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Central California Psychology Internship Consortium (CCPIC)

The Central California Psychology Internship Consortium is an APA-accredited training program dedicated to offering psychology internships that support future professionals to acquire broad-based clinical skills and competencies that are evidenced-informed/evidenced-based, ethically-sound, and culturally-sensitive. Through our partner agencies -- Department of State Hospitals-Coalinga (DHS-C), Porterville Developmental Center (PDC); San Quentin State Prison (SQSP); State Center Community College District, Fresno (SCCCD); Sutter Center for Psychiatry (Sutter); Valley State Prison (VSP); and the W. Gary Cannon Psychological Service Center (PSC) -- CCPIC provides clinical training that focuses upon professionalism; reflective practice and self-care; scientific knowledge and methods; relationships; individual and cultural diversity; ethical and legal standards; interdisciplinary systems; assessment; intervention; consultation; research and evaluation; supervision; and advocacy. Via the supervised provision of individual, group and assessment services, and through collaboration with other professionals, colleagues and disciplines, interns further their knowledge, skills and attitudes, laying a solid foundation for independent practice that advances both the profession and those we serve.

Accreditation Status

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

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

Application and Selection Process

Application Procedures

The Application Process

Prospective interns must have completed their required coursework, supervised practicum and be in good standing with their psychology training program.  Additionally, prospective candidates must have:

  • 100 hours of assessment experience
  • 800 hours of practicum experience in settings appropriate for a doctoral level psychology intern
  • Acquired practicum experience at two independent sites

Interns from both Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs are encouraged to apply. While interns from APA-accredited programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology will be given preference, the Consortium will consider applicants from non-APA accredited programs if coursework is equivalent in breadth and depth to APA-accredited programs.
GSPIA is dedicated to providing equal educational opportunities to persons of any age, ethnic background, gender, religion, and sexual orientation.

Each applicant is required to submit a completed application packet by November 15. The packet must include:

  1. A completed application form (AAPI form available at: http://www.appic.org)
  2. A current curriculum vitae
  3. Official graduate program transcripts
  4. Three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the interns’ clinical skills
  5. A letter of readiness from the applicant’s training director.


Upon receipt of an application, GSPIA reviews all materials.  If an application is deemed incomplete, GSPIA contacts the prospective intern, providing him/her with an opportunity to submit complete documentation within a set timeframe.

Intern Selection Process

The GSPIA intern selection process begins with an evaluation of the candidate’s application packet by the Training Director(s) of the agency or agencies to which the intern has applied.  Through this process, the Training Director(s) rates each application based upon criteria including:

  • Information contained in the application packet
  • The hours and type of assessment experience
  • The hours and type of direct client service experience
  • Breadth of experience in treating diverse populations
  • Breadth of experience in treating populations similar to those served by the Consortium agency to which the applicant applies
  • Perceived level of interest in the Consortium agency to which the applicant applies

Applicants eliminated from consideration during the initial evaluation will be notified in accordance with APPIC policies.
Candidates who pass the initial evaluation will be invited to an in-person interview with a Consortium Agency Training Director.  Under special circumstances, a telephone interview may be permitted.

An additional rating is assigned to each candidate based upon his/her interview. In accordance with APPIC guidelines, each prospective intern will be assigned a “rank,” reflective of the average of ratings from the initial evaluation and the interview.  Additionally, Training Directors follow the guidelines outlined in “Interviewing Applicants with Disabilities for Doctoral and Postdoctoral Internship Positions,” published by the Disability Issues Officer of the American Psychological Association.

Once an intern is matched to a Consortium agency, he/she will be notified by the AAPIC matching service.  Within 72 hours thereafter, the intern will receive an official follow-up letter from the Consortium agency with which he/she has been placed.

The GSPIA internship begins on the last Friday in July with a luncheon that serves as an orientation for incoming interns and a farewell to the outgoing interns.
The internship is a full-time, one-year program. Interns can take up to four approved weeks leave, including time for illness, requirements for internship placement by the internship starting date.

Site Specific Information

Although each member of CCPIC shares the same training philosophy, goals, and approach to training, and serves a diverse population, each also offers context-specific opportunities and rotations. Additional detail related to each training partner, as well as the specific stipend offered by each site, can be obtained at the links below

Coalinga State Hospital -$ 36,000 Stipend
Valley State Prison for Women - $38,000 Stipend
Porterville Developmental Center - $36,000 Stipend
San Quentin State Prison - $41,352 Stipend
State Center Community College District - $20,000 Stipend
Sutter Center for Psychiatry - $ $20,000 Stipend
W. Gary Cannon Psychological Service Center-PSC - $18,000 Stipend

Goals, Objectives, and Competencies

Goal #1: Professionalism

The intern exhibits professional values and ethics in service delivery,
behavior, and comportment.

Competencies Expected:

  • Consistently articulates professional values.
  • Takes independent action to correct situations that in are conflict with

 professional values.

  • Utilizes verbal and non-verbal communications that are appropriate to the

professional context, including challenging interactions.

  • Is respectful to the beliefs and values of colleagues, even when inconsistent

        with personal beliefs and values.

  • Demonstrates integration of science in professional practice.

Goal #2: Reflective Practice/Self-Assessment/Self Care

The intern practices personal and professional self-awareness and reflection, demonstrating an awareness of competencies and appropriate self-care.

Competencies Expected:

  1. Demonstrates frequent congruence between own and others’ assessment and seeks to resolve incongruities.
  2. Consistently recognizes and addresses own problems, minimizing interference with competent professional functioning.
  3. Accurately identifies level of competence across all competency domains.
  4. Anticipates and self-identifies disruptions in functioning and intervenes at an early stage with minimal support from supervisors.

Goal #3: Scientific Knowledge and Methods

The intern understands research, research methodology, and techniques for data collection and analysis, and demonstrates respect for scientifically-derived knowledge.

Competencies Expected:

  1. Independently accesses and applies scientific knowledge and skills.
  2. Readily presents work for the scrutiny of others.
  3. Reviews scholarly literature related to clinical work and applies knowledge to case conceptualization.
  4. Compares and contrasts Evidence Based Practices (EBPs) with other theoretical perspectives and interventions in the context of case conceptualization and treatment planning.

Goal #4: Relationships

The intern relates effectively and meaningfully with individuals, groups, and/or communities.

Competencies Expected:

  1. Effectively negotiates conflictual, difficult relationships.
  2. Maintains satisfactory interpersonal relationships with clients, peers, faculty, allied professionals and the public.
  3. Demonstrates understanding of diverse viewpoints in challenging interactions.
  4. Accepts, evaluates and implements feedback from others.
  5. Communicates clearly and effectively with clients.

Goal #5: Individual and Cultural Diversity

The intern demonstrates awareness, sensitivity and skills in working professionally with diverse individuals, groups and communities who represent various cultural and personal background and characteristics.

Competencies Expected:

  1. Independently articulates, understands and monitors own cultural identity in relation to work with others.
  2. Regularly uses knowledge of self to monitor and improve effectiveness as a professional.
  3. Critically evaluates feedback and initiates consultation or supervision when uncertain about diversity issues.
  4. Articulates an integrative conceptualization of diversity as it impacts clients, self and others.
  5. Seeks consultation regarding addressing individual and cultural diversity as needed.
  6. Uses culturally-relevant best practices.

Goal #6: Ethical, Legal Standards and Policy

The intern applies ethical concepts and exhibits an awareness of legal issues regarding professional activities with individuals, groups, and organizations.

Competencies Expected:

  1. Reliably identifies complex ethical and legal issues, analyzes them accurately, and proactively addresses them.
  2. Is aware of potential conflicts in complex ethical and legal issues and seeks to prevent problems and unprofessional conduct.
  3. Is aware of the obligation to confront peers and/or organizations regarding ethical problems or issues and to deal proactively with conflict when addressing professional behavior with others.
  4. Seeks consultation regarding complex ethical and legal dilemmas.
  5. Integrates an understanding of ethical-legal standards policy when performing all functional competencies.
  6. Takes responsibility for continuing professional development.

Goal #7: Interdisciplinary Systems

The intern demonstrates knowledge of key issues and concepts in related disciplines, and effectively identifies and interacts with professionals in multiple disciplines.

Competencies Expected:

  1. Demonstrates skills in interdisciplinary clinical settings in working with other professionals to incorporate psychological information into overall team planning and implementation.
  2. Systematically collaborates successfully with other relevant partners.
  3. Communicates effectively with individuals from other professions.

Goal #8: Assessment

The intern accurately assesses and diagnoses problems, capabilities and issues associated with individuals, groups, and/or organizations.

Competencies Expected:

  1. Demonstrates awareness and competent use of culturally sensitive instruments and norms.
  2. Seeks consultation as needed to guide assessment.
  3. Selection of assessment tools reflects a flexible approach to answering the diagnostic questions.
  4. Comprehensive reports include discussion of strengths and limitations of assessment measures as appropriate.
  5. Interview and report leads to formulation of a diagnosis and the development of appropriate treatment plan.
  6. Provides meaningful, understandable and useful feedback that is responsive to client needs.
  7. Demonstrates competency in applying DSM diagnosis.
  8. Writes an effective, comprehensive report.
  9. Effectively communicates results verbally.

Goal #9: Intervention

The intern employs interventions designed to alleviate suffering and to promote health and well-being of individuals, groups, and/or organizations.

Competencies Expected:

  1. Demonstrates knowledge of interventions and explanations of their use based upon EBPs.
  2. Demonstrates the ability to select interventions for different problems and populations related to the practice setting.
  3. Develops rapport with most clients.
  4. Develops therapeutic relationships.
  5. Demonstrates appropriate judgment about when to consult supervisor.
  6. Applies scientific evidence-based interventions.
  7. Presents cases in a manner that documents application of evidenced-based practice.
  8. Assesses and documents treatment progress and outcomes and alters treatment plan as appropriate.

Goal #10: Consultation

The intern provides expert guidance or professional assistance in response to a client’s needs or goals.

Competencies Expected:

  1. Recognizes situations in which consultation is appropriate.
  2. Demonstrates ability to gather information necessary to answer referral question.
  3. Clarifies and refines referral question based on analysis/assessment of question.
  4. Prepares clear, useful reports and recommendations to all appropriate parities.
  5. When appropriate, provides verbal feedback to consultee of reports and offers appropriate recommendations.
  6. Identifies and implements consultation interventions based on assessment findings.
  7. Identifies and implements consultation interventions that meet consultee goals.

Goal #11: Research and Evaluation

The intern generates research that contributes to the professional knowledge base and/or evaluates the effectiveness of various professional activities.

Competencies Expected:

  1. Engages in systematic efforts to increase his/her knowledge base of psychology through implementing and reviewing research.
  2. Evaluates progress of own activities and uses this information to improve own effectiveness.

Goal #12: Supervision

The intern effectively and compassionately provides supervision to clients and less advanced trainees and colleagues.

Competencies Expected:

  1. Demonstrates knowledge of limits of competency to supervise (assesses metacompetency).
  2. Constructs plans to deal with areas of limited competency.
  3. Clearly articulates how to use supervisory relationships to leverage development of supervisees and their clients.
  4. Demonstrates integration of diversity and multiple identity aspects of self in therapy and supervision.
  5. Provides appropriate supervision to less advanced trainees, peers or other service providers.
  6. Demonstrates awareness of potential conflicts in complex ethical and legal issues in supervision.

Goal #13: Advocacy

The intern demonstrates knowledge of the appropriate means to impact of social, political, economic or cultural factors to promote change at the individual (client), institutional, and/or systems level.

Competencies Expected:

  1. Promotes client self-advocacy.
  2. Assesses implementation and outcome of client’s self-advocacy plans.
  3. Develops alliances with relevant individuals and groups.
  4. Engages with groups with differing viewpoints around issue to provide change.

The Application Process

Prospective interns must have completed their required coursework, supervised practicum and be in good standing with their psychology training program.  Additionally, prospective candidates must have:

  • 100 hours of assessment experience
  • 800 hours of practicum experience in settings appropriate for a doctoral level psychology intern
  • Acquired practicum experience at two independent sites

Central California Psychology Internship Consortium (CCPIC)

Central California Psychology Internship Consortium (CCPIC)
Gary S. Cannon Psychological Service Center (PSC)
Internship Training Placements Available: 4
Stipend: The stipend for the internship program is $18,000.

Overview:  The PSC a spectrum of psychological services to the Fresno 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, and psychological testing and assessment.
Rotations:  Interns are assigned to two of nine year-long rotations offered throughout the training year.  Rotations include:

Batterer’s Intervention Program

The Batterers’ Intervention Program is a Fresno and Kings County Probation certified treatment program to treat court ordered men and women who have been convicted of domestic violence or other intimate partner violence (IPV).   Our Fresno program currently treats male clients in six groups.  Our Hanford program currently consists of one female client group and two male client groups.  Groups utilize a combination of psycho-education and processing.  Clients are also placed into individual treatment with a clinician on an individually assessed basis. 

Child and Family Rotation

The Child and Family rotation follows more of a dynamic orientation.  The interventions offered are child centered with the pragmatic goal of helping alleviate symptoms while addressing underlying issues.  Case conceptualization follows dynamic orientations of attachment, object relations and self-psychology.  

More specifically, dynamic theories are used to understand the origins of current patterns of interpersonal relationships, behavior, and self-concept.  Child centered, relationship based therapy is used as the key to facilitating change.  We consider the systems and the environments the child and their family are involved with as key to helping understand and work with them on their journey to psychological health.  All of this takes place within the context of a therapeutic relationship fostered by empathic attention, and the assumption that the psyche strives for health.  It is our belief that our therapeutic interventions are merely facilitating the development of good mental health.

Sex Offender/Forensic/CBT

This rotation mainly treats juvenile sex offenders in group and individual therapy, as well as conducts evaluations that include sexual risk assessment.  Other clients and programs offered in this rotation include (but are not limited to):

  • Court ordered offenders
  • Non-mandated sex offenders
  • SAVE Program (Sex education)
  • Sex/pornography addictions
  • Distressing paraphilia
  • Treatment for individuals with sexual dysfunctions
  • Clients with a significant or pertinent legal issue
  • Clients who would benefit from a primarily CBT/brief/solution-focused intervention.
  • Fire-setting Prevention Program for Juvenile Offenders/Court Mandated – clients referred from Fresno County probation.  This group meets for 10 weeks [2 week credit for risk assessment/full psychological evaluation]. 

General Clinical & Clinical Forensic

This rotation provides individual therapy to clients (adult and child) within the PSC with a wide variety of presenting problems and diagnoses; we also provide group therapy to at-risk populations both within and outside of the PSC.  Therapeutic approach is based on the specific needs of each client.  As a result, you will be exposed to a breadth of therapeutic orientations.   We also provide:

  • Tulare County Competency Restoration
  • Tulare County Theft Diversion Program
  • AB109 Recidivism Reduction Grant

Forensic and Crisis Intervention

This PSC rotation will focus on providing various empirically based cognitive behavioral treatment to adult and adolescent clients. Brief Therapy, Solution focused therapy, DBT, REBT, and Relapse Prevention paradigms will be explored depending on student interest and client needs. This rotation will provide individual and group therapy for forensic and/or acute psychiatric populations. We will also provide anger management groups and psychological assessment supervision.  This rotation is focused on providing training working with difficult to treat populations such as, incarcerated/paroled clients, chronically mentally ill, personality disordered clients, and clients at high risk for hospitalization.

Adult Psychotherapy Rotation

Goals for this rotation include:

  • Conceptualizing people's presenting problems from a psychodynamic, interpersonal, cognitive/behavioral, cultural, and DSM V perspectives. The Gottman model of couples therapy will be the groundwork for couples work, with some use of emotion focused theory and technique.
  • Organizing treatment planning around an integration of the aforementioned points of view with the client/patients goals, internal/external resources, and motivation.
  • Integrating psychotherapy theory driven points of view with psychotherapy evidence based points of view about what constitutes "good therapy" for a particular person or persons being seen in the context of the service center by a student therapist and this supervisor.
  • Developing psychotherapy skills consistent with the aforementioned models of psychotherapy. 
  • Developing skills for the proper documentation of the psychotherapy process and outcomes.
  • Developing skills for the assessment of the psychotherapy process and outcomes.
  • Developing ways of using countertransference and transference reactions for therapeutic gain and personal growth.

Therapy and Psychological Assessment Rotation

This rotation will provide individual and group therapy to clients within the PSC for a wide variety of presenting problems and diagnoses. The therapeutic approach will be evidenced based treatment, focusing on a wide variety of presenting problems that are appropriate for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions. Group therapy will specifically focus on Dual Diagnosis and Personality Disorders, primarily centered on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy interventions (M. Linehan).

This rotation will provide an opportunity to administer, score, interpret, and generate integrative reports that will be responsive of referrals for the following reasons:

  • Juvenile Court Assessments
  • Child & Adult Cognitive Assessments
  • Child & Adult Personality Assessments
  • Assessments for diagnostic impressions; Assessments to R/O Malingering
  • Disability Assessments

General Clinical – Children, Adolescents and Adults

This rotation draws upon the traditions of developmental attachment theory, Winnicott’s version of object relations theory, more recent developments in interpersonal neurobiology, to support development of a “therapeutic presence.”  The focus of this rotation is on
working with adolescents and adults in individual therapy.  In working with children and teens, family therapy and/or work with parents will also be necessary. 

Health Psychology Rotation

This rotation focuses on developing clinical and assessment skills in the area of Health psychology and Medical Psychology.  The skills you garner in this rotation are highly transferable to treating many mental health issues including anxiety disorders such as OCD, PTSD, Generalized Anxiety, Phobias, and Somatic issues. Major depression is also prevalent in those who are managing acute or chronic health issues. 

In addition, partners and family members who have a loved one with health issues may enter therapy to increase coping skills, to process grief, or for help with problem solving. Finally, you will gain knowledge and experience working with clients where health issues could present as either a primary or a secondary issue. 

Department of State Hospitals – Coalinga (DSH-C)
Internship Training Placements Available: 3
Stipend: $36,000. Health insurance, vision/dental coverage, vacation/sick time are also provided.
Overview: DSH-C specializes in the treatment of Sexually Violent Predators (WIC 6600), Mentally Disordered Offenders (PC 2972), and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Mentally Ill Prisoners (PC 2684). DSH-C currently houses approximately 1041 patients with 83.7% being Sexually Violent Predators (SVP), 11.5% being Mentally Disordered Offenders (MDO), and 4.8% being Mentally Ill Prisoners (MIP). The facility includes 32 living units, a psychological assessment center, a medical clinic, treatment and education group areas, arts and crafts workshops, a music center, a graphic arts center, computer labs, and a patient library.

The internship year is divided into three, four-month rotations: Admissions, Assessment, and Mentally Disordered Offender (MDO). The rotation schedules will be determined at the beginning of the year and will be based on the intern’s past experiences and their current needs.

1. Admissions Rotation (WIC 6600) – Interns will complete intake assessments (Admissions Psychological Assessment, Suicide Risk Assessment, Diagnostic Formulations, Psychology sections of the patient’s Treatment Plan), observe Treatment Plan Conferences with the goal of being able to run a conference as the team lead, and updating Treatment Plans as necessary.

2. Assessment Rotation– Interns will further develop their test administration skills, clinical interviewing and test feedback skills, diagnostic skills, report writing/test integration skills, and consultation skills with Treatment Team members. Interns will also have the opportunity to be exposed to new testing instruments. Interns will be required to complete a minimum of 6 assessments during this rotation.

Special Requirements of Applicants:It is preferable that applicants have prior forensic experience and be able to demonstrate appropriate boundaries working in this therapeutic environment. Applicants must be able to pass a DOJ/FBI background check, state employment physical, and drug screen. All offers of internship are contingent upon the successful completion of the pre-employment screenings.

All applicants must submit an original state application to be considered for an interview.
The state application can be found at: http://jobs.ca.gov/Profile/StateApplication

State applications must be mailed to:
Personnel Department
Coalinga State Hospital
P.O. Box 5000
Coalinga, CA 93210

Porterville Developmental Center (PDC)
Internship Training Placements Available: 4
Stipend: $36,000.

Overview: 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.
Rotations:  All interns engage in an intensive immersion in the inpatient unit setting (35-44 clients per unit) Interns conduct assessments and evaluations, engage in group and individual psychotherapy, prepare reports, and serve as members of interdisciplinary treatment teams.

San Quentin State Prison (SQSP)
Internship Training Placements Available: 4
Stipend:  Approximately $40,000. Health/Dental/Vision insurance, vacation/sick time provided. 

Overview:  SQSP is California's oldest and best-known correctional institution. The prison houses approximately 4,000 male inmates and includes a reception center for new commitments, a parole violator unit, administrative segregation units, endorsed population units, and a minimum security work crew unit. It is also the state's only death row facility for male condemned inmates, and has a licensed Psychiatric Inpatient Program and crisis bed for condemned inmate/patients. There are approximately 1,000 inmate/patients in the Mental Health Program at San Quentin, which includes seriously mentally disordered inmate/patients and mildly to moderately mentally disordered inmate/patients. Diagnoses include psychotic and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and adjustment disorders, along with chronic substance abuse, medication and treatment compliance issues, as well as cognitive and developmental disabilities. Inmate/patients represent considerable diversity in cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Rotations and Year Long Trainings:

1.  The internship year begins with a three-month Diagnostic Intake Assessment rotation that includes Suicide Risk Assessment, Diagnostic Formulations, and preliminary Treatment Plans. These assessments can continue throughout the year based on the intern’s interest and development needs.

2.  The internship year will also begin with Individual Treatment Training that will continue throughout the year, and includes long and short-term therapy. Inmate/patients are of moderate to severe psychopathology at various custody levels. Interns are given an opportunity to work with a condemned inmate/patient, and inmate/patients in the Administrative Segregation Unit for behavioral concerns. Interns will also participate in Interdisciplinary Treatment Team Meetings and Case Conferences.

3.  The internship includes a Group Treatment Rotation that will begin in the second quarter of the year. Group treatment will include inmate/patients with moderate to severe psychopathology at various custody levels, and may include groups for those with life or condemned sentences. A variety of topics may be utilized and will include educational and process groups. Depending on the intern’s interest, the rotation can range from three to nine months.

4.  The internship year will include ongoing Assessment Training in which interns will further develop their test administration and clinical interviewing skills, diagnostic skills, test data integration skills and report writing, as well as providing feedback of test results to the treatment team and inmate/patient. Interns may also have the opportunity to complete risk assessment reports for the court. Interns are expected to complete four to six assessments during the year.

5.  Interns will be given an opportunity to provide crisis intervention and on-call services with licensed clinical staff for a month-long rotation, and possibly longer depending on the intern’s interest.

6.  Interns will be given an opportunity to provide supervision to practicum students in either a group or individual supervision format under the guidance of a licensed supervisor.
Special Requirements of Applicants:  It is preferable that applicants have prior forensic or correctional experience and be able to demonstrate appropriate boundaries in the therapeutic setting , closely utilize supervision, and adhere to safety and security regulations of the institution. Applicants must be able to pass a background check, state employment physical, and drug screen. All offers of internship are contingent upon the successful completion of the pre-employment screenings.

Applicants who match with the site must submit an original state application. The application can be found at: http://jobs.ca.gov/Profile/StateApplication

State Center Community College District
Internship Training Placements Available: 4
Stipend: $20,000.

Overview:Fresno City College offers experience with an inner city population, and the Reedley College Campus offers experience with a rural community population. 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.

(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.

Special Requirements of Applicants: N/A

Sutter Center For Psychiatry (SCP)
Internship Training Placements Available: 2
Stipend: The stipend for the internship program is $20,000.

Overview: SCP is a part of the Sutter Health Care System that is located in east Sacramento, CA. SCP is a inpatient and outpatient treatment facility serving the urgent needs of children ages five through older adults. SCP operates from the perspective of a Recovery model, thus emphasizing the needs of the patient first while integrating a variety of health and mental health programs, including Child & Adolescent Program, Latency Program, Adolescent Partial Treatment Program, Sutter Counseling Center (serving outpatient children and adolescents), Adult Care Unit, Adult Intensive Care Unit, Chemical Dependency Services; Chaplaincy Training Program.

Rotations:  All SCP interns provide a variety of psychological services to children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. These include comprehensive psychological assessments, trauma assessments, treatment and consultation, crisis intervention and suicide assessment, brief and long term individual psychotherapy, comprehensive treatment planning with a multidisciplinary team, and co-facilitation of psychotherapy groups (for example, Trauma-Focused CBT). Interns will participate in a variety of trainings, and will be expected to present training themselves. Among the variety of psychiatric conditions present in this population are Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Chemical Dependency, Conduct Disorder, Psychotic Disorders, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, impulse control difficulties, organic issues, and various Personality Disorders.
Interns will have the opportunity to participate in discussions of cases and issues encountered in an inpatient psychiatric hospital and a community clinic, which offers longer-term psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and their families.

Special Requirements of Applicants: N/A

Valley State Prison (VSP)
Internship Training Placements Available: 2
Stipend: $38,000. Health insurance, vacation, and sick time are also provided.

Overview: Valley State Prison (VSP) was activated in May 1995. 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, social workers, psychiatrists, recreational therapists, psychiatric technicians, and RN’s working as a part of the total mental health program with more than forty staff members. The Chief of Mental Health Services at VSP is a clinical psychologist.
Interns will take part in the diverse diagnostic and therapeutic challenges with incarcerated 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 Correctional Clinical Case Management, System and Administrative Segregation and Security Housing Unit, and the Enhanced Outpatient Program.
Rotations: All interns participate in all mental health programs.