Program Information: La Frontera Center, Inc.

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1110
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Southern Arizona Psychology Internship Center (SAPIC)
Department: La Frontera Center, Inc.
Address: 504 W. 29th St.
Tucson, Arizona 85713
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ
Distance from Major City: 100 miles south of Phoenix
Phone: 520-306-6922
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • University Counseling Center
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Elizabeth Dampsey
Chief Psychologist: Marden Petrie
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 20000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 3 weeks of paid time off (sick and planned), 10 days paid holidays; free trainings through local mental health agencies; EAP
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site The day varies depending on rotation, however, most of our positions are M-F 8-5, 45 hour work weeks, and focused on individual, group, couples, and family therapy, psychological assessments, and interdisciplinary team meetings. Child and Family Services interns will be asked to provide evening hours no less than twice per week.
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? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/15/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/06/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/10/2022
Interview process description:

Applicants are notified by email. Only virtual interviews will be offered (January 10 through 12, 2022). Each interview day will include: 1) Group orientation/presentation and questions - 1.5 hours, 2) Individual interviews with faculty - 30 minutes per interview, 3) Informal meeting with current interns - 1 hour, 4) Recorded tour of site; and 5) (Optional!) Opportunity to meet informally with other faculty and interns.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Palo Alto University, Central Michigan University, SUNY, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and University of Arizona.
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: No
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: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 600
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 0
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 Not Accepted
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:
Other Requirements: Applications must include the AAPI , submission of (1) three professional letters of reference, and (2) a cover letter or brief statement outlining the applicant's interest in SAPIC, his/her career goals, and the rotation(s) that the applicant is most interested in.
Program Description

The SAPIC 2022-2023 Internship Program Structure: interns will be in their "Primary Rotation" about 25 hours for 3 days/week, throughout the year. This will provide a depth of clinical experience and integration into clinical teams. The rotations are: 1) Child & Family Integrated Services (1 intern), 2) Co-occurring Residential Program (Casa de Vida), (1 intern), 3) Adult Therapy Team - Integrated Care (1 intern), and 4) University of Arizona SALT Center (Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques Center (1 intern).  Interns will be placed in a Psychological Evaluation Secondary rotation for 8-10 hours per week 6 months of the year and will choose a secondary rotation for 6 months of the year. The secondary rotations provide a breadth of experience and with each primary and secondary rotation, the intern receives one hour of face-to-face individual supervision with SAPIC faculty. The specific structure of each intern’s year is finalized during the first week of internship. Some possible secondary rotations are: 1) Adult Outpatient Services: brief therapy with adult clients, individual and group therapy,  2) Child and Family Services, and 3) SALT Center, brief therapy with college students with learning challenges. In addition, SAPIC is rich in didactic trainings, 3-5 hours of group supervision and trainings weekly. SAPIC interns are a valuable part of La Frontera and SALT Center’s clinical and professional teams. As such they are expected to present trainings to agency staff through a variety of venues, often tied to an element of program development and/or evaluation. It is SAPIC's intent to meet the interests of each intern as much as possible, but in our environment, specifics are prone to change. Therefore, intern flexibility and a range of interests are welcome! Our faculty are supportive, collegial, and encouraging of personal and professional growth. Please see our website for more information.  Most clinical services will be provided in-person; however, there may be some telehealth services needed for specific populations.  Psychological assessments are provided to clients and community members in-person; there may be some provsion of assessment services via telehealth, depending on the client's needs including technical/computer accessibility, and the availability of onscreen administration of instruments.


Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

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


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

Medically dervied evaluations such as: Bariatric Surgery and Autism/Developmental Disorders.

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:   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: 106 66 74 69 58
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 65 48 53 53 38
Total number of interns: 8 7 7 7 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 8 7 7 7 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 4 3 5 3 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 4 2 4 3
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 8 6 4 6 3
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 2 1 1
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 1 1 0 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 3 1 7 2 6
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 32 39 42 45 36
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 2 2 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 6 2 6 4 0
Community Mental Health Center: 3 2 2 2 1
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 1 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 1 0 2
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
General Hospital: 1 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 1 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 1 1 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 2 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 2 1
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 1
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 2 2 1 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 1 0 1 1 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0