Saint John's Child and Family Development Center (CFDC) provides training in clinical child and adolescent psychology in a multicultural community mental health setting within the larger Saint John’s Hospital. Over the course of the training year, interns develop skills that allow them to determine whether evidence gathered through direct clinical interaction supports or contradicts the applicability of normative research findings to particular clinical cases. Interventions are then developed and modified accordingly.
The internship program promotes skill development within the nine primary areas of profession wide competencies (1) Research and Integration of Science and Practice (2) Ethical and Legal Standards (3) Individual and Cultural Diversity (4) Professional Values, Attitudes, and Behaviors (5) Communication and Interpersonal Skills (6) Assessment (7) Intervention (8) Supervision (9) Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills.
Psychology Interns are trained and obtain certification in a number of Evidence-Based Treatment approaches. Interns are provided with opportunities to work in various departments and clinics within the Center. These include Outpatient program, Birth-to-Five, School-based Ind/Family Therapy, and Youth Development Project.
Interns also might participate in select Hospital clinics, offering consultation to families coping with parental cancer, Cleft Palate Clinic, and newly developing Bariatric Comprehensive Center.
Interns attend 4 weekly seminars and clinical team meetings addressing Psychotherapy, Assessment, Consultation/Liaison, and Professional Development. Interns receive a min of 4 hours of supervision each week from licensed psychologists, including Bilingual psychologists. In order to complete the internship requirements interns need to receive 2,000 hours of supervised clinical experience by the end of the internship year. Supervision is based on the Integrated Developmental Model (Stoltenberg, McNeill & Delworth, 1998) and Competency-Based Models. All supervisors and doctoral interns are trained in the above supervision models.
Spanish-Speaking Doctoral Psychology Interns are provided with ongoing additional trainings and support relevant to their bilingual practice. We maintain a strong commitment to the provision of culturally relevant training and supervision experience for bilingual psychology interns. We match Spanish Speaking Psychology Interns with Spanish Speaking clinical and psychological assessment supervisors. In addition, Spanish-Speaking Doctoral Psychology Interns are provided with ongoing "Bilingual Consultation Group."
Please refer to our website for further program description: http://california.providence.org/saint-johns/services/child-and-family-development-center/services-and-programs/internship-training-program/