Program Information: Psychology Internship Program

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1151
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health
Department: Psychology Internship Program
Address: 1950 South Sunwest Lane
Suite 200
San Bernardino, California 92408
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA MSA
Distance from Major City: 50 miles east of Los Angeles
Phone: 909-252-4010x
Fax: 909-252-4055
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • State/County/Other Public Hospital
  • Other
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Michael Finlay
Chief Psychologist: Michael Finlay
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 10
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 1
Position Information
Start Date: 07/05/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 8
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 34960
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Health Insurance, Sick Leave,
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): The program will meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act in regards to health insurance. Health insurance (intern paid) is available through the County's group insurance plan. Unpaid time can be allocated for dissertation defense, graduation ceremonies, conferences, etc, as they may apply. 24 hours of paid sick leave is allocated.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Interns typically start their day at 8:00 AM, and end approximately 5:00 to 6:00 PM, Monday-Thursday, at their assigned clinic. Fridays (typically 8:00-2:00) are focused on group supervision and group training activities with the Training Director. The typical day varies somewhat, but common activities are: Intake assessments; individual and group therapy; psychological testing; attending treatment team meetings; individual supervision; chart documentation; and working on a research/evaluation project.
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: 11/13/2021 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: 12/17/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/04/2022
Interview process description:

Applications should include APPI with cover letter and 3 Letters of Recommendation. Interviews are conducted on 4 dates in January; specific date/time is determined once an invitation to interview has been extended. Interviews will be conducted using videoconferencing technology. No in-person interviews will be offered at this time. Applicants that are offered an interview will also be invited to a virtual open house where they will have an opportunity to meet with the Training Director, some training staff, and current interns. Candidates will interview with panels composed of approximately 1-2 supervisors and a current intern. Candidates will be able to meet and interview with most of not all of the program's supervisors. There will be ample opportunity to meet/talk with current interns separately as well. Contacting the training director by phone or email with questions as needed is ALWAYS acceptable and encouraged.


How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Current Interns: Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Irvine, CA (3); Alliant University, San Diego, CA; Adler University, Chicago, IL; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA.
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: 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 start of internship
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours:
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 3
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Not Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited 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: All staff and interns are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or obtain a medical or religious exemption. Individuals with a medical or religious exemption are currently required to undergo weekly testing. Masks are currently required for all unvaccinated employees at all times and for all individuals regardless of vaccine status when working with clients. Masking policies will continue to follow CDC, State, and local guidelines. Vaccines, testing, and masks are provided at no cost. Please contact the program with questions for the most update to date information regarding policies on masking and vaccines.
Program Description

See our Online Brochure at the website listed for all program details. Feel free to contact Training Director by phone or email with questions. Interns can apply for one of two separate training tracks, each being a yearlong rotation with supplemental experience throughout the Department: A Outpatient track or a Forensic Track. Clinical requirements are set for the year (e.g., 340 therapy hours, 50 hours of assessment -see brochure). Interns receive two individual hours of supervision each week (One hour clinical, one-hour testing). Interns meet with the Training Director each week for two hours of group supervision and two hours of didactic seminar. Interns can attend live, Department-sponsored trainings throughout the year, and have access to a 24-7 online library of trainings.  Interns attend a weekly countertransference learning and sharing group.

The program aims to help interns to understand human behavior in all its aspects so that abnormal behavior is a subset of that total, and intervention is individualized to each client's specific dynamics and habits. Understanding one's own motives and emotions is viewed as necessary for depth-oriented therapists. Understanding case-conceptualization, not just intervention, is emphasized. Supervisor orientations are varied, but most are psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, or eclectic/integrative. The Department, like all other California county mental health departments, uses a mental health recovery vision of care, focusing on client empowerment and involvement.  Shorter-term and group treatment are typical, but longer-term cases are also possible. All interns in outpatient rotations will work with children and adolescents, and with adult populations. Psychological testing is a major component here, and prior experience and comfort with testing are essential.

Professionalism is of paramount importance in our program. We believe that growing into the role of a psychologist involves interns presenting themselves at all times in a professional manner with consumers, peers, and supervisors alike. Receptivity to constructive criticism, openness to supervisory input, and maintaining a positive and respectful demeanor and attitude are greatly valued and expected during the internship. Interns who may struggle in these areas will be supported to address personal issues that may be interfering with the various demands of internship. Humility is a quality highly prized in interns by all staff in our Department, and professionalism and respect for others are viewed as equal in importance to clinical skill and work.

Interns have the opportunity to work on multidisciplinary teams, and with interns from other disciplines. Interns will have the chance to practice supervision-like activities during the second rotation. The Department has a long tradition of intern training -a typical year sees about 40-50 interns and students of various disciplines here to receive training. Our department staff, as well as the populations served, are richly diverse.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other: experience varies depending on assignment

Treatment Modalities

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


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

Completion of 5 psychological testing batteries/reports is a requirement; therefore, comfort with and knowledge of major psychological tests is important.

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: 111 114 150 142 195
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 32 32 51 49 54
Total number of interns: 6 6 6 6 6
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 6 6 6 6 6
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 0 0 3 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 6 6 3 6
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 6 6 6 6 6
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 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 0 3 0 4 1
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 145 37 164 105 3
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 2 0 0 1 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 0 0 1 2
Community Mental Health Center: 3 0 2 1 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 1 2 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 1 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 1 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 1 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 1
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 2 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 2 0 2 1 1
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 4 1 0 0