The California Psychology Internship Consortium (CPIC) 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 and evidenced-based, ethically-sound, and culturally-sensitive. Interns receive education and training via a year-long placement at one of our training partners: Alvarado Parkway Institute Behavioral Health System (API); Aurora Behavioral Healthcare/San Diego; 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); University of California-Merced (UC-Merced); and the W. Gary Cannon Psychological Service Center (PSC). Training is also provided through didactics, consultation, and socialization experiences in which partners join to collectively support intern development.
Each CPIC training partner is committed to the following aims:
Aim 1: To provide broad and general training in health service psychology with an emphasis on evidence-based practices.
Aim 2: To prepare psychology interns to competently address the needs of diverse, underserved populations, including forensic populations, transient populations, juveniles, young adults, and those with severe and persistent mental illness.
Aim 3: To socialize interns to the profession of health service psychology through the application of critical thinking, compassion, ethical decision-making, self-reflection, advocacy, and a commitment to life-long learning.
CPIC is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission.
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
Site Specific Information
Although each member of CPIC shares the same training philosophy, aims, and approach to training, and serves a diverse population, each also offers context-specific opportunities and rotations. Additional detail related to each training partner can be obtained at the link below.
- Alvarado Parkway Institute Behavioral Health System – $25,000 Stipend
- Aurora Behavioral Healthcare/San Diego – $27,040 Stipend
- Department of State Hospitals-Coalinga – $ 40,000 Stipend
- Porterville Developmental Center – $41,976 Stipend
- San Quentin State Prison – $41,352 Stipend
- State Center Community College District – $20,000 Stipend
- Sutter Center for Psychiatry – $25,000 Stipend
- University of California-Merced – $32,500 Stipend
- W. Gary Cannon Psychological Service Center-PSC – $18,000 Stipend
Internship Admissions, Support, and Initial Placement Data
Interns from both PhD and PsyD programs are encouraged to apply to the CPIC internship program. Click below for detailed information on the admissions process.
CPIC supports interns in developing the competencies associated with professional practice as health service psychologists. These competencies include research, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values, attitudes, and behaviors, communication and interpersonal skills, assessment, intervention, supervision, and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills.
For more information on CPIC's requirements for completion, resources, and administrative policies and procedures, please see the Intern Handbook.