Program Information: Child Guidance Clinic

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1747
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Department: Child Guidance Clinic
Address: 500 Indiana Avenue NW
Suite 1110
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
Distance from Major City: 0 miles from Washington, DC
Phone: 202-508-1896
Fax: 202-508-1609
Email: jennifer.christman@dcsc.gov
Web Address: https://www.dccourts.gov/services/juvenile-matters/psychology-internship
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.dccourts.gov/sites/default/files/matters-docs/CGC-Brochure-2018.pdf
Primary Agency Type: Other
Additional Agency Types:
  • Other
Member of APPIC since: 2001
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jennifer Christman
Chief Psychologist: Malcolm Woodland
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/03/2020
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 34673
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Professional Development Time,
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns may be permitted up to 2 weeks of leave time, pending approval by Director of Clinical Training.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Duties or activities within one day may include but are not limited to: Completing a psychological, psychoeducational, or specialty forensic evaluation; attending a didactic seminar; giving or observing a case presentation; attending individual or group supervision; providing supervision to externs; conducting individual or group therapy with youth; scoring and interpreting test measures; writing forensic reports; conducting collateral interviews with parents, probation officers, attorneys, and other professionals; and/or attending activities at an off-site minor rotation.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?Yes
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? Yes
Details of the above affiliations The Child Guidance Clinic interns have a minor rotation at the Howard University Counseling Center (HUCC) in the District of Columbia, which has an APA-accredited doctoral internship program. During this rotation, Child Guidance Clinic interns attend, observe, and conduct group and individual therapy with young adults receiving mental health treatment services through HUCC. They also receive group supervision and attend therapy-related didactic seminars. Clinic interns can generally anticipate 4-8 hours per week involved in activities for this rotation. Similarly, HUCC interns have a minor rotation at the Child Guidance Clinic in which they perform evaluations of court-involved youth, attend assessment seminars and case presentations at the Clinic, and accompany the Clinic to an annual forensic psychology conference.
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/15/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is: Required
Interview notification date: 12/13/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Eastern Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/06/2020
Interview process description:

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.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: University of Virginia, George Washington University, Howard University, Argosy University (DC and Atlanta), Fielding Graduate School, University of Arizona, Louisiana Tech, University of Kentucky, Gallaudet University, Chestnut Hill College, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Indiana University, Pace University, and more.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
Masters Degree Required: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 150
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 150
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Not Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Not Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements: Please upload one writing sample of a comprehensive evaluation report (includes testing and interviewing) and one writing sample of a treatment summary report. Writing samples that are forensic in nature and/or conducted with juveniles are preferred. Interns who match with the Clinic must undergo and pass a Court-required criminal background check which includes fingerprinting. Matched interns must also pass a Child Protection Registry check, which must be submitted from the intern's state of residence. Failure to pass both of these checks will result in the intern not being permitted to proceed with the internship at the Child Guidance Clinic.
Program Description

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.

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family:
Older Adults:
Inpatients:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Forensic populations; Court-involved youth and families; Youth victims of commercial sexual exploitation/sex trafficking

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Consultation/Liaison: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Supervision of Practicum students : EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Other: Forensic-specific interventions (e.g., competency restoration, sex offender treatment)

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Developmental Disabilities: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Neuropsychology-Child: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Anxiety Disorders: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Trauma/PTSD: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Abuse: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Substance Use Disorders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Forensics/Corrections: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Sexual Offenders: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics:
School: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Counseling: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Supervision: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Research: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

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.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Number of Completed Applications: 54 53 51
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 37 31 30
Total number of interns: 3 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 2 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 1 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 3 3 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 27 20
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 36 22
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 1 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 1
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 1
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 1 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 1
Research Position: 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 1 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0