Program Information: Training Program

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1143
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Child and Family Guidance Center
Department: Training Program
Address: 9650 Zelzah Avenue
Northridge, California 91325-2003
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 818-739-5344
Fax: 818-993-8206
Email: training@childguidance.org
Web Address: http://www.childguidance.org
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.childguidance.org/portfolio/apa-accredited-psychology-doctoral-internship/
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Susan Hall-Marley PhD
Chief Psychologist: Susan Hall-Marley PhD
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 14
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 5
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 37000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): 5 days (40 hours) of Professional Leave
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns' daily schedules tend to vary depending on the scheduling demands of the major and minor assignments they elect (for more detail, see our on-line internship description at www.childguidance.org). During a typical 40-hour week, interns spend approximately half of their time in direct service to clients (individual, family and group psychotherapy, testing, etc.). The remaining time is spent in supervision (4-6 hours/week), seminars/didactics (6 hours/week), documentation, case consultation, and crisis intervention. Due to health and safety concerns related to the Covid19 pandemic, our center has transitioned to telehealth via Zoom as the primary means of service delivery (both intervention and assessment). Similarly, staff meetings, seminars, and supervision are also via Zoom. In-person services, when appropriate and necessary as determined on a case by case basis, may be provided on site following the current safety protocols. As time progresses, we are moving toward a "hybrid" type of scheduling in which interns and staff will split their work hours between in-person and online (Zoom) activity.
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:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/10/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

All applicants must participate in an individual interview.  Due to concerns related to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic, all interviews will be conducted virtually via Zoom.  All applicants are interviewed by the Director of Training or the Assistant Director of Training, although other training supervisors may participate in some interviews as well.  The interviews take approximately 60 to 90 minutes. 

Once we have completed a preliminary review of applications, those candidates we wish to interview will be contacted by email with a request that they contact us to schedule an interview.  We will be conducting interviews between mid-December and the end of January.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Nova Southeastern Univ., Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Pepperdine Univ., Argosy Univ., Roosevelt Univ., Carlos Albizu Univ. (San Juan and Miami), Univ. of Nevada-Las Vegas, Azusa Pacific Univ., Rosemead School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International Univ., USC, UCLA, Univ. of Arizona, Univ. of Texas-Austin, Univ. of Denver, New Mexico State Univ., Fuller Theological Seminary, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Drexel Univ., Indiana State Univ., Loma Linda Univ., Texas Tech Univ., Ohio State Univ., Univ. of Notre Dame, Arizona State Univ., New School for Social Research, Univ. of Kansas, Univ. of Virginia, Univ. of Hartford, Univ. of Mississippi, Univ. of Georgia, Univ. of Washington, Univ. of Minnesota, Univ. of La Verne, Palo Alto University
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: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 100
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
PCSAS-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: Applicants are asked to provide a redacted psychological assessment report, preferably reflecting testing with a child or adolescent. Child and Family Guidance Center requires all employees (including interns) be fully vaccinated re COVID-19.
Program Description

A variety of training opportunities are available within the context of a community mental health setting. Interns receive experience working with a general outpatient population of children and families presenting with a very broad range of presenting pathology, problems, family structures, environmental contexts, abuse and family violence, and so on.  The internship, along with the Center as a whole, has adapted to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic with the primary goal of continuing best practices for care for our clients and minimizing the health risks to vlients, staff, and the community.  CFGC has transitioned to telehealth via Zoom as the primary means of service delivery.  Interns receive substantial training in the virtual provision of services, including both intervention and assessment. Interns provide services primarily remotely via Zoom although in-person services when apropriate and necessary on a case by case basis, may be provided on site following the current safety protocols. In all programs, interns provide individual, family and group therapy. All interns provide psychodiagnostic assessment (testing) and intake evaluations, and participate in a variety of year-long seminar experiences, including the assessment seminar, the clinical issues seminar, cultural competence training, and evidence-based practices training. Supervision is provided by senior staff, and occurs in both one-to-one and small group formats. On average, interns spend 5 to 6 hours each week in supervision. In addition, interns acquire substantial experience functioning within multidisciplinary teams that include psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, education specialists, and a variety of other mental health professionals. The Center serves a diverse population including Latinx, African-American, Asian-American, and Euro-Americans.  At present, the largest ethnic group we serve are Latinx families; thus applicants who are fluent in Spanish as well as English are strongly preferred.  Services are provided to families from a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds, with the majority of the families being Medi-Cal recipients in the lower range of SES. We work with families within the broader community setting, with a major emphasis on coordinating with other resources and agencies. Significant strengths of the internship include dedication to providing high quality of supervision, and the array of clinical options available to interns. Interns receive specialized training in evidence-based practices.  Students from diverse backgrounds, especially those with fluency in Spanish, are encouraged to apply.  Please visit the internship description on our website at https://www.childguidance.org/portfolio/apa-accredited-psychology-doctoral-internship/   for more detailed information about our training and our agency.

Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

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

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
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:
Evidenced Based Practice: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other:

Experience

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

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.childguidance.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: 111 59 58 74 68
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 45 42 42 43 27
Total number of interns: 6 4 5 6 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 4 5 6 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 2 2 3 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 5 2 3 3 4
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 6 4 5 6 4
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 0 0 0 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 9 10 8 8 7
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 65 14 37 83 22
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 1 2 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 1 2 1 3 4
Community Mental Health Center: 3 2 0 2 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 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 2 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: 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 1 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 1 0 0 0