Program Information: Therapy and Psychological Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1103
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: The Harris County Children's Assessment Center
Department: Therapy and Psychological Services
Address: 2500 Bolsover Street
Houston, Texas 77005
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 713-986-3532x
Fax:
Email: anita.jaffer@cac.hctx.net
Web Address: http://www.cachouston.org
Brochure Website's Address: http:// www.cachouston.org
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Child/Adolescent Psychiatric or Pediatrics
  • Community Mental Health Center
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Anita Jaffer
Chief Psychologist: Anita Jaffer
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: 09/01/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 31200
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Comp Time , Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical day for an intern at The Children's Assessment Center will include rendering psychological services (e.g., psychological testing, individual, group, and family therapy, consultation) to children and family members who have experienced sexual abuse. In addition to receiving individual and group supervision from their respective supervisors, interns are also involved in weekly didactic trainings and encouraged to collaborate with members of a multidisciplinary team (e.g., law enforcement, forensics, District Attorney's office, Child Protective Services, psychiatry) to further enhance their training experience.
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: 11/30/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Preferred
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

For applicants who determine that The Harris County Children's Assessment Center (HCCAC) is an appropriate match given their interests, experiences, and skills, please submit your application materials by November 30th. You are encouraged to submit materials as early as possible; however, applications will not be reviewed until after the deadline. Applicants will not be notified that his or her application has been received. It is incumbent upon each applicant to ensure the receipt of their complete application by the deadline by contacting APPIC directly.

Applicants will be notified by mid-December whether or not they have been selected for an interview. If selected, day-long interviews are conducted virtually on two separate dates in mid- to late January. Applicants are interviewed by all members of the Training Committee as well as other members of the Management Team. In addition, applicants will have the opportunity to meet with the current doctoral interns and inquire about life as an intern at The HCCAC in a more informal setting.  Finally, the applicants will receive virtual webinar of The Children's Assessment Center.

 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: Yes
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: Yes, by start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 50
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
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree 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: N/A
Other Requirements:
Program Description

The Harris County Children's Assessment Center (HCCAC) accepts two full-time interns for a 12-month internship, which begins September 1st and ends August 31st, who must be currently enrolled in a doctoral program in psychology (Clinical, Counseling, or School Psychology).  The internship is both therapy- and assessment-oriented which provides interns with supervised experience in psychotherapy, psychological assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning, consultation services, case management, and crisis intervention.  In addition to developing clinical skills, interns are encouraged to participate in educational seminars, conferences, and community outreach endeavors.

The HCCAC is a multidisciplinary institution with a mission to promote the complete healing of child victims of sexual abuse, as well as their families. Once sexual abuse has been disclosed, children needing therapeutic treatment or psychological testing are referred to The HCCAC’s Therapy and Psychological (T&P) services department. The T&P team consists of two licensed psychologists, one part-time licensed psychologist, two doctoral psychology interns, master’s level mental health clinicians, and interns with backgrounds in Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition, psychiatric services for evaluation, consultation, and ongoing medication management are available when necessary.

Common treatment modalities include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), family systems, and psychodynamic therapy. Other approaches may incorporate experiential and expressive components, such as art, sand tray, and animal assisted therapies. Due to the diverse needs of our clientele, Spanish/English bilingual clinicians are available for psychological evaluation and all types of therapy. Supervision specifically related to each treatment modality and diverse population, including bilingual psychological evaluation, is provided. Through the use of traditional and expressive therapies, clinicians are better able to provide services individually tailored to meet the needs of clients and their families within a culturally competent framework.

 

 

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students:
International Students:
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness:
Other:

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

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Assessment: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Neuropsychology-Adult:
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Forensics/Corrections: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics:
School: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Counseling:
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: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Integrated health care - specialty: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Other:

Domestic Sex Trafficking Victims

 

 

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at: www.cachouston.org   for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Number of Completed Applications: 21 12 18 13
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 12 10 13 10
Total number of interns: 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 1 1 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1 2 1
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 17 4 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 34 11 10
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 0 0 1 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 2 1 0 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 1 2
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 0 0 1 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 1 0 1 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0