the state of Tennessee.
Dr. Carlini is also employed in the Knox County School District as a Special Education Facilitator.
Sweetwater City Schools
Nancy Crabtree, Ed.S.
Nancy Crabtree, Ed.S., is the Special Education Supervisor in the Sweetwater City School System. She is also a certified school psychologist who has worked in education for over 30 years. Ms. Crabtree earned her Ed.S. in School Psychology from The Citadel in 1990 and an Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in 1998. Following a brief period working as a special education teacher and contract school psychologist in Charleston, South Carolina, Ms. Crabtree was hired as a full time school psychologist in Summerville, South Carolina. In 1990, she moved to Knoxville and began working as a school psychologist for Knox County. For the last 14 years, Ms. Crabtree has worked for the Sweetwater City School System. The school system has used school psychology interns from TIC for six years. Ms. Crabtree serves as the school psychology intern site supervisor.
Lenoir city Schools
Laura Dunn, Ed.S.
Laura Dunn, Ed.S. is the Special Education Director for Lenoir City Schools and serves as the school psychology intern site supervisor. She earned her Ed.S. in Instructional Leadership at Tennessee Technological University in 2001. Prior to her current position, Ms. Dunn was a special education teacher for Lenoir City Schools for 17 years.
Cherokee Health Systems
Kristin Mahoney, Ph.D.
Kris Mahoney, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist who graduated from Indiana University in 1999 with a Ph.D. in School Psychology and an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. Dr. Mahoney has been a Psychologist with Cherokee Health Systems for 19 years. She works both in clinic settings conducting behavioral therapy with children and in preschool classrooms as a Mental Health Consultant for Head Start programs. Dr. Mahoney is certified as a Parent Child Interaction Therapist. She trains TIC doctoral interns in Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation.
ANDERSON COUNTY SCHOOLS
Kim Towe, M.S.
Kim Towe, M.S., is the Director of Special Education for Anderson County Schools. She attended The University of Tennessee where she earned her Bachelors in Special Education. She also earned her Masters of Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial.
Prior to going to Anderson County she worked for Knox County Schools for 30 years, with 17 of those in a Special Education and 13 in Administration.