The Doctoral Internship at the Youth Services Department is offered through the Residential Treatment and Family Counseling Division, which offers specialized programs to families who need professional support in their efforts to raise healthy functioning children. The Division strengthens families through competent, caring, and comprehensive services. The Division is committed to fostering healthy individual and family functioning in families where youth have been exposed to various forms of danger, harm, or loss. Without adequate protective factors, these youth are often at higher risk of entering the juvenile justice system, dropping out of school, getting involved with gangs, running away from home, substance use, and entering the child protective system. This goal is accomplished through family, group, and individual therapy, psycho-education, parent training, psychological evaluation, consultative services, and community outreach offered across community-based, office, and residential settings. Services are provided free to Palm Beach County residents.
Internship clinical activities will emphasize family therapy using a brief therapy model, but may include group and individual therapy, psychoeducation, parent training, psychological evaluation, consultative services, and community outreach offered across community-based, office, and residential settings. Each intern will complete a six-month residential rotation and a six-month outpatient rotation, which together provide a range of clinical and didactic experiences that will support interns in the development of their base of knowledge, their clinical skills, and their professional identity.
Highridge Family Center – Residential Rotation
Psychology interns will be at Highridge Family Center for six months. The intern, under the supervision of a licensed psychologist, is responsible for providing family, group, individual, and milieu therapy to residents of Highridge, working in the same capacity as the other therapists. Additionally, interns will participate in weekly multidisciplinary treatment team meetings, case conferences, multi-family groups, staff consultations, and presentations to parents.
Education and Training - Outpatient Rotation
Interns will complete a six-month outpatient rotation. Psychology interns will be responsible for providing short-term (3-4 months) family therapy, individual therapy (only age 18-22), group therapy, intake assessments, behavioral interventions in an alternative school setting (Highridge), consultation, and case management. Interns complete psychological evaluations, provide parent education/support/training, and may conduct outreach activities, including presentations to staff, schools, and community agencies.
Throughout the internship, two hours of weekly didactic training on a variety of clinical topics are provided. In addition, interns participate in monthly Journal Club and Supervision Series meetings, where discussions of research articles/literature related to clinical challenges and supervisor skill development take place.
By the end of the internship year, interns will be prepared with the knowledge, awareness, and skills of a practitioner specializing in youth and families. Our interns are well prepared for professional careers working with children and their families who present with a wide range of concerns in a residential or outpatient setting.
*Please see the Internship Handbook on our website for a complete description of the program.