Site Name: Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Department: Child Guidance Clinic
The Child Guidance Clinic staff schedule all interviews via email. Notification of interview invitations will be given on or before December 13, 2019. Typically, applicants who are invited for an interview will be given various dates available for interviews, from which they select and rank their top three choices. Interviewees must respond via email with their top three dates within two business days (by December 17, 2019), though interviewees are strongly encouraged to respond as soon as possible. Interviews are scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis, although the Clinic attempts to accommodate the preferences of all interviewees. All interviews will take place in person over approximately the second, third, and fourth weeks of January 2020. Interviewees can expect to spend 1 full day on-site for their interview. During this day, interviewees will undergo a 1-hour individual interview with the Clinic's psychology staff, tour Clinic facilities, meet current interns, observe live court proceedings, and participate in question and answer sessions.
The Child Guidance Clinic's internship program trains interns in the areas of clinical and forensic assessment; evidenced-based individual and group psychotherapy; forensic-specific interventions (e.g., competency restoration, sex offender treatment); consultation/didactic training (e.g., annual forensic psychology conferences); psychological practice within a legal setting (e.g, court testimony, collateral interviews and consultation with attorneys and probation officers); and program evaluation to integrate research, theory, and practice.
The Clinic provides clinical services to children and adolescents who are 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 70-75% of these youth are male and 25-30% 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 at the Howard University Counseling Center. There are also opportunities for minor rotations and/or training in the Clinic's research lab and with other child-serving and/or law enforcement agencies in the DC area.
The Clinic's training staff take an eclectic and evidence-based approach to clinical work that is sensitive to developmental and cultural factors in assessment and treatment. The goal of the training program is to produce well-rounded entry level psychologists with both generalized clinical and forensic-specific skills. The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association; the internship's current accreditation status may be verified by calling the Commission on Accreditation at 202-336-5979.
(training opportunities continued)
Behavioral Disorders - Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
ADHD - Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Mood Disorders - Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensic interventions - Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Psychopharmacology - Exposure (1% to 20%)
Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or experiences may be available at all consortium sites, and some internship programs may not have updated this information recently. Please consult the program's web site
https://www.dccourts.gov/services/juvenile-matters/psychology-internship or other application materials for a complete description of the training opportunities available at each site.