Program Information: Therapeutic Services

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1572
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: Momentous Institute
Department: Therapeutic Services
Address: 9705 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas, Texas 75220
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX MSA
Distance from Major City:
Phone: 214-915-4798x
Fax:
Email: gsanford@momentousinstitute.org
Web Address: http://www.momentousinstitute.org/
Brochure Website's Address: http://www.momentousinstitute.org/services/service/training
Primary Agency Type: Community Mental Health Center
Additional Agency Types:
  • Community Mental Health Center
Member of APPIC since:
Accreditation
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Garica Sanford
Chief Psychologist:
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: 07/07/2022
Funded
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 3
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Stipend
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 30000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dissertation Release Time, Dental Insurance, Health Insurance, Licensing Exam Release Time, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave, Vacation
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Momentous Institute offers comprehensive benefit packages to all staff which are detailed in the program manual. Additional benefits for trainees include individual office space and supplies, agency laptop, mileage reimbursement, access to electronic journal databases, and complimentary tickets to the agency's annual Changing the Odds Conference and the AT&T Byron Nelson Golf Tournament to name a few.
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site Please see training brochure.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
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: 11/05/2021 11:59 PM EST
Application Due Date Time Zone:
This program uses the AAPI: Yes, with additions
An onsite interview is:
  • Optional
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: 12/10/2021
Tentative interview date:
Interview process description:

Applicants interested in our program are strongly encouraged to visit our website to obtain the most updated program brochure. The 2022- 2023 program brochure will be available by August 15, 2021 and can be found here: https://momentousinstitute.org/services/clinical-training . 

All applicants will be notified about whether we will be able to invite them for an interview no later than Friday, December 10, 2021. Applicants will be notified by email if they are invited for an interview.

We typically utilize a group interview format whereas one applicant meets with one to three groups of staff that consists of the Psychology Training Committee, current trainees and other members of our clinical team (1 student w/ a group of 3-7 staff).

Given the evolving circumstances connected to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the organization will plan to offer options for virtual interviews. A decision about whether on-site/in-person interviews will be offered has not yet been decided. We hope to make this decision by October 1st; tentative interview dates will also be identified by this date as well. Detailed information about the interview format will be provided when applicants are notified that they have been selected for an interview. 

 

In addition to the group interviews, the site will offer an optional virtual open house if there is not an option for in-person/on-site interviews. The open house is an opportunity for students to receive additional information about the site and allow students to meet and asks questions to internship supervisors.

After interviews are completed, the Psychology Training Committee and all staff who participated in the process meet within a week after the last interview day to determine applicant rankings. The full application package and information gathered from the interview process will be utilized to determine applicant rankings. As a member of APPIC, Momentous Institute participates in the national internship matching process by submitting its applicant rankings to the National Matching Service.

Applicants are required to follow the guidelines developed by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).  Notification of all applicants selected for an internship offer will follow APPIC guidelines.  Please read these guidelines carefully so that you understand the requirements of the uniform notification procedure. APPIC match policies can be accessed at http://www.appic.org/Match/Match-Policies.

Momentous Institute maintains a policy of non-discrimination for all employees and applicants in every facet of the organization’s operations.  Momentous Institutes hires, trains, and promotes all qualified employees without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, military status, disability, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation. 

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs: Baylor University; University of Georgia; Louisiana Tech University; University of California Santa Barbara; Oklahoma State University; Marquette University; Wheaton College; Fuller Theological Seminary; Texas Woman's University; Our Lady of the Lake; Adler School of Professional Psychology; Spalding University; Argosy University (Phoenix); University of Texas - Austin; University of North Texas; George Fox University; University of Oregon, Regent University
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: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by ranking deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours: 250
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours:
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required:
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited
Non-Accredited Not 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:
Program Description

The APA-accredited Doctoral Internship in Professional Psychology is an organized behavioral health and community service training program that provides supervised experiences in all aspects of community based counseling activities and functions. Momentous Institute places a strong and continuing emphasis on training activities. Internship experiences are well integrated into the agency as a whole.

Training staff and previous trainees believe that Momentous Institute offers unique training opportunities in the following areas:

  • Systemic work within a community based setting via multiple modalities (i.e. individual, family, play therapy, couples, group therapies)
  • Diverse client population (SES, ethnicity, sexaual orientation, religion)
  • Broad range of clinical and training activities provided by the intern's involvement in different clinical settings
  • An opportunity to learn more about postmodern approaches, practice them, and perhaps incorporate them into their therapeutic orientation
  • Psychological testing program that offers opportunities to enhance assessment skills with children and adolescents
  • A democratic style of organization which provides first-hand experience in the decision-making and planning involved in a behavioral health services agency functioning
  • An opportunity to develop supervision skills through peer consultation of fellow trainees
  • An exceptional training facility including a large digital library, rooms designed and equipped for teamwork/live observation or supervision with two-way mirrors and digital taping
  • A work schedule and staff support to complete a dissertation
  • A training environment which cultivates collaboration, mutual respect, and professional development.

The internship year is a major milestone in the journey to become a psychologist. In order to have a successful internship year, we believe it is important for interns to choose an internship program that aligns with their professional goals. In order to understand what our program has to offer, we strongly encourage you to read through our entire internship brochure, visit our website, and review our profile in the APPIC directory online.

Applicants must be current doctoral students in a professional psychology training program that is accredited by the American Psychological Association. These programs should have coursework and practicum experiences that emphasize a systemic framework and psychological assessment. Unfortunately, applicants from programs with an accreditation status of “On Probation” by APA will not be considered. 

 In order to be considered for an interview, applicants must meet the following qualifications: 

  • successful  completion of at least the equivalent of four semesters of supervised practicum courses in counseling/ psychotherapy;
  • completion of all graduate coursework by the start of internship;
  •  passing score on qualifying/comprehensive examinations by rank deadline
  • working toward  their dissertation defense and successfullyproposed by the start of internshiip; and
  • minimal of 250 intervention hours  at the time the application is submitted.

In addition to these qualifications, all applicants must have completed at least 5 integrated assessments by the time their application is submitted. As defined by APPIC, the definition of an integrated report is a report which includes a review of history, results of an interview and at least two psychological tests from one or more of the following categories: personality measures, intellectual tests, cognitive tests, and neuropsychological tests. Please carefully review this explanation because it answers the question of what should be included in a report in order to have it satisfy the requirement of an integrated report.

Given the nature of the testing referrals we receive, at least three of the integrated reports must include a full cognitive measure, and at least one report must include an academic measure to be considered for an interview. Experience with a full acheivment measure such as the WIAT-III or WJ-ACH IV versus experience wihth only abbreviated measures such as the WRAT are preferred. Additionally, applicants who have experience administering and interpreting objective and projective social/emotional measures are preferred but not required (i.e. BASC-3, Robert's Story, Thematic Apperception Test, MMPI-A). Applicants who have not completed the minimal number of psychological assessments will typically not be considered for an interview.   

Per APPIC policies, only clinical services provided to actual patients can be counted in the intervention and assessment categories (simulated patient scenarios should not be captured in these categories).

In consideration of the current COVID-19 global pandemic, we encourage interested students who have been unable to obtain the minimum hours and integrated assessment expectations due to COVID-19 to still apply to our program, particularly if it is expected that these desired expectations will be met by the time we host interviews in January. Students are specifically asked to address this in their cover letter. Students who would like additional information or have questions should reach out to the Training Director.

 

Desirable Applicant Characteristics

The training staff encourages applications from individuals whom:

  1.  are interested in competency based approaches to therapy.
  2.  are interested in collaboration and learning in a community.
  3.  are willing to open themselves to differing perspectives and questions of how one’s constructions of reality affect therapy
  4. are interested in the relationship between power and knowledge, especially in the realm of gender, race and other facets of priveleged identities.

are aware to how one’s ethics are demonstrated in practice.

  1.  are sensitive to issues of human diversity.
  2.  are interested in family therapy.
  3.  are interested in gaining experience in assessment from early childhood through adolescence.
  4.  are interested in program development within a community context.

Our training program highlights and values diversity; therefore, we closely review applicant’s materials for various aspects of diversity and diversity-related values/experiences. Candidates from diverse backgrounds (i.e. ethnicity, spiritual/religion, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) are particularly encouraged to apply. Additionally, given that we serve a large Spanish speaking population, we also encourage students who are bilingual in this language to apply.

Momentous Institute and the Salesmanship Club of Dallas are equal opportunity employers. It is the policy of both corporations that all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, transferring and terminating will be made without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, military status, disability, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

 

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Internship Training Opportunities

Populations

Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Adults: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults: Yes
Inpatients:
Outpatients: Yes
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking:
Deaf/Hearing-impaired:
Students: Yes
International Students:
Rural:
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes
Other:

Treatment Modalities

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

Experience

Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
HIV/AIDS:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Developmental Disabilities: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Assessment: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Neuropsychology-Adult:
Neuropsychology-Child:
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Trauma/PTSD: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Sexual Abuse: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Substance Use Disorders:
Forensics/Corrections:
Sexual Offenders:
Geropsychology:
Pediatrics:
School: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Counseling: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Feminist Therapy:
Religion/Spirituality: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Empirically-Supported Treatments: EMPHASIS (31% to 49%)
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Supervision: EXPERIENCE (21% to 30%)
Research: EXPOSURE (1% to 20%)
Administration:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:
Other:

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: http://www.momentousinstitute.org/  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: 72 62 68 0
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 29 27 29 0
Total number of interns: 3 3 3 0
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 3 3 3 0
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 2 2 3 0
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 1 1 0 0
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs: 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program 1 1 1 0
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 1 2 1 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 1 (Combined) 0 1 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 12 15 6 0
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 36 40 21 0
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: 3 2 3 3 0
Community Mental Health Center: 1 1 1 2 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: 1 1 0 1 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 1 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: 1 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 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 1 0 0 0