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Doctoral Internship in Psychology

Sarah A. Reed Children's Center (SARCC) offers a 2,000-hour doctoral Internship program in Health Services Psychology that is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. The internship funds three full-time training positions beginning in early August and lasting 12 months.

Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program

Two interns are assigned to the Residential Treatment Program (PRTF). The interns assigned to this site receive specialized training with children ages 5-18 who have serious emotional and behavioral disorders and complex trauma. The interns receive supervised training in individual child psychotherapy, family counseling/therapy and consultation, case conceptualization, trauma-informed care (Sanctuary), multi-disciplinary clinical consultation, crisis intervention, and research. In addition, they receive training and supervision in assessment and consultation.

Outpatient Department of Behavioral Health

One intern is assigned to the Outpatient Behavioral Health Services department, which encompasses several programs. This intern receives specialized supervision in the provision of individual, family, and/or group therapy with children, adolescents, adults, and/or families, with efforts made to develop a caseload based on the intern’s training goals and areas of interest.  The intern also provides consultation to the Intensive Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) and the Community and School-Based Behavioral Health (CSBBH) Programs.  Additionally, the outpatient track has an increased focus on psychological assessment and diagnostic evaluation. Overall, the outpatient intern receives training in intake and diagnostic assessment, individual, family, and group psychotherapy, multi-disciplinary clinical consultation, psychological/neuropsychological testing, case conceptualization, trauma-informed care, supervision, and research.

Internship Training Manual

Our Doctoral Internship training manual includes information on:

  • internship philosophy and training model
  • how the internship supports intern skill development
  • how interns and the internship are assessed
  • activities interns will participate in during the internship year
  • policies and procedures related to the internship

Internship Admissions Requirements, Support, and Initial Placement

Intern selection is made in accordance with all policies and practices of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. The following required criteria are used to determine an applicant’s match with the program. Each applicant must be from an APA accredited doctoral program in either clinical, counseling, or school psychology.

Specific Requirements:

  • Combined 500 Hours of Intervention + Assessment
  • At least 100 Hours of Therapy/Counseling Experience at the doctoral level (may include individual, group or family)
  • At least 50 Hours of Child and Adolescent Therapy Experience
  • Completion of all academic requirements of the doctoral program by the beginning of the internship.

Finally, while not required, we prefer applicants to have the following:

  • Successfully proposed dissertation by internship start date
  • A minimum of 15 integrated reports with children and adolescents
  • Coursework and/or experience in family therapy
  • Experience in multidisciplinary consultation

Start Your Journey with Sarah Reed

Contact the director of doctoral internships for more information.

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