Program Information: Psychology Internship Training Program

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1327
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Danielsen Institute at Boston University
Department: Psychology Internship Training Program
Address: 185 Bay State Road
Boston, Massachusetts 02215-1584
Country: United States
Metro Area: Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
Distance from Major City: 2
Phone: 617-353-3047
Fax: 617-353-5539
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Other
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
  • Private Outpatient Clinic
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: David Rupert
Chief Psychologist: George Stavros
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 5
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 2
Position Information
Start Date: 09/01/2022
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 35580
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Access to university resources, e.g., library, email/internet, fitness facility (fees apply for fitness center).
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site We have been utilizing telehealth (secure video) services and training during the pandemic, but expect to have both in-person and telehealth services in the future if we can do so safely. We have approximately 14 hours for meetings and supervision in a full week. Interns have an assigned time for testing, supervision, and certain meetings, and are expected to work 2 nights per week; otherwise interns make their own schedule for clients and paperwork. There is room to start early or stay late if you prefer.
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: 11/01/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes
An onsite interview is:
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/06/2021
Tentative interview date: 01/07/2022
Interview process description:

We interview several candidates on the same day using a rotation system.  Each applicant has 3 interviews with different staff teams (one intern applicant, several staff), a meeting with current interns, and an exit interview with the Training Director. The interviews are structured (same general questions for all applicants) and last about 35 - 40 minutes apiece. We use open-ended questions that invite you to share your interests, prior experiences, strengths, and learning needs/goals.  You will be asked to reflect on your identity and values in relation to working with identity, values, and diversity in clinical practice.

We plan to utilize video interviews for this application season. Applicants who wish to visit the clinic in person should feel free to contact our administrative staff to arrange a brief, informal visit. If we there is enough interest, we may host a open house in as well.

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: 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 application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 150
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours: 20
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 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:
Other Requirements: Readiness for training that attends to spiritual/existential issues; experience with relational/psychodynamic psychotherapy; investment in cultural competence/humility; facility with testing including Rorschach admin/scoring (R-PAS)
Program Description


Internship at the Danielsen Institute at Boston University is a one-year full-time program focusing on the development of clinical skills (psychotherapy, assessment, case consultation) and the integration of psychological perspectives with religious/spiritual/existential perspectives. The theoretical orientation of the training program is relational/psychodynamic, and draws from theory and research on attachment, differentiation, intersubjectivity, and relational psychotherapy. Our Relational Spirituality Model also emphasizes systems dynamics, cultural humility and social justice, religious/spiritual/existential themes, traditions, and issues, neuroscience perspectives on trauma, and therapist formation. Our approach to spirituality is pluralistic and includes attention to spiritual dwelling and seeking, positive and negative impacts of religion, dialectics, and crucible processes.

The internship is based upon a reflective-practitioner model of training that seeks to integrate local knowledge, clinical wisdom, and cultural/diversity factors with current research and theory. We value research as an essential resource for learning and clinical accountability. We also value experiential learning, critical reflection, collaboration/consultation, deliberate practice, and therapist formation. Formation refers to the personal growth, development, and support of the therapist alongside the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Interns will be asked to reflect upon their personal history and identity as relevant to developing their capacity to work effectively with issues of identity and diversity.

Our interns typically extend their training at the Institute by transitioning into a second year as postdoctoral fellows. The internship program and the internship match are separate experiences/processes.  We prefer internship applications from candidates who have a strong interest in the option for additional training after internship. 

If public saftey permits, we expect to operate primarily with in-person services and training in 2022-23. We also expect to offer some telehealth services.

Internship Training Opportunities


Adults: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Individual Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Couples Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention:
Crisis Intervention:
Brief Psychotherapy: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Long-term Psychotherapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice:
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :
Other: Attachment, differentiation, intersubjectivity, culture, and systems in an overarching relational/dynamic approach


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Developmental Disabilities:
Assessment: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Trauma/PTSD: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Sexual Offenders:
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments:
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Spiritual and existential issues and themes in clinical practice from a pluralistic framework.



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: 65 63 62 75 91
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 12 12 12 12 12
Total number of interns: 2 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 2 2 2
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 1 1 1 0 1
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 1 2 1
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 2 2 2 2 2
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 15 10 7 2 5
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 19 15 8 4 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: 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 2 2 2 2 2
Community Mental Health Center: 0 0 0 0 0
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 0 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 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 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 0 0 0 0
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0