Pacific Clinics is one of the largest community behavioral health care agencies in the Western United States with 70 service locations across Southern California. Our clinics are located in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, and San Bernardino counties. The internship is housed in Los Angeles County only. We provide outpatient services to adults, older adults, families, children, transitional age youth, and adolescents. In addition, the Agency operates many special programs such as medication clinics, intensive case management, child abuse treatment and prevention programs, a mobile geriatric team, homeless outreach services and dual diagnosis treatment programs. Many programs are designed to engage persons with chronic and persistent mental illness, based on the belief that state-of-the-art services promoting recovery and wellness can help consumers make a difference in their lives. Pacific Clinics’ Core Values affirm that we exist as an organization to assure that individuals and families reach the highest level of functioning and the best quality of life possible for them, the consumer is our top priority, family and friends are essential to the recovery process, consumers and family members should play an important part in determining treatment, cultural competence is essential, and that Pacific Clinics staff is our most valuable asset.
Pacific Clinics has offered psychology intern training for over 50 years, and has a strong commitment to training. The intern program has been APA-accredited since February of 1988 and is accredited to 2027. The clinical psychology intern training program has a community service emphasis; consistent with the core values of community mental health and geared to the challenges typically confronted by psychologists in these types of settings. The intern receives supervised practical experience in intakes, psychological assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning, case management, and psychotherapy with a wide range of individuals of varying ages and mental health disorders. Interns choose a primary rotation that focuses on work with either adults or children. In addition, interns are exposed to issues and skill development in community/clinical psychology such as community consultations, system concerns, and indirect psychological services. There are other practical experiences available in specific programs, which are described within our brochure. The internship offers the possibility of specialized training in such areas as family therapy, treatment of adults with SMI, children exposed to trauma, treatment of older adults and the homeless, psychological assessment, applied research, and intensive treatment programs. Interns are given significant responsibility in their clinical work, which is accompanied by considerable support and supervision to maximize learning.