Program Information: Psychology Internship Program/Clinical Intern Program

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1148
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Pacific Clinics
Department: Psychology Internship Program/Clinical Intern Program
Address: Pacific Clinics
Clinical Intern Training Department
2550 E. Foothill Blvd.
Pasadena, California 91107
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA
Distance from Major City: 12 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles
Phone: 626-463-1021x1459
Fax: 626-578-0948
Email: varomero@pacificclinics.org
Web Address: http://www.pacificclinics.org
Brochure Website's Address: https://www.pacificclinics.org/sites/default/files/documents/2022-2023_PacificClinicsPsychologyInternshipBrochure.pdf
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: Valeria Romero
Chief Psychologist: Elizabeth Jenks
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 18
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 7
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 32240
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Major holidays off, Free EAP Services, free pre-licensure requirement coursework, educational reimbursement for training and resource materials
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Pacific Clinics is a singular agency with multiple service locations/sites. Some locations provide services across the life-span and others serve only a single population, such as children, TAY, or adults. Each intern has a primary placement and a secondary placement, and because Pacific Clinics has multiple training locations in Los Angeles County interns might be placed at two different locations within the agency. The intern's office, primary supervisor, and 10 to 13 hours of direct service each week are at the primary placement. The secondary placement is designed to broaden experience with clinical populations, client age ranges, supervisory styles, and clinic operations. The intern has four to six hours of direct service and community work attached to the secondary placement. Interns could to be on site five days a week. We are have transitioned to a hybrid model of service delivery and all interns will be expected to provide services in the office and in the field. Some trainings could remain remote only. In addition to direct service the rest of the interns week consists of supervision, workshops, seminars, trainings, case conferences, case management, study, research/consultation, supervision of supervision, and charting. These activities are currently occurring via Zoom with the potential for some or all to continue this format going forward. Direct service may include intake evaluations, mental health screenings, psychological testing (administration), individual and family therapy, group or multifamily group therapy, and time limited therapy. Included in the direct service hours is the supervision of a practicum student. During the assessment rotation, the weekly schedule includes test administration, interpretation of test results, writing reports, charting, treatment planning, and other clerical activities. During the research and consultation rotation the weekly schedule includes research team meetings, consultation meetings, and other activities depending on the selected project.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
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: 11/01/2021 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: 01/04/2022
Interview process description:

Selection for interviews is based on multiple factors including prior experience in Community Mental Health, Intervention and Assessment experience, strength of cover letter and essays, and experience with and a passion for working with clients with severe mental illness. 300 or close to 300 Intervention hours is requested (considerations related to impact of COVID-19 will be made).  100 or close to 100 Assessment hours are requested (considerations related to impact of COVID-19 will be made). Applicants are recommended to address impact on hours related to COVID-19 in cover letter. If selected for an interview we will ask you to submit a redacted psychological assessment report.

Interviews are scheduled on a first come/first serve basis. We will not be conducting in person interviews. Interviews will take place via Zoom or similar platform. Interviews are both group and individual and require a 90-minute time frame. Group interviews are with the training director and focus on the various aspects of the internship itself (training philosophy, etc.) Interviewees meet with at least 3 supervisors, which provides the applicants opportunity to meet with primary and other training supervisors.  Applicants are asked to respond to general questions related to their training, cultural competency, clinical experience and specifically experience in community mental health, and 1-2 vignettes. Applicants will also be offered a time for Q & A with our current interns for one hour.

 

How to obtain application info: Email the Program
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: We have matched with interns from all over the country who have a strong passion for community mental health.
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 ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 300
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 Not 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: Final appointment of applicants to the internship positions at Pacific Clinics is contingent on matched applicants passing local and federal clearances. Out of state interns will be required to complete the fingerprinting process in the state of California by June of 2022. Please note that interns are required to have valid drivers licenses in the United States, a personal vehicle, and must have three years of clean driving record. Pacific Clinics is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Program Description

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.

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:
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: Children in foster placement

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Group Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Community Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Consultation/Liaison: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Crisis Intervention: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Brief Psychotherapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision of Practicum students : Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Other: Substance Abuse

Experience

Health Psychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
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:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Pediatrics: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
School: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Counseling: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Public Policy/Advocacy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Supervision: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Research: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Administration: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Integrated health care - primary: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
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.pacificclinics.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: 264 270 140 132 293
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 93 73 55 50 64
Total number of interns: 9 9 7 7 7
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 9 9 7 7 7
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 2 4 2
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 8 8 5 3 5
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 9 8 6 7 6
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 1 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 0 1 0 0 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 3 1 1 3 3
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 93 60 21 36 37
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 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 6 2 2 4 5
Community Mental Health Center: 3 4 6 4 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 1 1
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 1 0 2 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 2
General Hospital: 0 0 0 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 1
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 1 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 1
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 2 2 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 1 1 0 1
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0