The Child Guidance Clinic's internship program offers training in clinical and forensic psychology. Interns receive training in clinical and forensic assessment, such as psychological, psychoeducational, adaptive functioning, violence risk assessment, competency for trial, and psychosexual evaluations. Interns receive training in evidenced-based individual and group psychotherapy, as well as forensic interventions (e.g., competency remediation, sex offender treatment). Interns receive didactic training in clinical and forensic areas (e.g., forensic, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and assessment seminars) and experience in psychological practice within a legal setting (e.g., providing court testimony in mock trials; trial preparation with Clinic staff; collateral interviews and consultation with attorneys and probation officers). Interns develop supervision, mentorship, consultation, and program evaluation skills to integrate research, theory, and practice.
Interns receive training and experience in working with diverse populations, providing culturally appropriate clinical services, and recognizing how individual and cultural diversity can impact psychological processes, service delivery, and professional practice. Interns receive information and mentoring about areas of early career development, such as postdoctoral and employment options, EPPP exam(s), licensure processes, and professional credentialing (e.g., National Register of Health Service Psychologists, American Board of Professional Psychology).
The Clinic provides assessment and therapy services to children and adolescents involved with the juvenile justice system in the District of Columbia. The Clinic's primary focus is assessment. 99.5% of the juveniles served by the Clinic are African-American or Hispanic, due in part to the demographics of the District of Columbia. These youth frequently have histories of trauma exposure and come from underserved communities with increased rates of poverty, crime, underemployment, and community and/or domestic violence. Approximately 75% of these youth are male and 25% are female. Supervised clinical work (e.g., individual and group therapy) with young adults in the community is also provided to Clinic interns via the minor rotation with the Howard University Counseling Center.
The Clinic's training staff take an eclectic and evidence-based approach to clinical work that emphasizes developmental and cultural components in assessment and treatment. Staff also take a developmental approach to supervision of interns wherein interns' abilities, skills, interests, and growth areas are considered.
COVID-19 UPDATE: As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Clinic has made some modifications to our normal operating procedures designed to maximize the safety of youth, interns, and staff while continuing to provide high quality training for interns and clinical services for the Court, youth and families, and the community. Modifications include providing certain psychotherapy and intervention services remotely via phone or video chat. In-person assessment services occur in safe, secure, controlled, and socially distanced locations. Ample PPE, sanitizer, and cleaning supplies are provided for interns, staff, youth, and families.
The goal of our training program is to produce well-rounded entry level psychologists who can practice across a broad spectrum of professional settings. The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association; the internship's current accreditation status may be verified by calling the Office of Commission on Accreditation at 202-336-5979.