Program Information: The Children's Center Utah - Psychology Internship Training Program

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 1596
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Full Membership
Site: The Children's Center Utah
Department: Psychology Internship Training Program
Address: 350 S 400 E
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Distance from Major City: Located in Downtown Salt Lake City
Phone: 801-582-5534x
Fax: 801-582-5540
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: Other
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director & Lead / Director: Samantha Smith
Chief Psychologist: Jennifer Mitchell
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 4
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 08/01/2023
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 4
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 32500
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Dental Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance,
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above): Interns receive 20 days Paid Time Off (PTO)
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical work day might include meeting for individual or group supervision, attending a didactic training or a clinical team meeting, and then seeing approximately two to four family therapy clients and completing subsequent notes. Some days focus more intensely on specific trainings (such as Child Parent Psychotherapy) or on specific activities (such as psychological testing).
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: 11/21/2022 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are:
  • Not Offered
  • Virtual
Interview notification date: N/A
Tentative interview date: 01/10/2023; 01/20/2023
Interview process description:

The Children’s Center Utah's interview process for the 2023-2024 academic year will be entirely remote; no in-person options will be offered at this time. Applicants who might be a good fit will be give two options for dates to attend a full day virtual interview; dates are tentatively scheduled for 01/10/2023 or 01/20/2023. Each applicant who is invited to interview at The Children’s Center Utah will receive an individual interview with our Chief Psychologist (Dr. Jennifer Mitchell). Interviewees will also complete a group interview with approximately three to six other intern applicants, hosted by the five additional members of our Psychology Training Committee. A remote tour of the facility will be also be provided. In addition, a question and answer session with current interns will also be made available for applicants who would like an opportunity to receive additional information about moving to Utah, the internship process, and each current interns’ experience at The Children’s Center Utah. Following the interview, contact information will be provided for all members of the Psychology Training Committee, as well as the current interns, to support interviewees with any additional questions.


Please note: Per the minimum hourly requirements below, the program requires at least 400 intervention hours and at least 100 assessment hours. Given the unique circumstances related to COVID-19 and potential impact on training opportunities, The Children’s Center Utah may consider applicants with fewer clinical or assessment hours. Applicants who do not meet the minimum hourly requirement and are considering applying, must contact the Training Director (Samantha Smith, PsyD).

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: No
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 400
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 100
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable):
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 3
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:
Other Requirements: Interns selected for the internship must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check. The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing sets the standards and determines the criteria for background checks. The standards and procedures used are described in Utah Code Ann. 62A-2-120 through 122 and R501-14. Information regarding the states required background checks can be found at,agencies%20or%20programs%20except%20as%20permitted%20by%20R501-14-9 .
Program Description

The Children's Center Utah provides mental health services for families with infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children who are experiencing behavioral and emotional problems. Interns gain exposure to a breadth of psychiatric disorders ranging from ADHD, to Anxiety and Depression. The children have typically experienced high levels of trauma in their young lives. We also work with families whose children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Center provides a range of treatment including a Therapeutic Preschool Program, dyadic psychotherapy, and trauma work with young children. The treatment modality is relationship based and the application of attachment theory to clinical practice is emphasized. In addition, The Children's Center Utah is an affiliate member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). As a result, interns have the opportunity to be trained in the use of multiple evidence-based trauma treatments (TF-CBT, CPP, ABC, and ARC) with a preschool population. These evidenced based practices are essential tools for anyone working with families with very young children. Interns receive intensive supervision and effectively learn how to conduct comprehensive psychological evaluations on infants, toddlers and preschool aged children. By the conclusion of the internship, students have learned to diagnose and treat most of the DSM disorders impacting young children. The internship placement is ideal for students planning a career that focuses on early intervention and treatment with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Internship Training Opportunities


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

Treatment Modalities

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


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

Interns get the opportunity to become involved with the Utah Association of Infant Mental Health and Utah Psychological Association. TCCU staff sit on the board of these two organizations and support interns in getting involved with committees if they are interested. 

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 2022-2023
Number of Completed Applications: 17 15 32 67 37 66
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 11 12 17 38 24 30
Total number of interns: 2 2 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs: 2 2 4 4 4 4
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs: 0 0 1 2 2 3
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs: 2 2 3 2 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 1 2 3 3 2 2
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program 0 0 0 0 0 0
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program 1 0 1 1 2 2
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written 8 9 13 4 2 14
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written 17 9 24 52 35 69
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Working on dissertation/Student: 1 0 0 0 0 0
Postdoctoral Fellow: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Community Mental Health Center: 1 0 0 0 0 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Veteran's Affairs Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Military Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 1 0
General Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Medical Center: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Private Psychiatric Hospital: 0 0 0 0 1 0
State/County/Other Public Hospital: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Correctional Facility: 0 0 0 0 0 0
School District/System: 0 1 0 0 0 0
University Counseling Center: 0 0 0 0 1 0
University Teaching Faculty: 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 or 4 year Undergraduate Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Medical School: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Academic Non-Teaching Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Research Position: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Independent Practice: 0 0 0 0 0 1
Other (e.g. consulting): 0 1 0 0 1 2
Not Currently Employed: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Changed to Other Career Field: 0 0 0 0 0 0
Unknown: 0 0 0 0 0 1