Bay Area PSC Internship | Application Procedures

Please note that we are fully-affiliated with Alliant International University, and as such, we only accept applications from CSPP’s doctoral programs accredited through the American Psychological Association.

Internship Program Admissions

Date Program Tables are updated: August 1, 2017

Briefly describe in narrative form important information to assist potential applicants in assessing their likely fit with your program. This description must be consistent with the program’s policies on intern selection and practicum and academic preparation requirements:
The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) Bay Area Psychological Services Center (PSC) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Associated (APA). As a fully-affiliated internship, applicants must be from California School of Professional Psychology’s APA-accredited programs in clinical psychology. They must have completed their required coursework, supervised practica, and be in good standing with their psychology training program. Interns receive clinical training experiences in Bay Area charter schools providing brief and long term therapy to middle and high school aged students who are highly diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender identity, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. Approximately 80 percent of direct service hours are provided at school sites and approximately 20 percent are provided at the PSC. Interns conduct therapy and consultations at the schools and complete administrative work; at the PSC, interns participate in training, including an intern didactic, an intern case conference, psychological assessment supervision, individual supervision, and program meeting. Interns are expected to complete at least three comprehensive assessment batteries.
Does the program require that applicants have received a minimum number of hours of the following at time of application? If Yes, indicate how many:
Total Direct Contact Intervention Hours N Y 500
Total Direct Contact Assessment Hours N Y 30
Describe any other required minimum criteria used to screen applicants:
Interns from both Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs are encouraged to apply.

As noted above, prospective candidates must have:

· At least 500 direct contact intervention hours, and a minimum of 30 direct contact assessment hours, in settings appropriate for a doctoral level psychology student.
· Completion of practicum experience at two independent sites.

It is also preferred that candidates have approval of their dissertation proposal or final research paper by the time of acceptance of an internship.

The Bay Area PSC uses the APPIC Application for Psychology Internships (AAPI). To apply, please login to appic.org/AAPI-APPA. Applicants need to upload a cover letter along with the following:

A completed application form; AAPI form available at www.appic.org;
A current Curriculum Vitae;
Official graduate program transcripts;
Three letters of recommendation from professionals familiar with the candidate’s clinical skills (at least one letter must be from a clinical supervisor);
One de-identified testing report completed by the applicant;

*The deadline for all applications in Phase 1 is November 15th.

Financial and Other Benefit Support for Upcoming

Training Year*

Annual Stipend/Salary for Full-time Interns 25,000
Annual Stipend/Salary for Half-time Interns N/A
Program provides access to medical insurance for intern? No
If access to medical insurance is provided:
Trainee contribution to cost required? Yes No
Coverage of family member(s) available? Yes No
Coverage of legally married partner available? Yes No
Coverage of domestic partner available? Yes No
Hours of Annual Paid Personal Time Off (PTO and/or Vacation) 0
Hours of Annual Paid Sick Leave 72 hours
In the event of medical conditions and/or family needs that require extended leave, does the program allow reasonable unpaid leave to interns/residents in excess of personal time off and sick leave? Yes No
Other Benefits (please describe): Interns receive 12 days (96 hours) total of vacation, sick leave, professional development and research leave. In addition, the clinic is closed for a University winter break at the end of December.

*Note. Programs are not required by the Commission on Accreditation to provide all benefits listed in this table

Initial Post-Internship Positions

(Provide an Aggregated Tally for the Preceding 3 Cohorts)

2014-2017
Total # of interns who were in the 3 cohorts 12
Total # of interns who did not seek employment because they returned to their doctoral program/are completing doctoral degree 1
PD EP
Community mental health center 1 3
Federally qualified health center 1
Independent primary care facility/clinic 2
University counseling center
Veterans Affairs medical center
Military health center
Academic health center
Other medical center or hospital 1
Psychiatric hospital
Academic university/department
Community college or other teaching setting
Independent research institution
Correctional facility
School district/system
Independent practice setting 2
Not currently employed 1
Changed to another field
Other
Unknown

Note: “PD” = Post-doctoral residency position; “EP” = Employed Position. Each individual represented in this table should be counted only one time. For former trainees working in more than one setting, select the setting that represents their primary position.

Upon receipt of an application, the PSC will review all materials.  If an application is deemed incomplete, the PSC will contact the prospective intern, providing him/her with an opportunity to submit complete documentation within a set timeframe. An applicant who has submitted a complete packet, and who meets internship eligibility advances to the second stage of the review process.

The Bay Area Psychological Services Center Internship is a member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). This internship site 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.

The PSC Internship aspires to provide the highest level of training, supporting interns to gain the skills and competencies necessary to serve as professional psychologists.

  • The internship subscribes to the Practitioner-Scholar Training Model; emphasis is placed on the development of clinical skills anchored in sound psychological principles and scientific inquiry. The PSC prepares interns to become competent, ethical, practitioner-scholars by:
  • Assessing and closely monitoring development over the course of the internship year
  • Providing a strong integration of science and practice through ongoing case conferences, professional seminars, and weekly didactic training; and
  • Providing diversity in clientele, theoretical orientations, and work settings, affording interns the opportunity to practice in a variety of roles and settings.

The PSC interns are encouraged to become life-long learners who engage in ongoing continuing education, scholarship, and professional development.

Intern Selection Process

The intern selection process begins with an evaluation of the candidate’s application packet by the Internship Training Director and selection committee comprised of licensed psychologists who supervise in the internship. Through this process, the selection committee rates each application based upon criteria including:

  • Information contained in the application packet;
  • The hours and type of direct client service experience;
  • The hours and type of assessment experience;
  • Breadth of experience in treating diverse populations;
  • Breadth of experience in treating populations similar to those served by the PSC;
  • Perceived level of interest in the PSC.

They are also rated using a system reflective of the program’s goals and values.  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 the Internship Training Director and internship staff.  Under special circumstances, a telephone interview may be permitted.  All applicants are required to participate in a day long interview at the PSC. This in-person interview will take approximately five hours and consists of an informational session with the Internship Training Director, two group interviews (45 minutes each),  one to two individual interviews (30 minutes each) and a light lunch, during which applicants will have a chance to speak with a panel of current interns.

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, the Internship Training Director follows 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.

The Internship Training Director completes the APPIC Ranking Form and then submits the rankings to APPIC. Once an intern is matched to the PSC, he/she will be notified by the APPIC matching service.  Within 72 hours thereafter, the intern will receive an official follow-up letter from the PSC.

The PSC participates in the APPIC second round match.  One week after Match Day, the PSC will accept new applications (see above process).  The Deadline for receipt of applications in Phase II is February 26th.  We will then follow the same outlined steps as per the first round of Match. The Internship Training Director completes the APPIC Ranking Form and once an intern is matched to the PSC, he/she will be notified by the Matching service.  Within 72 hours thereafter, the intern will receive an official follow-up letter from the PSC.

The PSC participates in the APPIC Clearinghouse Program. If an internship position goes unfilled following the first round of matches, the position is submitted to the clearinghouse of unmatched applicants. The clearinghouse process begins at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on APPIC Match Day. The PSC fills positions with clearinghouse applicants, if applicable, as soon as possible.  The PSC will extend a verbal or written acceptance to the applicant; the acceptance serves as a binding agreement between the internship and the applicant.