JCCA’s psychology internship program has been sponsored by JCCA since 1970 and has been approved by the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation since 1991. The 12-month, full-time psychology internship program is open to advanced pre-doctoral psychology students in clinical, school and counseling psychology programs. Our practice is based on the science of psychology which, in turn, is influenced by the professional practice of psychology. The training program is sequential, cumulative, and graded in complexity.
JCCA accepts six interns each year: three at the Westchester Residential Treatment site in Pleasantville, New York, one at the Brooklyn Foster Home Services site, and two at the Bronx Foster home site. Although there is only one application, we have three separate match numbers, so applicants have the opportunity to rank any number of individual sites, or to rank all three. Applicants may indicate site preference in their cover letter, but if invited for an interview will have the opportunity to be considered for all three sites.
Regardless of site placement, the goal of the internship is to train psychologists to work with children and families to develop and refine a broad set of professional competencies. Our primary training objective is to prepare interns for future clinical practice in child and adolescent psychology. Furthermore, our interns leave their training year with a comprehensive understanding of the child welfare system and the specific needs of the children and families who function within this system. More generally, our graduating interns are fully prepared to recognize, understand and address the impact of the complex trauma that youth and families in underserved populations encounter. We recognize that there is a need for more trained clinicians to address the unique needs of such youth.
JCCA’s Westchester Campus offers various residential treatment programs for youth. The campus’ location in a suburban town within Westchester County, approximately 30 miles north of Manhattan and outside of the five boroughs, makes it unique from the other two internship locations. Interns match to the campus as a whole, with Edenwald Center (EC) and Pleasantville Cottage School (PCS) serving as primary placements for campus trainees. Trainees are assigned to either EC or PCS for their training year, with strong consideration given to each intern’s preference; this assignment begins in the summer before the internship starts. Edenwald Center serves youth who have diagnoses related to developmental delays and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder and are also experiencing severe emotional and/or behavioral difficulties. PCS serves youth with severe emotional and behavioral difficulties.
The Foster Boarding Home Programis located in two separate offices: a commercial/residential area in the Bronx, and the Flatbush/Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. Both foster programs serve infants, children and teens living in foster homes. The FHS psychology department in each site exists within a rich multidisciplinary setting, including psychiatric and medical staff, education specialists, social workers and case planners, among others. Interns are highly valued and integrated members of the multidisciplinary team.
Although interns are placed in three separate locations, the intern class comes together weekly for seminars, training, and additional group supervision. In this way, interns benefit not only from their supervisors and the on-site interdisciplinary team, but from one another as well.
JCCA is committed to the safety of all staff and clients, and is adhering to all CDC and local guidelines during the COVID 19 pandemic. During the 2020-2021 training year, interns are engaging in a hybrid of clinical interventions, both on site and remote. All interns are being fully trained in tele-health as a clinical modality in and of itself. Our residential facility offers opportunities for some remote work, as well as face-to-face, outdoor interventions and large spaces for socially distanced clinical work. Interns in our foster home facilities have access to large indoor spaces for some on-site interventions, as well as remote interventions with a large number of their therapy cases. While we do not know exactly what the 2022 training year will look like, interns in the Brooklyn and Bronx offices should anticipate being on site at least part time, and interns on the Westchester campus should anticipate being on site full time. All decisions related to on site work are subject to change, and we anticipate case-by-case exceptions to policy, as our priority continues to be ensuring the safety of all involved.
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