Arizona Psychology Training Consortium

Consortium Overview

The Arizona Psychology Training Consortium (AZPTC) is a 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) non-profit subsidiary corporation of the Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA). The Consortium was created by the Arizona Psychological Association to develop training opportunities in the stateBeing a consortium, our faculty is drawn from the psychological community in the state of Arizona. Thus, the Consortium utilizes the resources of academic departments, community agencies, and independent practitioners in providing organized and sequential training for residents. Our training sites reflect the breadth of client populations and intervention modalities available in the state of Arizona.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium is to create high quality postdoctoral residency training sites throughout the state of Arizona.



Goals of the Residency Training Program

  1. Provide high quality postdoctoral residency training opportunities in urban and rural locations throughout Arizona.

  2. Train residents in assessment, psychotherapy, consultation, ethics, and culturally responsive clinical services.

  3. Prepare residents for independent practice in psychology.

Training Model

The Arizona Psychology Training Consortium provides opportunities for full-time and part-time postdoctoral residencies.  Residents spend at their primary training site. Through our training model, we aim to provide residents with exposure to different sites, settings, and professional roles within applied psychology. The postdoctoral residency is developed to provide greater specialization and increased professional responsibilities preparing the resident for independent practice. There is a two-year residency program in neuropsychology.

The practitioner training model emphasizes culturally responsive clinical practice, assessment, psychotherapy, and independent practice. In addition, residents receive Consortium training in ethics, research, and consultation. For two full days each month residents are required to meet for didactic and experiential training. Trainers and supervisors provide exposure to a broad range of theoretical orientations and intervention strategies.

The Resident Training Agreement on the website describe the expectations, roles, and learning opportunities within the Consortium training program. The Affiliation Agreement outlines the relationship between the training sites and the Consortium

Residency Training Sites

Each of the postdoctoral residency sites and residency positions is described in the Arizona Consortium Postdoctoral Residency Program document on the AzPA website at The residency sites have their own websites that describe their unique training opportunities in greater depth.


The minimum stipend is $30,000 per year for full-time postdoctoral residents. Different training sites offer differing stipends and benefits, and they are described in the Arizona Consortium Postdoctoral Residency Program document. The Consortium does not accept training sites that offer unfunded training positions. The cost of living in Arizona is roughly equal with most other parts of the country

Training Facilities

As a subsidiary corporation of the Arizona Psychological Association, the Consortium holds meetings and many training events at the AzPA association management office in Chandler, Arizona. Training events are often held at the training sites across the state. The KCA association management company provides administrative and technical support to the Consortium.


Extensive driving is required to attend the training events held at training sites across the state. Residents will be driving to Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, and other locations. Overnight lodging at the resident’s expense is occasionally required.

Performance Evaluation

Residents are evaluated at midyear and end-of-the-year by their supervisors. If a resident has concerns about his or her evaluation, then there are due process procedures described on the AzPA website to resolve grievances.

APPIC Membership

The AZPTC is a postdoctoral residency member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). The residency program is not APA-accredited. A primary goal of AZPTC is to assist trainees in becoming licensed psychologists. It is important to ascertain whether the Consortium residency program meets the requirements for licensure in your state.

All postdoctoral residency training sites are committed to policies of non-discrimination in selection and hiring on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, physical disability, or other forms of diversity. The Consortium training program avoids any actions that would restrict program access on grounds that are irrelevant to success in graduate training. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Licensure Requirements in Arizona

In September 2009, the State of Arizona implemented legislation that allows for multiple ways for applicants to fulfill the requirements for licensure. Arizona does not require a postdoctoral residency for licensure in this state. All applicants for licensure must complete an internship of at least 1,500 supervised hours. The remaining 1,500 supervised hours may be obtained through either pre-internship supervised experience, (obtained through practica or externships) or postdoctoral residency. The complete requirements for licensure in Arizona are described in the Statutes and Rules section of the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners website. The website of the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners is The safest course of action for interstate mobility is to complete a postdoctoral residency.

Further Information

For additional information about the postdoctoral residency program, please contact Dr. John Stapert at

Revised 9/5/17