Program Information: YCS Institute

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1251
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Youth Consultation Service
Department: YCS Institute
Address: 60 Evergreen Place, 10th Floor
YCS Institute for Infant & Preschool Mental Health
Dr. Helen May Strauss Clinics
East Orange, New Jersey 07018
Country: United States
Metro Area: New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
Distance from Major City: NYC train 1 block from office; easy access to Newark Airport
Phone: 973-395-0025
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Jason Rodker
Chief Psychologist: Dayna Zatina Egan
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
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: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 23660
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): Attendance at professional conferences is encouraged and could be funded by YCS when opportunities are available. Interns attend a conference co-sponsored by YCS every year. Additionally, in past years, interns have completed a 3-day training on Brazelton Touchpoints and DC:0-5 Diagnosis Training.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsNo
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: 11/28/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/15/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Half day interviews are scheduled on four separate dates. They will occur in January 2022. Interviews are from 9am - 1pm. The invitations for an interview are sent via email on or around 12/15/2021.  We will try to accomodate date preferences but it is not guaranteed.  There is an informal information session in the morning and then two individual interviews.  After the interviews, applicants will have a confidential time to meet with current interns.  There will be an informal lunch and brief tour (if in-person). 

In-person and virtutal interview options will be finalized based on current pandemic realities. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
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: Yes, by start of internship
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: No
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 500
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 40
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required: 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited 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: N/A
Other Requirements: N/A
Program Description

The YCS Institute is currently offering 2 internship tracks: Institute (Early Childhood through age 13) and Bilingual Spanish (Child/Adolescent). Attachment/object relations/ developmental and/or family systems orientations are utilized in assessment and treatment. In the Institute track interns provide individual play therapy, parent consultation, family therapy, dyadic (parent-child) psychotherapy, and group therapy in our outpatient clinic with primarily urban, African American and Latinx children and families. The Bilingual Spanish track is designed for interns who are interested in working primarily with Latinx children and familes. This track will provide experience from infancy through adolescence and adulthood.  In addition to providing outpatient services at their primary site, interns are also required to complete rotations. Therefore, treatment cases can span the ages from birth to adulthood. Similarly, assessment experiences may include work with individuals from birth to 21 years. Assessment batteries include measures of cognition, achievement, and personality functioning (Rorschach training is expected); infant assessment will be acquired. Individual and group supervisions are provided. Interns also participate in weekly didactic seminars and weekly case conferences. Opportunities for consultation projects with senior staff are available.

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
International Students:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Group Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Crisis Intervention: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy:
Long-term Psychotherapy:
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice:
Evidence Based Research:
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: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Neuropsychology-Child: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Serious Mental Illness: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Anxiety Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Supervision: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

The Institute track's major area of study is Early Childhood Mental Health.  The majority of their cases are children ages 0-7, but up to age 13, and their caregivers.  The Bilingual track's major area of study is multicultural therapy with a focus on Spanish-speaking children ages 0-21 and their families.

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: 52 77 59 72 61
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 32 45 32 37 35
Total number of interns: 5 3 4 3 3
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 5 2 3 3 3
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 2 1 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 4 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 4 3 4 1 1
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 1 School/Clinical Combined 0 0 2 School/Clinical Combined 2 School/Clinical Combined
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 10 4 2 15
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 25 11 38 33
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 2 1 1 1
Postdoctoral Fellow: 3 3 1 3 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 4 1 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: 0 0 0 1 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 1 0 0 1
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 1 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 0 0 0 0