Program Information: The Sullivan Center for Children

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1122
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Sullivan Center for Children
Department: The Sullivan Center for Children
Address: 3443 W. Shaw Avenue
Fresno, California 93711
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: 180 miles south and east of San Francisco
Phone: 559-271-1186x122
Fax: 559-271-8041
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
Additional Agency Types:
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
Member of APPIC since: 08/15/2011
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jason Christopherson
Chief Psychologist: Kathy Sullivan
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 6
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Position Information
Start Date: 07/06/2020
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 18000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Licensing Exam Release Time, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Participation in Continuing Educational activities through local trade association, attendance at leadership and advocacy event through California Psychological Association.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical day will include individual therapy with children or adolescents, usually after school. Clinic hours are 8 to 8 M-F and 8 to 2 on Saturdays. The intern will likely work some evenings and may work Saturdays depending on clinic needs. Clinical experience will include groups in the early evenings for some interns. Testing occurs in the earlier day time and the intern may do testing as often as once per week. Didactic training, group supervision, ground rounds all occur on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting during the morning hours.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? No
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/15/2019 11:59 PM
Application Due Date Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/13/2019
Interview notification date time zone: Pacific Standard Time
Tentative interview date: 01/14/2020
Interview process description:

The Center provides a day long open house and interview process where the applicant has the opportunity to meet the professional staff, interview with selection committe members, tour the facilities, and meet with current training professionals including interns and/or post-doctoral fellows.

We prefer onsight interviews that are held during the open house which are usually held in January on consecutive Wednesdays.  For the current year we will hold the open house events on Wednesday January 17 and 24.  The open house begins at 8:00 am and usually concludes between 3:00 and 4:00 pm. During the day planned activities, interviews, meeting sessions as well as breakfast and lunch will provide to the applicant.  There will be ample opportunity for the applicant to learn about the Center, it's training opportunities and the quality and caliber of the training staff.  


How to obtain application info: Email the Program
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: The George Washington University, Argosy (many different campuses), CSPP at Alliant International University (many different campuses), CSFS at Alliant International University, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Azuza Pacific University,
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: Yes
Masters Degree Required: Yes, by start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited 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:
Program Description

The Sullivan Center for Children is an intensive outpatient treatment center that specializes in providing psychological services to children, adolescents and their families. The Sullivan Center is a Psychological Corporation currently employing fifteen clinicians, including one Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, five licensed Psy.D. psychologists and five licensed Ph.D. psychologists. Additional clinical staff is comprised of two non-licensed psychological assistants and three post-doctoral fellows. We use an integrated team approach in which, if appropriate, children and members of their families can be involved in an integrated treatment approach using more than one modality. Our general procedure is to assess the presenting problem and outline an individual treatment plan for the child and family. The population treated varies greatly in terms of age, type of pathology, socio-economic status, and cultural background. We deal with problems of childhood that range from mildly to severely disturbed. Often times our clients have had previous treatment in hospitals, residential treatment centers or day treatment programs. We are dedicated to treating individuals intensively to help avert hospitalizations or placements in residential treatment. The ages of clients treated at the Center run from infancy through older adulthood, although adults treated at the Center usually arrived at our services through a child or adolescent problem. The Center is a for-profit corporation. We have established contracts with the local school district and The Central Valley Regional Center. Additionally interns are exposed to pediatric psychiatry and issues in forensic psychology.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :


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

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 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: 0 8
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 0 8
Total number of interns: 0 1
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 1
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
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: 2 0 1
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 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 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 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