Site Name: The Children's Center
Department: Psychology Internship Training Program
The Children’s Center’s interview process for the 2022-2023 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 01/07/2022 or 01/21/2022. Each applicant who is invited to interview at The Children’s Center will receive an individual interview with our Chief Psychologist (Dr. Jennifer Mitchel), which will be held remotely on Microsoft Teams. Interviewees will also complete a group interview with approximately three to six other intern applicants, hosted by the four 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. 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: the minimun clinical and assessment hours listed below (400 and 100 respectively) are preferred, but not required for application, due to the unique nature of COVID-19 and its impact on training opportunities. Please contact the Training Director (McCall Lyon, PsyD) with questions about application qualifications.
The Children's Center 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, parent-child 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 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, 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.
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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.