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This internship will accept applications from students attending American Psychological Association (APA) accredited graduate programs. Preference is given to applicants who have completed their dissertations prior to the start of internship. To be internship-eligible for this site, by the start of internship, applicants will have 1) Completed at least three years of graduate study in psychology, 2) Received approval for internship readiness by his/her doctoral program training director, 3) Completed 400 supervised direct intervention hours, 4) Produced at least five integrated assessment reports, 5) Administered, Scored and written integrated reports using data from at least three Wechsler Intelligence Scales (child or adult) and three personality assessment measures (e.g. MMPI, PAI), 6) Conducted at least ten intake assessments. To supplement the APPIC application, we request all applicants submit one integrated testing report which includes a clinical interview, and test interpretation on measures administered and scored by the applicant. Tests administered should include an intelligence test and a personality measure.
Because there is nearly a full year of experience to be gained between the application submission and the start of the internship, we ask that applicants detail their anticipated clinical experience on the APPIC application. For example, applicants should include the various assessment measures they expect to administer, and anticipated hours. Additionally, if applicants anticipate scoring/interpreting assessment results and producing integrated reports, this should also be detailed. Group and individual treatment and anticipated hours should be reported as well. This level of detail will provide our application review team with a better representation of each applicant.
At this internship, interns provide services focusing on symptom reduction, crisis management, recidivism reduction and aftercare to incarcerated individuals at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility and at the Century Regional Detention Center. The population served may be diagnosed with severe/persistent mental disorders, mood disorders, and PTSD. A large majority of our clients present with co-occurring disorders. In the course of their work, interns conduct clinical assessments for diagnostics, treatment and aftercare needs, with a focus on reintegration into the community. Group and individual treatment utilizes a number of evidence-based techniques and may include Seeking Safety, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), DBT, and CBT. Supervisors have been trained in a range of theoretical orientations. A minimum of two hours per week is spent in individual supervision and an additional two hours per week is spent in group supervision in accordance with American Psychological Association (APA) requirements. Formal training includes weekly didactic sessions, evidence-based practices seminars and various relevant training offered by the Los Angeles County (LAC). In addition, interns are offered additional training opportunities such as case conferences, staffing meetings, Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds and outside training through LAC. Bilingual/Multilingual candidates are encouraged to apply. Please note that we do not offer training in formal psychological assessment. Our focus is on clinical assessment, risk assessment, treatment and preparation for return to the community. Recruitment for, and acceptance into, the internship program conforms to the Los Angeles County Policy of Equity (http://file.lacounty.gov/bos/supdocs/070111_Equity.pdf) and all APPIC selection rules.