Central California Psychology Internship Consortium (CCPIC)

Central California Psychology Internship Consortium has five agencies that provide internships with stipends:  

Valley State Prison for Women - $38,000 Stipend

Porterville Developmental Center - $36,000 Stipend 

State Center Community College District - $20,000 Stipend

Synchrony of Visalia, Inc. - $18,000 Stipend

W. Gary Cannon Psychological Service Center-PSC - $18,000 Stipend

ACCREDITATION STATUS

CCPIC is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.  For more information on the accreditation process, please visit APA’s website:

http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/about/accreditation-process.aspx

APA’s contact information is:
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Commission on Accreditation: 202-336-5979
www.apa.org

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS

INTERNSHIP DETAILS: 

VALLEY STATE PRISON FOR WOMEN

The stipend for the internship program is $38,000. Health insurance, vacation, and sick time are also provided.

California Department of Correction (CDC) is the number one provider of Mental Health Services in the State of California. Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW) operated by the CDC, was activated in May 1995. Tied for the title of the "world's largest women's prison", VSPW is located in the geographical center of California. Besides its size, VSPW is also the newest female prison in the state. Psychology Department programs occupy much of the modern medical infirmary complex as well as other office space throughout the prison. The Psychology Department consists of a dozen psychologists working as a part of the total mental health program with more than forty staff members. The Chief of Mental Health Services at VSPW is a clinical psychologist.

VSPW house the only Segregate Housing Unit (SHU) programs in the state as well as all the felons whom are expectant mothers in Northern California. Valley State Prison had a large population of inmates with serious mental disorders. There is also a large concentration of life prisoners doing their time here; most of who require forensic evaluations for the Board of Prison Terms.

Newly arriving inmates are all psychologically screened for Axis I mental disorders and for Developmental disabilities. Psychology staff then assesses those with positive scores. Cognitive neuropsychological testing opportunities abound. Projective and other personality tests are also performed.

Prisoners who are diagnosed are then assigned to one of several mental health programs. Most treatment is provided in the general population, which is a rich laboratory to develop individual and group therapy skills. Interns will begin as co-therapists in group settings. some therapy modalities are similar to those used in community mental health settings. Other treatments are tailored for offenders with co-morbid Axis II disorders.

The female SHU is a unique setting with its own unique psychological press. Women housed there have the worst behavior in California, by definition. we have severely mentally and developmentally disabled inmates in several mental health programs in this building. These clients require both a high level of care and super maximum security.

Besides the Life Prisoners, other inmates require forensic evaluations pursuant to various laws. For example, child abuse perpetrators require reports before release. Other inmates are committed provisionally for 90 days to state prison and return to the judge with a psychological report. Mental hospital transfers also require forensic reports, according to the penal code.

Internship training takes place within a developmental model with a goal of producing generalist psychology practitioners who have demonstrated the capability to function autonomously and responsibly. Through exposure, mentoring, and supervised practice, interns increase knowledge and proficiency in the application of psychological principles to psycholegal issues, in the generalization of core clinical skills to persons with severe and persistent mental illness, and in the practice of psychology in a multidisciplinary, forensic, inpatient setting.

The internship is designed to encourage each pre-doctoral candidate to build a professional identity that capitalizes on his or her capabilities, interest and style. Interns will take part in the diverse diagnostic and therapeutic challenges with incarcerated female offenders. They are encouraged to test skills and reappraise theoretical constricts in a supervised training environment and to evolve their own identity as a vital member of the interdisciplinary Mental Health Service Delivery System (MHSDS) team. The MHSDS seeks to optimize the functioning of seriously mentally disordered inmates.

Diversity of training is promoted through participation in a variety of therapy and assessment experiences in different treatment units. Interns are expected to participate in all levels of the MHSDS, including, The Reception Center Program, Correctional Clinical Case Management, System and Administrative Segregation and Security Housing Unit, and the Enhanced Outpatient Program.

STAFF:

Sandy Schulte-Day, Ed.D. - Site director

   Individual and group psychotherapy, psychotherapy supervision

Lori Williams, Ph.D.. - Clinical Supervisor

   Individual and group psychotherapy, psychotherapy supervision

Sharon Snow, Psy.D. – Clinical Supervisor

   Cognitive Behavioral

Claudia Corgiat, Ph.D. - Clinical Supervisor

   Psychotherapy

Sheri Rossi, Ph.D. - Psychologist

   Cognitive Behavioral

PORTERVILLE DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER

2 Full Time Positions Available

The stipend for the internship program is $36,000.

Porterville Developmental Center (PDC) is located in the southern San Joaquin Valley next to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, 50 miles north of Bakersfield and 75 miles southeast of Fresno.

Porterville Developmental Center is operated by the California Department of Developmental Services to provide a wide range of treatment and rehabilitation services to over 800 developmentally disabled clients. Porterville Development Center includes a nursing facility program, adult intermediate care programs, and forensic services.  Forensic clients include adults and adolescents, most of whom are civil court commitments, for law violations determined to be not suitable for the youth or adult correctional system. Many have major mental disorder diagnoses. 

Administrative organization at PDC is of two types: medical and registered nurses are centralized staff along with teachers and rehabilitation therapists. Residence nursing staff in several psychiatric technician classes, social workers, psychologists, and recreation therapists are assigned to the respective programs.

The medical staff currently numbers 15 including 2 psychiatrists, 1 neurologist, 1 ophthalmologist, and several pediatricians. The psychology staff presently numbers 17 (11 licensed).

Degree of supervision may vary depending on previous clinical experiences. To give the intern an opportunity to obtain a broad range of experiences differing techniques and concepts, clinical supervisors with established competencies in particular specialties are provided. Each intern will have a primary supervisor to serve as a mentor through their learning process.

TRAINING PROGRAM

Intensive immersion in the inpatient unit setting (35-44 clients per unit) within secure treatment perimeter is Porterville Developmental Center's internship stock in trade. As an intern, you will provide, at the level appropriate for your stage in your training course to becoming a psychologist, psychological services to the population on that unit. This will include assessment and evaluation, report preparation, interdisaplimary treatment team functions, and group and individual psychotherapy, With this context, a six-part training strategy has been devised:

1. To provide training and experience in the selection and application of treatment modalities and intervention methods;

2. To provide residential facility based experiences covering a wide variety of developmental, mental health, and psychosocial problems;

3. To develop and sharpen psychological assessment skills with special attention given to neuropsychological and forensic problems, preparation of reports to assess clients charged with crimes, and meeting the needs of courts and counsel;

4. To familiarize the intern through active participation with the operation, activity, organization, and function of the interdisciplinary treatment team;

5. To provide opportunities to develop research skills and to conduct research that has clinical relevance, including completing personal dissertation as needed.

6. To provide experiences in program development and administration involving working with management and quality assurance services.

THE INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE

Interns are employed at the facility Monday through Thursday. Since the internship is considered to be a full time experience, you can expect to work 40 hours a week. The particular schedule of these hours is worked out between each intern and his/her supervisor. Two days, Wednesday and Friday include didactic and group supervision components, so that all interns should plan on being on duty those days.

One half day a week is devoted to a seminar program consisting of regular meetings on research design and research evaluation, psychological assessment, psychotherapy, behavior therapy, neuropsychology and ethical and professional issues. Videotape equipment is available for a variety of uses.  This is in addition to Friday sessions in Fresno for their didactic training.

STAFF:

Gary Miller, Ph.D. - Training Director

   Forensic psychology

Meri Coleman, Ph.D. – Training Committee Supervisor

   Forensic psychology

Meri Coleman, Ph.D. – Training Committee Supervisor

   Forensic psychology

Diana Vang, Ph.D. – Training Committee Supervisor

   Forensic psychology

Ed Cerny, Ph.D. – Training Committee Supervisor

   Forensic psychology

H. Travis Boreen, Ph.D. – Training Committee Supervisor

   Forensic psychology

Lananh Nguyen, Ph.D. – Training Committee Supervisor

   Forensic psychology   

STATE CENTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

4 Full Time Positions Available

The stipend for the internship program is $20,000.

The Psychological Internship Training Program at Fresno City College and Reedley College offers 4 full-time, 1 year, pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology with a broad range of experiences. Interns are placed at the Psychological Service Centers at both campuses. Fresno City College offers experience with an inner city population, and the Reedley College Campus offers experience with a rural community population. Interns spend 25 to 30 hours per week at one campus site and 8 hours per week at the second site, depending on the intern's major or minor focus.

The purpose of the Psychological Service Program is to meet the health needs of members of the college community. The populations served range in age from 18 to 65 with the mean age of 28. The interns work in conjunction with counseling and health services. The psychological services offer assistance to students and staff in a number of areas including: personal growth, crisis assistance, problems in living, relationship and family issues, A wide range of pathological problems are addressed with students from varied socio-economic backgrounds; the majority being ethnic minorities from low SES addressing cultural identity and stress related issues.

The psychological services of a community college campus are necessarily diverse. It is essential to provide mental health services of both a preventive nature, as well as direct services for individual students when needed. The need for diversity in psychological services has led to the development of the two distinct components of the program: (1) Preventive Services, and (2) Direct Services.

1. Preventive Service Component: Preventive services consists of four areas: (1) consultation, (2) dispersion of information, (3) guest lecturers, and (4) referral network assistance. The in-service training for the prevention service component will focus on each of the four areas:

A. Consultation: An ongoing problem-solving interaction which utilizes psychological principles and knowledge to enable faculty, administration and other staff to more effectively meet the needs of the college community. Interns participate in consultation in two areas: (1) Student-centered, consultation where a faculty or staff member has a work-related problem with a particular student, and,

(2) Program-centered consultation provides input in the areas of instruction, administration, and counseling.

B. Dispersion of Information: Interns participate in the research and dissemination of information concerning psychological principles to heighten awareness of faculty and administration.

C. Guest Lecturer: Interns participate in providing in-service training by utilizing classroom settings for lectures, lead discussions, and conduct workshops for students, faculty, and the Psychological Service Program staff to promote understanding of mental health issues important to the college community.

D. Referral Network Assistance: Interns function as referral agents by establishing a liaison relationship with several off-campus resources and agency providers assisting the college community when indicated.

II. Direct Services Component: The in-service training for the Direct Services component consists of five major areas and interns are expected to have experience in these areas: a) Psychotherapy, (b) Group Therapy, c) Crisis Intervention, and d) Psychological Assessment. Although services are provided to predominantly adult populations, interns can have many family problem cases that are paramount, which result in interns providing psychotherapy with adults, adolescents, children and parents.

A. Psychotherapy

Long-Term Psychotherapy: The staff and interns provide long-term psychotherapy for clients who will benefit from this treatment modality. Psychotherapy is utilized for the treatment of neuroses, psychoses, personality disorders, relationship difficulties and for victims of violence and abuse. Implicit in this approach is a concrete analysis of the range of individual orientations used including Psychoanalytic, Cognitive/Behavioral, Person-Centered, Reality, Gestalt and Social Learning perspectives of therapy. Individually tailored treatment plans are initiated for each client.

B. Brief and Individual Therapy:

Brief therapy is a relatively short-term intervention that is applicable to individual counseling, family therapy, crisis intervention, institutional management and organizational development. Interns and staff utilize a wide range of orientations with clients in order to achieve effective and desired goals. The brief therapy model delineates (1) six to eight sessions of supportive therapy throughout the crisis; (2) an extension of services under emergency conditions, or when a referral is pending; or (3) referral to other agencies for clients requiring further treatment not offered at the Psychological Service Center (i.e., inpatient drug treatment services, etc.)

C. Group Therapy:

A variety of group therapy sessions are offered. Group sessions are conducted by interns to promote personal growth in areas such as Stress Management, Behavior Modification for Addictions, Interpersonal Relationships, and Self-Esteem. In conjunction with Counseling Services, interns serve as resource persons for group counseling in areas such as Career, Learning Assistance and Personal Issue Groups.

D. Crisis Intervention:

A coordinated team approach is utilized to effectively deal with on-campus crisis situations. Interns participate as members of the Crisis Intervention Team, which includes psychologists, trained counselors, district police, and nursing services. The intern assists the team by providing extensive 24-hour on-call crisis coverage to the campus community.

E. Psychological Assessment:

Psychological Services is responsible for overseeing testing and assessment for the State Center Community College District. This responsibility is shared by the interns, the Disabled Students Program staff, the Counseling Program staff, and Psychological Services. Testing and assessment involves preventive and direct service programs. Preventive programs focus on testing associated with personal growth, self-understanding and learning disability. Direct services are related to the identification of psychopathology and involve psychological assessment in order to obtain mental status, make differential diagnosis, develop a treatment plan, and answer referral questions or make appropriate referrals as needed. Tests currently employed are the MMPI-2, MCMI-II, TAT, Rorschach, Bender-Gestalt and WAIS-III.

Cases are often referred for psychological assessment to obtain a formal evaluation of the client's mental status. Interns are exposed to the various instruments and techniques for testing and/or measuring characteristics, (e.g., projective tests, achievement tests, diagnostics, personality inventories and tests of intellectual and mental ability). Once interns have organized and evaluated collected information, they will obtain additional information, and then formulate a working hypothesis for treatment and therapy.

STAFF:

Brian Olowude, Ph.D., - Director

   Cross Cultural, Brief Therapy, Forensic

Gareth Houghton, Ph.D. - Psychologist I

Chronic and acute pain management in outpatient settings, dynamic orientation, clinical hypnosis, mood and anxiety disorders. 

SYNCHRONY OF VISALIA, INC

The stipend for the internship program is $18,000.

Synchrony of Visalia, Inc. (Synchrony) is located in California ’s southern San Joaquin Valley in the city of Visalia which is 47 miles south of Fresno and 65 miles north of Bakersfield .

Synchrony is a not for profit agency founded in 1995 with a focus on women’s and family issues.  Since its founding, Synchrony has grown in its scope of practice to provide a wide range of services to valley residents. In keeping with its Mission “Healthy Families: Healthy Communities,” Synchrony provides individual, couples and group therapy to men, women and children.  In addition, intellectual, achievement and personality (subjective and objective) assessments, along with a level of neurological and developmental assessment of children adolescents and adults are provided.  Other treatment and rehabilitation programs include neurotherapy and biofeedback.  Through its other programs: Parents Helping Parents, the FREE Collaborative, Children’s Trust Fund, the Inmate-Outmate Program, Clinical Scholars and the Reactive Attachment Disorder Program (focusing on children ages 0 –5 years old), Synchrony is able to provide psychoeducational services to valley residents and to other professionals.

Professional staff is composed of two licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and two licensed clinical Psychologists comprising over 40 years of combined experience. While supervision will vary according to previous clinical experiences Interns can expect that experienced practitioners will be available at all times.

TRAINING PROGRAM  

Every effort will be made to tailor training to the specific needs and experience of the individual intern. As part of its commitment exposure to other aspects of the Synchrony program, aside from its clinical components, is available as well training in more advanced techniques (i.e., neurofeedback, Auditory, Visual Entrainment,) and interventions. There are four strategies guiding the intern experience:

  1. To provide training and experience in the selection and application of treatment modalities and intervention methods;
  2. To provide community based experiences covering a wide variety of developmental, mental health and psychosocial problems;
  3. To hone psychological assessment skills with particular attention given to pediatric and neuropsychological problems and the preparation of reports;
  4. To familiarize the Intern, through active participation, with the operation organization and administration of a person centered work environment.

THE INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE

While there are no specific rotations the intern is encouraged to work closely with each licensed staff member to gain experience in their discreet functions as a practitioner and administratively.  Four hours a week is devoted to administrative and clinical meetings where issues of assessment treatment planning treatment efficacy ethical and other professional issues are discussed this is in addition to the Friday didactic training in Fresno and time devoted to individual supervision.

STAFF:

Edwyn W. Ortiz-Nance , PsyD. - Training Director

Brock Fowler, Ph.D. - Supervisor 

GARY S. CANNON PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICE CENTER -PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICE CENTER

4 Full Time Positions Available

The stipend for the internship program is $17,000.

The Psychological Service Center (PSC) is a training facility that offers a spectrum psychological services to our community.  Doctoral-level graduate students and psychological interns, under licensed supervision, provide all the clinical therapies.  Community members can receive individual, family, marital and group psychotherapy; consultation; psychological testing and assessment via several core programs including the Integrative-General Clinical Program, the Brief Therapies Program, the Depth Psychotherapy Program, Child and Family Program, the Sex Offender Treatment Program, and the Domestic Violence Treatment Program. In addition to providing these services, trainees participate in didactics, program development, and program evaluation to support the development and refinement of professional practice competencies.  

Interns at the PSC will be involved in two specific intervention rotations, each of which will meet on a weekly basis for two hours of group supervision.  Each intern will be involved in a minimum of two rotations.  Each rotation will also include one hour per week of individual supervision, for a total of two hours of individual supervision per week.  One of the two specific rotations will also include supervision concerning psychological assessment.  Moreover, interns participate in a weekly grand rounds-format Case Conceptualization Seminar where difficult cases are explored from various treatment orientations.  Interns take turns presenting and facilitating group discussion about these complicated cases, with a licensed psychologist supervising the seminar.  It is the goal of the internship that, interns will be facile in their ability to conceptualize even the most complicated cases from three different orientations by the end of the internship program.

Overall, the internship at the Psychological Service Center provides the intern with a well-rounded learning experience designed to enhance and augment didactic information and learning in a practical manner.  It is an intensive experience working with a wide-range of pathology from a multitude of orientations and perspectives.  The clientele at the PSC is multi-cultural and quite diverse, as the Central San Joaquin Valley is a rich agricultural region with a wealth of ethnicities and languages.  This provides a rich learning experience for the intern, as both intervention and assessment techniques are developed to adapt to the cultural diversity of the region.

STAFF:

Diana M. Concannon, PsyD, PCI - Interim Director 

Julie Olsen, Psy.D. - Primary Intern Supervisor

Greg Cherney, Ph.D. - Primary Intern Supervisor                                                                               

   Psychodynamic/Depth Psychology Intervention               

Jill Hobel, Psy.D. - Sex Offender Treatment Program Intervention

Lynette Bassman, Ph.D. - Primary Intern Supervisor                                                                       

   Health Psychology Intervention               

Richelle Barb, Psy.D.- BIP and Assessment Supervisor 

   Assessment Rotation                                                    

Thomas Shaffer, Ph.D.- Clinical & Forensic Assessment                                                                 

   Clinical Psychologist

Mark Barnes, Ph.D. - Intervention Clinical Psychologist                                                                  

   Ecosystem Child and Family Program